Are blends best? Yea

In a new vinous debate, two of our Buyers go head-to-head, considering whether it is the purity of one grape or the power of blends that makes the very best bottles. Here, Catriona Felstead MW takes to the floor to sing the praises of blended wines. It is a popular misconception that terroir is often […]

Spanish ageing explained

Our Spain Buyer Catriona Felstead MW de-codes three of the terms you’ll see on Spanish wine labels: Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva Most of us are used to seeing the terms “Crianza”, “Reserva” or “Gran Reserva” on wine labels – but what do they actually mean? In Spain (unlike South America) the use of these […]

Virginia is for wine-lovers

Our buyers are constantly on the hunt for exciting additions to our range, whether they be Bulgarian, Burgundian or – in this case – Virginian. Fresh on our list this month is a selection of Virginia’s finest wines and to celebrate we’re offering you the chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the state’s stunning […]

‘German? It must be sweet – I won’t like it…’

Many wine-drinkers make this leap – and miss some stunning wines. Modern German wines range from dry and appetising to gloriously sweet… but which is which? In an extract from our new book, Exploring & Tasting Wine: A wine course with digressions, Catriona Felstead MW reveals all. Knowing what’s in a tall, elegant Alsace or […]