# Monday, December 09, 2013

I like wine so I don’t really need any other reason to encourage me to drink it. If I did, there are plenty to choose from with the latest one that I have found, being that it helps to prevent eye disease. Apparently the chemical resveratrol in red wine prevents age related deterioration of the eye muscles and halts the growth of blood vessels in the eye which usually lead to failing eyesight.

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# Sunday, October 06, 2013

Is perhaps a little more than this article claims but it does seem that a daily drink in old age can improve memory in most elderly people. A study has found that 80% of elderly people would benefit from a daily alcoholic drink. It seems the anti-inflammatory properties of alcohol protect against dementia and stroke. I guess then I will make sure to get my daily glass of wine in now, just in case. 

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# Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Is the question raised in this article. English sparkling wine has been winning more and more awards and is certainly now very good. The problem still remains that the English climate can be unpredictable and often a whole harvest can be wiped out by a poor summer. When we have a good harvest, however, we seem to produce great wine. It has led for calls to name the English sparkling wine but what would we call it? With wine this good it’s a shame it’s not for sale in the supermarket, I would rather buy local if I can get it.

posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 10:34:37 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, April 15, 2013

If we believe what we read in the press red wine has many health benefits. It seems, however, that if you are overweight all of the potential benefits are blocked. New research had found that when given to overweight men Resveratrol the active compound in red wine had no positive effects.

posted on Monday, April 15, 2013 8:15:34 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, February 25, 2013

I have read a lot about the benefits of drinking wine, most people are prepared to admit it offers some health benefits when drunk in moderation. This is the first time, however, that I have come across anything claiming it can prevent hearing loss. The research claims that the chemical resveratrol found in grapes and red wine has a protective effect and can help to reduce the damage caused by loud noise. It is based upon a study where healthy rats were given the chemical before being exposed to loud noise for a period of time. As always I remain sceptical but will be sure to have a good dose of red wine just in case. Smile

posted on Monday, February 25, 2013 8:43:22 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, December 22, 2012

Experts have found that that wine drinkers lifestyles can be generalised according to their preferred wine colour. They studied the social habits of wine drinkers and found that those who drink red are more likely to have a degree, be married and drink more frequently. White wine drinkers on the other hand were home-lovers who enjoy a holiday in the UK and are content with their position on the career ladder.

The study looked at 2,000 adults comparing their earning, career prospects and personal attributes. More than half of red wine drinkers were university graduates and typically earn between £40-£45,000 a year. Only a quarter of these, however, were happy at work and 65% were wanting to scale higher up the career ladder. In comparison white wine drinkers earn around £25-£30,000 a year with only 43% having attended university. Despite 81% of this admitting they were near the top of their career, only 42% were ambitious and wanting to achieve further.

Red wine drinkers were more likely to be happily married whilst white wine drinkers in contrast were more likely to be single with 85% saying they were not looking for a relationship. Red wine drinkers were more likely to holiday overseas with white wine drinkers choosing to holiday within the UK. Personality wise red wine drinkers see themselves as confident, relaxed, strong and intelligent whilst white wine drinkers describe themselves as practical, bright, shy, quiet and reserved.

posted on Saturday, December 22, 2012 9:50:18 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, November 08, 2012

A world wine shortage has been predicted after experts forecast production will slump to the lowest level in 37 years. Output has been affected in many areas by adverse weather conditions with France’s harvest being affected by winter drought, hailstorms and an arid summer and Italy's crop also suffering weather damage although on a less severe scale. Production is also expected to fall in Argentina, Spain, Hungary and New Zealand. The fall is expected to push up prices as demand exceeds supply.

posted on Thursday, November 08, 2012 8:31:20 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Research carried out by Rutgers University has found that even moderate drinking such as two glasses of wine can halve the amount of brain cells we produce. The research found that moderate drinking can decrease the production of adult brain cells by as much as 40% with long term effects including impaired memory. I guess this outweighs all the so called positive effects that a daily glass of red wine is supposed to give you.

posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 8:08:46 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, July 24, 2012
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This giant wine bottle is 30ft long and weighs three tonnes. It was made specially for the Sixth Yantai International Wine Expo held in Shandong province. It was designed so that all the visitors could try the same wine. I wonder how many litres of wine it actually contains.

posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 9:20:31 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I am always pleased when I find another excuse to drink wine. A study has found that drinking one or two glasses of wine a day can protect women against brittle bones. Those who drink a moderate amount of alcohol were less likely to develop osteoporosis. The findings come after another study which found drinking three glasses of wine a week can half the risk of arthritis in women. I’m convinced .

posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 10:14:39 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, July 13, 2012

French farmers attempting to create the best beef in Europe have been rearing their cows on fine wine. In an experiment three cows were fed local wine over a period of four months. The mix of barley, hay and grapes apparently produced very happy cows and ending up producing exceptionally succulent meat. Like humans, cows have a recommended daily unit allowance with each cow being allowed between a litre and a litre and half of wine in a day. The downside of the experiment is that the wine adds up to £80 to the cost of a prime beef cut of meat. Still, it’s and interesting idea.

posted on Friday, July 13, 2012 8:30:48 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, June 16, 2012
Parsnip Wine

Some friends of mine brought us a bottle of this parsnip wine. It’s not something I have seen before and not being able to imagine how parsnip wine would taste I was very curious to try it. It really does need to be served chilled because it is incredibly sweet. It tastes almost like a pale cream sherry. It really is a bit too sweet for my taste but my husband seemed to like it.

posted on Saturday, June 16, 2012 8:53:57 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, June 06, 2012

wine_610x407This is an interesting idea, it’s a wine fridge that stores the bottles upright. Aimed at those that want to store opened bottles of wine it is made to take 750ml bottles. The fridge has a large front viewing window so you can see exactly what wine it contains and has room for eight bottles of wine.

posted on Wednesday, June 06, 2012 8:46:09 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, May 10, 2012

Not that I need another reason to drink red wine, but if I did, scientists now believe it could help you live longer. It seems that an ingredient in red wine boosts the body’s cell energy. Resveratrol has the ability to work against cancer, heart disease and obesity and has already been found to improve the health of mice and increase their lifespan when combined with a high fat diet. Well I’m convinced, time for some wine.

posted on Thursday, May 10, 2012 1:06:53 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, April 19, 2012

Not that I need another excuse to drink wine but if this article is to be believed red wine could reduce your chance of getting fat. Research has shown that a compound found in red wine can help control obesity. The substance, called piceatannol delays the generation of fat cells and prevents them from growing into mature fat cells. Well I’m convinced, time for a glass of wine.

posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 9:24:36 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, January 03, 2012

If you like me are partial to a little bit of cheese and wine, then you might want to rethink your wine choices. Whilst many people, think a red wine is the perfect accompaniment to a good cheese it seems a white wine might be better. According to this article white wine is a much better choice with cheese than red. The main reason is that red wines are generally more strongly flavoured than whites and as such can overshadow all but the most robust cheese. White wines on the other hand are more versatile and compliment a much wider range of cheeses. It seems the tannins in red wines simply dominate the flavours of most cheeses so experts recommend drinking white instead to get more from your cheese experience. Whites that have been “oaked”, that is left in oak barrels should also be avoided with cheese.

posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2012 8:08:23 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, November 19, 2011
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This is interesting it’s a papier mache wine bottle. The bottle has been invented by British inventor Martin Myerscough who is currently in talks with supermarkets who he hopes will use his invention. Called the Greenbottle it is made completely of papier mache meaning it has a carbon footprint of just 10% of the equivalent glass wine bottle. It is biodegradable so you can compost it and it should break down within a few weeks. The bottle itself does not actually come into contact with the wine but includes a plastic liner within the box which is presumably not recyclable, similar to the idea of cardboard wine boxes which are currently available. It’s an interesting idea but I wonder how many wine manufacturers will choose to put their wine in paper bottles rather than glass ones.

posted on Saturday, November 19, 2011 10:36:58 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, November 13, 2011

If this article is correct then you might want to consider the music you are listening to when drinking a glass of wine. A study published in the British Journal of Psychology found that people who drink wine whilst listening to music perceive the wine to have the same characteristics of the particular artist. Those drinking Merlot for example should try listening to Tom Jones for the best earthy and full bodied taste experience. Pinot Grigio on the other hand would be best enjoyed when listening to Lady Gaga.

