Stockton Heath

  • 20th

    Nov

    Just Don't Mention The Ashes...

    Over the past 10 years the reputation of Australian wine has been going from strength to strength. The "sunshine in a glass" tag that was frequently used is being ousted in favour of new words such as elegant and refined... My favourite aspect of Australian wine making is their inability to stick to the "Rules". In fact they never bothered making a…

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  • 29th

    Sep

    New vs Established

    The world of wine is one of huge diversity and is one of the most dynamic and exciting industries to be a part of. And that's before you've even put glass to nose, never mind lip and the potential adventure... (potential chaos after more than one bottle) that can ensue. With nearly every country in the world growing vines and using a plethora of gr…

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  • 24th

    Sep

    I Hate Whisky!

    I hate whisky. I know this because I've been on whisky tasting courses, drunk whisky cocktails and even enjoyed a whisky bar crawl and although I can taste and appreciate the flavours, the smells and the textures as I imbibe it, it simply isn't for me. I'm a gin man! ...........Is what I used to say ... a lot... in fact to everyone who asked me abo…

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  • 23rd

    Sep

    Distillery of the Month

    Portabello Road Gin takes centre stage this month, thanks to founder Ged Feltham and long-term collaborator/cocktail hero Jake Burger. The gin itself actually only came about after the business partners decided their bar (the Portabello Star which you should definitely visit if you're ever in London) could make better use of the space upstairs. And…

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  • 24th

    Aug

    Sparkler With A Difference

    I was asked this week what my favourite thing about wine is (which, by the way, I think is a brilliant question and thank you to the customer who asked me). I’ve thought a lot about this over each glass I’ve enjoyed since and sadly I cannot find one answer, BUT I know I’m not alone in saying one of my favourite things about wine is how depend…

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  • 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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