Category: Old World

Island life: tracking indigenous varieties in Crete

Katherine Dart and Lenka Sedlackova – two intrepid MWs from our Buying team – have just returned from Crete, where they walked and talked amongst the vines at Domaine Lyrarakis – a producer determined to protect the island’s indigenous grapes Crete – with its secluded beaches, archaeological wonders and delicious food – is in many […]

Revive, refresh, repeat

With the mercury rising, we asked Amelia Thornhill from our Warehouse Shop to recommend three bottles guaranteed to soothe at the end of a hot summer’s day Over the last few years, gin has become extremely popular and those who know me know that I have loved riding the “gin wave”. New to my collection […]

How to make wine: rosé

As we officially kick off all things summer this week, we dive into opening the first of our 12 essential summer wines – our Own Selection Provence Rosé. We ask Wine and Spirits Education Specialist Barbara Drew to don her rosé-tinted spectacles and explain the different ways of making wine pink Looking out the window at […]

Declarations of Port

With will-they, won’t-they anticipation, the Port houses have (mostly) declared 2016 a vintage year. We ask Cellar Plan Manager Tom Cave to unravel the mystery behind these most enjoyable fortified wines It has always been said that on St George’s Day a Port Vintage would be “declared” and last week the admirable, family-run Symington group […]