The study looked at 250 students, half of whom were male and half female. They were given either a Cabernet Sauvignon or Chilean Chardonnay and played one of four songs on a loop for 15 minutes. The songs included Carmina Burana by Orff  which was chosen because it is powerful and heavy. The Waltz of the Flowers from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker chosen because it is subtle and refined. Just Can't Get Enough by Nouvelle Vague chosen for being zingy and refreshing and Slow Breakdown by Michael Brook which is mellow and soft. A fifth group drank the wine with no music. The wines were given the highest ratings for being powerful and heavy by those who drank them to the tune of Carmina Burana. Those that listened to Michael Brook rated the wine as mellow and soft more than other tastes. The results of the study showed consistently that emotional connotations of the music influenced the perception of taste.

posted on Sunday, November 13, 2011 12:38:56 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, October 29, 2011

If you need another reason to drink wine then this article is worth a read. It suggests that a glass of wine a day can help to strengthen the bones. A study has found that drinking moderate amounts of wine can reduce the risk of osteoporosis. The study looked at 1,000 pairs of female twins and explored the relationship between diet and fracture risk. Dietary patterns were monitored and correlated to the number of broken bones. The results found that moderate wine intake was associated with higher bone mineral density. Other alcoholic drinks such as beer and spirits do not appear to have the same effect.

posted on Saturday, October 29, 2011 7:27:44 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, October 08, 2011

It looks like the recent hot weather could be good news for English wine. It seems the so called Indian summer has led to a last minute surge in the ripening of grapes providing perfect conditions for UK winemakers. According to this article the recent high temperatures have created the perfect balance of acid and sugar in the grapes. Although this years grape crop is likely to be smaller than usual, what grapes there are should produce a sensational wine. It could be a vintage to stock up on, when it starts to go sale.

posted on Saturday, October 08, 2011 11:49:08 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, October 01, 2011

That’s the claim made in this article. Researchers have found that on average we spend 24 days a year struggling with the symptoms of a hangover, which equates to 1,452 days during the average adults lifetime. The results come from a survey of 2,000 adults and was carried out by YorkTest.It comes as no surprise that Saturday and Sunday were the most common days to be hungover. Nearly half of those surveyed also admitted to having rung in sick following a heavy night of drinking with a third having been warned by their boss over their behaviour. I  would be curious as to the age group surveyed. I can admit to often being being hangover when I was a bit younger but now being a little older and wiser I struggle to remember the last time I suffered the effects of an alcohol fuelled night out.

posted on Saturday, October 01, 2011 12:08:53 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, September 29, 2011

A few weeks ago I read an article about Waitrose stocking a range of Indian wine. Whilst I haven't been able to get my hands on any myself yet, I was interested to see that it has proved to be rather popular. The two varieties Ritu Viognier, 2010 and Zampa Syrah, 2008 went on sale at the discounted prices of £8.49 and £6.99 and quickly sold out with sales far exceeding expectations. So much so that Waitrose are now adding them to their permanent range. Time to get down to Waitrose and find out what all the fuss is about I think.

posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 11:24:02 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, September 08, 2011
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Waitrose has recently started selling two new wines from India. The upmarket wines are made from traditional French grapes varieties viognier and syrah which are gown in the Maharashtra region of India. They are said to be the perfect complement to spicy food. Although it is not known for its wine India has been cultivating grapes for around 6,000 years with grape production believed to have been introduced by Persian traders in around 4,000 BC. Although growing conditions in the area are good Indian wine has always been thought inferior to traditional producers and has failed to thrive. Perhaps we might start seeing more Indian wine on the supermarket shelves if this range proves to be popular. I will certainly be popping into Waitrose for a bottle. If you want some the Ritu Viognier costs £6.99 and the Zampa Syrah £8.49.

posted on Thursday, September 08, 2011 10:18:36 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, August 29, 2011

