Stockton Heath

  • 9th

    Jul

    Vive la (Rose...) Revolution!

    When rose wine is mentioned, what do you think of? If the answer is Californian White Zinfandel or Pinot Grigio Blush then I wouldn't recommend reading on...!! Rose as a wine category has blossomed in the last decade and has moved on from a Summer drink (though there's nothing better than a chilled glass of Provence rose on a hot day!) or a tipple …

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  • 23rd

    Feb

    Buying the perfect Gift in 5 easy steps.

    As you can imagine we get a huge assortment of people coming in to buy gifts for all sorts of people and occasions, from birthdays, retirements & as a congratulation to wedding anniversaries and just because you a jolly good chap! So here are a few guidelines to help get the best possible gift! 1) Colour! We're good but we do like you to narrow…

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  • 19th

    Feb

    Celebrate, it's Margarita Day!!

    It’s Margarita Day 22nd February Margarita Day is a special celebration of the classic cocktail, invented in the 1930’s and loved by many.  Frozen margaritas became very popular in the 70’s when the trendy bartenders gave it a new lease of life.  Now, whether you prefer a classic margarita on the rocks or frozen, don’t miss this opportun…

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  • 19th

    Sep

    Awesome Autumn!

    Alas, the skies are turning greyer and the air is definitely a tad cooler (best not mention all that wet stuff that won’t relent…). To any naysayers out there, this is great news I reckon! You may be thinking I’m talking rot here, but it’s made me realise that due to our unseasonably good summer I’ve hardly touched a drop of red wine for …

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  • 12th

    Sep

    Spice things up!

    I once heard that variety is this the spice of life and the world of wine is quite possibly the finest example of this (not that I’m biased)! If you go into most supermarkets you’ll be greeted by shelves full of the usual suspects of chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, merlot et al. Don’t get me wrong, these grapes all pr…

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  • 14th

    Aug

    End of the road for Champagne??

    Well, perhaps that’s something of an overstatement! However, English sparkling wine has made giant strides in recent years from something that was looked upon with a great deal of scepticism, to one that competes and indeed outperforms many of the finest wines from across the Channel! Champagne is the most northerly of all the wine making regions…

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  • 23rd

    Jul

    NZ Sauvignon Blanc vs The World!

    Like anything, wine is dictated by what’s considered in fashion & this can change literally overnight. However, one fashion that seems to show no signs of abating is New Zealand sauvignon blanc – fresh, zingy and packed with tropical fruit and gooseberry, it ticks all the boxes for an easy to drink yet flavoursome wine. Approximately 70% of…

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  • 11th

    Jul

    Eins, Zwei, Dry!

    When you think of German wines, do you think of sweet aberrations such as Blue Nun, Black Tower etc?? This sadly, for Germany, is a common viewpoint. However, you only need to go back 50 years or so & the white wines were considered amongst the very best in the world - then the 1970’s came along & the market became flooded with such bottl…

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  • 29th

    Jun

    Roman Empire

    After I hosted an in store Italian tasting last night, I came to the conclusion that I really should reach for a bottle from her fair shores more often! Italy (quite rightly) is famed for wines such as Barolo, Chianti and Amarone but if you dig a little deeper you will find a plethora of riches waiting to be discovered! With hundreds of indigenous …

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  • 13th

    Jun

    World Gin Day - 15th June!

    Every year, to honour that most humble and delicious of spirits there is World Gin Day. This year it is on Saturday 15th June and  in tribute I will try (and fingers crossed succeed!) to help to make your gin just that little bit more exciting! A great place to start and understand a little bit more about Gin is to read the blog Bob posted last mo…

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