Learn More About Wine…

We are keen to bring wines from smaller producers to a wider audience and so here is where we’ll share news of our discoveries, let you know about our Tastings and other Events and give you information which will help you get even more pleasure from wine.

“Contains Sulphites”…And A Good Thing, Too!

The most frequent question I’m asked about a wine nowadays is “does it contain sulphites?” and my answer is always “yes, virtually every wine contains sulphites, but only a tiny amount”. Sulphites (or sulfites in the USA) is the everyday term for the gas Sulphur Dioxide (SO2). It is added to wine during the bottling process because it is a non-toxic germicide and anti-oxidant, in other words it kills bacteria and prevents any oxygen … Read More

Wine Tasting, Not Binge Drinking

Winter sometimes comes early to Northern Spain, and long before we had reached the vineyard the steady October drizzle had turned to snow.  Spain’s usual hot climate dictates that good grapes will only be produced in the cooler temperatures of higher altitudes – 600 to 900 metres – and today the freezing level was about 400 metres!  Seeing grapes being harvested in a snowstorm was a surreal and I hope unique experience.  But the … Read More

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