I am a fan of wine boxes for everyday drinking and cooking so was interested to see that they have got smaller. The normal sized 3 litre box has reduced to a slightly smaller 2.25 litres. It seems with the price of wine boxes having gone up they have become less popular and fewer people are choosing to buy them. The boxes then have been downsized with a smaller price tag of around the £11.39 mark rather than the previous price more than £15. Sainsbury’s who have made the change have said it has resulted in an increase in sales of more than 5%. Personally it has been a while since I brought wine as I am currently unable to drink so have not noticed the change. I do tend to buy more premium boxed wine, however, paying in region of £20 to £25 a box. I wonder whether these have also been downsized or if it is just a change to the Sainsbury’s brand?

posted on Monday, August 29, 2011 2:46:15 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, August 27, 2011

For me, sadly, it’s very little at the moment being halfway through my pregnancy but it seems the average Briton drinks 5,800 pints in their lifetime and suffers from 726 hangovers. They will also drink 8,700 glasses of wine. The results are based upon a survey of 2,000 people. It found that most people drink at least three nights a week and have nine drinks in total which works out to 468 a year. Over half of people regularly drink in their home but it seems only 17% of people now regularly visit the pub. The survey which was carried out by Benenden Healthcare Society also revealed that the average Briton starts experimenting with alcohol at the age of 14. Four out of ten people admitted they can’t go longer than a week without having a drink, whilst 10% would make it through just 2 days before opening a bottle. The results certainty make interesting reading.

posted on Saturday, August 27, 2011 10:57:02 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, August 08, 2011

As a lover of wine I am always looking for more excuses reasons to drink it. This latest one seems a little bizarre. It claims that drinking wine can protect you from sunburn. It seems that a substance in grapes can protect the cells from damage caused by Ultraviolet rays. The flavonoids in the grapes can stop the chemical reaction that causes cells to die and therefore stop skin damage. So based on this, I will making sure to always have a cold glass of wine in hand when sitting in the sun.

posted on Monday, August 08, 2011 9:29:14 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, August 01, 2011

A 200 year old bottle of wine has recently been sold for £75,000. The wine which is a 1811 Chateau d'Yquem has beaten the record for the most expensive bottle of wine not sold at auction. It was purchased by French collector Christian Vanneque. He intends to put the wine on display in his new restaurant. Despite the price it is still not the most expensive wine ever sold, this honour goes to a bottle of 1947 French Cheval-Blanc which sold at auction for £192,000 last November.

posted on Monday, August 01, 2011 10:44:51 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, June 30, 2011

That’s according to this article which suggests the French may be losing their love for wine. In two generations French wine consumption has dropped by three billion bottles, the equivalent of a bottle per adult per week. Researchers believe that the culture of wine drinking in France is being lost with the younger generations being less likely to drink a bottle with food and more likely to drink simply for pleasure. It seems the French are now drinking wine occasionally rather than on a regular basis, a change which has occurred within the last two generations. The research looked at successive generations and their approach to wine drinking. The over 65s were most concerned with wine heritage and more likely to drink it daily. The middle groups were more occasional drinkers and were more likely to drink socially with friends. With the under 30s, however, wine consumption was the exception rather than the rule. It seems it is decline in younger drinkers that is largely responsible for the decline in consumption.

posted on Thursday, June 30, 2011 12:29:28 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, June 29, 2011

This is interesting it’s a scheme being run in Hackney that uses refillable glass wine bottles. Launched by Borough Wines the scheme offers red, white and rose wines in a single use glass bottle for £10. However, if you bring your own bottle and fill it up from one of the barrels then you can get a whole litre of wine for £6, a 50% saving. The refill scheme works by buying large boxes of quality wine which it then decants into barrels and is able to sell at bargain prices. I think it’s quite a good idea. It would certainly save on the amount of bottles I have to take to the bottle bank every week. It’s just a shame no one does this in my area.

posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 10:19:58 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, June 16, 2011
Free Wine

If you like wine (lets face it who doesn’t) and you shop with Abel and Cole, then now is a good time to place a meat order. They currently have a special offer running which means you get a free bottle of wine when you spend over £30 on meat. All you need to do is place your meat order as normal and enter the code from the website to get your free bottle. It is worth at least £10 and you can choose from red, white or rose depending on your preference. I am yet to try the wine but received one with my order today as well as a free bottle of organic tomato ketchup.

posted on Thursday, June 16, 2011 9:11:28 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, June 05, 2011

