Wines from the Rainbow Nation

In 1652 the Dutch East India Company set up a refreshment station and repair depot at the Cape of Good Hope for their merchant ships journeying between Europe, India and the Far East. Three years later, the first vineyard was planted and on 2nd February 1659 the first wine was pressed from Cape grapes. Now you can enjoy 350 years of South African wine making history at our Africa in Motion wine tasting.

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Discover Spain

Spain is one of the most visited countries in Europe by British holiday makers. According to statistics, 17 million Brits visit Spain every year, and another million or so are permanent residents. Spain, of course, is blessed with great weather all year round, has a varied gastronomy and is also a wine producing country, classed as part of the old world wine region. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Australian Sangiovese

As a country, Australia has been blessed with ideal wine growing conditions: climate, terroire and the overall know-how. There is no doubt that Australian wine makers have captivated the wine lovers all over the world – even more so in the United Kingdom. Read the rest of this entry »

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Not Red, Not White: Rose Anyone?

Summer is the season of outdoor activities and celebrations. Weddings, graduation ceremonies, barbeques and garden parties, to name but a few, can all be livened up by a well-chosen bubbly or lighter and fresher wines. Fruity dry white wines from the new world are a safe choice – but the more daring would certainly give rosé a chance. Read the rest of this entry »

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French Wine: A Turn in the Tide

For a long time French wine has been the favourite choice to accompany a meal – whether at home or in a restaurant. Although France still enjoys the number one spot in the world of wine for its grand cru and premier cru wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy, and some châteaux still command high prices, the tide for entry level and medium price range wines seems to be turning. Supermarkets and multiples have been reducing shelf space available for French wine and are gradually reallocating it to wines from the new world which have become more appealing to the British palate.
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Red or White for Christmas?

With the festive season fast approaching, our thoughts are turned to presents, house decoration and, of course, the culinary delights of Christmas. Even those who do not usually imbibe may crown the Christmas table with a decent bottle to bring out the best both in food and wine. But the plethora of Old and New World wines stockpiled by supermarkets and independent wine merchants may often present an unsurmountable challenge to the unsuspecting customer who, in this vinicultural jungle, may easily retreat by grabbing the nearest bottle.
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