If you fancy visiting some UK based vineyards this summer, this article highlights ten which might be worth a look. On  the list are Biddenden Vineyards in Kent and Tenterden Vineyard, both of which I remember visiting some years ago. A few others are within easy reach such as Bookers Vineyard in Sussex and Denbies Wine Estate near Dorking, so they will be on my list for future day trips.

posted on Sunday, June 05, 2011 2:13:05 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, June 01, 2011

That’s according to this article which suggests visiting the pub five times a week is good for you as long as you drink in moderation. Research has shown that drinking two pints or the similar units of wine on a regular basis can actually be good for your liver. In fact drinking in moderation can actually be better for you than drinking only occasionally or not at all with only excessive alcohol intake causing damage. Frequent but moderate alcohol consumption can reduce the chances of a fatty liver, the main cause of liver disease by up to 60%. Based on this, I’m off to open a bottle of wine.

posted on Wednesday, June 01, 2011 10:52:21 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, May 14, 2011

According to this article a record amount of English wine was produced last year. Over 4 million bottles was produced as an increasing amount of farmers have turned towards wine production. This is the highest volume of wine ever produced, breaking a previous record of 3.5 million bottles. Figures show that there is 75% more land turned over to wine over the last five years. In addition to this last years cold and wet late summer provided good conditions for sparkling wine which thrives in cool weather. Currently the biggest producers are Chapel Down and Nyetimber who both specialise in sparkling wine. Waitrose have also recently entered the market and in 2009 started planting chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes, although these vines will take another 2 years before they start producing grapes. With more English wine being produced it would be nice to see some on sale in the local supermarket.

posted on Saturday, May 14, 2011 12:40:33 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, April 02, 2011

If you are partial to a bottle of Jacobs Creek then you might want to check the label more carefully. According to this article there have been a number of cases of fake wine being sold under the label. The wine which comes from China has been sold to retailers for £2.00 a bottle. It does, however, contain inferior wine. The bottles which are sold for the same price as the genuine product often contains spelling mistakes in the small print on before the label so it might be worth reading the label more carefully before purchasing.

posted on Saturday, April 02, 2011 12:30:41 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, March 08, 2011

According to this article drinking a glass of wine or a pint of beer a day can cut your chances of developing dementia. Research has shown that people who drink between two and three units of alcohol a day were 29% less likely to develop dementia than those who were teetotal. Drinkers were also 42% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s. The results led the researchers to the conclusion that moderate alcohol consumption can actually have a protective effect against dementia. They believe it works by lowering cholesterol levels, stopping blood from clotting too much and improving insulin sensitivity to blood sugar levels. However, prolonged heavy drinking can have the opposite effect and is thought to be responsible for one in ten cases of dementia.

posted on Tuesday, March 08, 2011 10:02:49 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I drink rather a lot of wine but was unaware that more than a quarter of alcohol sold in licensed premises is counterfeit alcohol. According to this article fake alcohol is a growing problem with organised gangs making it on an industrial scale. In many cases the alcohol sold is simply a cheaper version of what you think you are purchasing with cheaper wine often being poured into more expensive bottles, however, some also contain dangerous levels of chemicals. One way to avoid getting caught out is to check the label more carefully. In the video that accompanies the article we are shown a bottle of wine which looks very much like the real thing but upon closer inspection it contains several spelling errors. I personally, don’t check the label that carefully as wine is often an impulse buy driven by a special offer, however, I will paying more attention with future purchases.

posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 12:03:24 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, January 28, 2011

If this article is to be believed Australians are increasingly choosing wine over beer. If the trend continues it is thought wine sales will overtake beer sales within 10 years. In fact the consumption of beer has dropped by almost half to its lowest level in 50 years. Wine sales, however, have increased three fold over the same period.

posted on Friday, January 28, 2011 9:54:43 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, January 27, 2011

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This is interesting its a wine that contains a venomous snake. Produced in a village in Vietnam the wine contains snakes and scorpions. It is made with either a cobra or scorpion encased in the wine. The poison of the creature, however, is cancelled out by the alcoholic content of the drink and the fermenting process. The wine is thought to have many health benefits and is used to treat various problems such as back pain, rheumatism and lumbago. It is also thought to increase male virility.

posted on Thursday, January 27, 2011 10:55:32 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wine-bottle-sediment-007This is interesting its a wine bottle that has been designed to catch the sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Chef Martín Berasategui designed it as a way of decanting the wine whilst it is in the bottle. The bottle has a chamber at the base which captures the sediment rather than it being poured out with the wine. It also acts as a decanter because of its special shape.

posted on Thursday, January 13, 2011 10:46:10 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, November 11, 2010

According to this article a New Zealand wine will become the first to display the carbon emissions per glass. Mobius Marlborough sauvignon blanc will show the full environmental impact of each individual glass serving on its label. The information will of course be different depending on where it is sold. Bottles sold in New Zealand are expected to carry a figure of 140g of CO2 whereas bottles shipped to Australia will display something in the region of 190g. Wines shipped to the UK will have a much higher figure. It will certainly be interesting to see the information but I wonder how much it will affect which wines people choose. I would happily buy English wine but it is impossible to find in the supermarket.

posted on Thursday, November 11, 2010 9:55:16 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, November 09, 2010

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This is the world’s largest wine glass which has recently been unveiled in Lebanon. It measures 94.48 inches high and 65 inches in diameter and beats the previous world record which was set in 1998. It holds an amazing 100 bottles of wine.

posted on Tuesday, November 09, 2010 7:40:31 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, November 06, 2010

According to this article this years wine harvest could be one of the best vintages in a decade. This is mainly because weather conditions over the last nine months have been almost perfect for vineyards with a hard winter, mild spring and hot June. The 2010 wines which will start to appear next spring could prove to be one of the best vintages yet. Grape yields have also been much greater than usual with one vineyard reporting a harvest of 250 tons this month, the biggest yield in three years. I wonder then whether we might see the supermarkets finally starting to stock some English wine.

posted on Saturday, November 06, 2010 12:45:13 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, August 09, 2010

I don’t really need a reason to drink wine but I find I can justify it a little more when I find articles like this. The article suggests that drinking red wine can help you to live a longer and healthier life. American researchers have found that resveratrol which is found in the skin of red grapes can reduce inflammation that leads to heart disease, stroke and Diabetes. It has also been shown to prolong the life of roundworms and flies. Researchers now want to study its effect on humans but early signs indicate that it could help reduce the development of type 2 diabetes, ageing, heart disease and strokes. This seems like another excuse to have a glass of wine.

posted on Monday, August 09, 2010 10:14:25 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, July 22, 2010

Divers have found what is thought to be the world’s oldest champagne. It is thought to pre-date the French Revolution and has been found on the Baltic seabed. 30 bottles of the Clicquot which was produced between 1782 and 1788 were found in a shipwreck on the Baltic seabed. It is thought the champagne could fetch around £45,000 a bottle at auction.

posted on Thursday, July 22, 2010 11:30:51 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, July 13, 2010

According to this article last years Bordeaux is already selling for £1,000 a bottle. The vintage which is yet to be bottled is thought to be one of the best in recent years due to the perfect conditions of last years wet spring and hot summer. Despite this there is some surprise that it is fetching such high prices. It seems the price isn’t putting people off though with investors and wine lovers willing to pay to get their hands on a bottle. Unfortunately its a little out of my price range.

posted on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 8:11:41 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, July 12, 2010

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This is an interesting idea, it’s a wine vending machine which has recently been introduced in Pennsylvania making it America’s first. The machine allows customers to select a bottle of wine from the screen. They then need to swipe their drivers licence, look into the camera and blow into a breathalyser to be able to purchase the wine. The machine is one of two on trial but if successful up to 100 of them could be rolled out across the state.

posted on Monday, July 12, 2010 11:04:08 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, July 04, 2010

In what seems to be something of a triumph for English wine a little know sparkling wine has won a major trophy. Carmel Valley Wines in Cornwall recently won the International Wine Challenge Trophy beating more than 450 other wines. Carmel valley won the sparkling rosé category beating the more expensive wines from top champagne houses.  It is the first time an English wine has ever won the award. The wine Camel Valley Bacchus 2007 retails at £26.50.

posted on Sunday, July 04, 2010 10:41:30 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, June 20, 2010

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This is interesting its an individual serving of wine in its own plastic container. Called cup-a-wine it has recently gone on sale at Marks and Spencer and is proving to be rather popular. That’s despite the fact that the idea was rejected as unworkable on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den programme. The product is a single serve plastic container of French wine with a tear off lid. It comes in small 125ml and medium 175ml. They cost £2.25 each and currently include a Shiraz, Rose and Chardonnay. When launched they quickly sold out. They are proving to be popular for picnics and lunches.

posted on Sunday, June 20, 2010 5:24:04 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, May 25, 2010

It seems English wines have done rather well at this years International Wine Challenge with two vineyards winning top awards. The Carmel Valley winery in Cornwall won a gold for its 2008 Pinot Noir Rose Brut and Nyetimber based in West Sussex also won gold with its 2001 Blanc de Blancs. The wines were tasted by a panel of 400 judges who awarded scores for faithfulness to variety, country, region and vintage. Although the top three gold medal winning nations were France with 75 medals, Australia with 65 and Portugal with 35, it seems English wines are starting to gain more recognition.

posted on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:27:50 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, May 17, 2010

There have been quite a few stories recently about supermarkets moving to plastic wine bottles in order to reduce emissions and cut waste. Whilst that is a good thing they could be compromising the taste of the wine if this article is to be believed. The article cites new research which suggests white wine stored in plastic bottles loses its freshness within six months. Apparently the flavour and chemical composition of wine changes within six months of being packaged in plastic bottles or bags which are often used in wine boxes. This is because the wine starts to oxidise after this time. The wine has been shown to remain stable in glass bottles, however, and red wine remains more stable than white. I tend to not buy plastic bottles of wine but I do buy wine boxes fairly often. Whilst the boxes never last as long as six months in our house I do wonder how many months they have been sitting in a warehouse before they reach me, perhaps I should switch to bottles.

posted on Monday, May 17, 2010 10:18:11 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Marks and Spencer will convert its range of mini wines from glass to plastic bottles. The supermarket is introducing the measure on all its 25cl bottles which will now be made out of an environmentally friendly plastic. The small bottles of wine are popular as an in-flight drink and also sell more in the summer when they are used for picnics. Marks and Spencer currently sell around 100,000 mini bottles a week and will be the first UK retailer to convert it’s entire range of small bottles to plastic. The new bottles have the advantage of being 88% lighter than the glass alternative meaning they will reduce distribution emissions. They are also 100% recyclable and have the advantage of having a longer shelf life.

posted on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 9:22:35 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, May 04, 2010

_47746858_009193754-1This replica wine fountain has recently been unveiled at Hampton Court Palace. It is similar to those that would have been used by Henry V111 and has been created after the remains of a 16th century fountain were found at a archaeological dig at the palace in 2008. It stands 13ft high and is made of timber, lead, bronze and gold leaf. The best thing about it, however, is that it is a working replica. At weekends and bank holidays it will serve red and white wine priced at £3.50 a glass. I like the idea of a wine fountain I wonder if I can convince my husband to build one.

posted on Tuesday, May 04, 2010 9:48:40 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, April 24, 2010

A bottle of Dom Perignon has broken the record for the most expensive wine ever to be sold at a British bar. The bottle of methuselah 1996 Rosé Gold was sold by a top London hotel for £35,000. In addition to the wine the buyer who is thought be a Russian billionaire left a £10,625 tip and paid the £4,375 service charge making the total bill £50,000. That’s the equivalent of £1,562.50 per glass. I hope it was worth it.

posted on Saturday, April 24, 2010 11:03:42 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Scientists have developed a way of “carbon dating” wine which is able to spot whether it is fake vintage. The test measures the trace amounts of carbon released into the atmosphere during atomic bomb testing which have been absorbed by the vines into the wine. As the radioactive carbon has gradually reduced each year since the testing ceased in the 1960s scientists are able to pin point which year the wines were actually made. Currently it is thought that up to five per cent of wine sold is fake so the technique should go some way towards stopping customers being overcharged for a fake vintage. It has been tested on 20 Australian red wines made from 1959 to 1997 and has been accurate to within a year. I’m guessing, however, that for much older vintages the technique would not work as it relies on comparing the amount of carbon released from the bomb testing in the 1940s to 1960s, to the vintage in question.

posted on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 11:42:43 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, March 27, 2010

According to this article wine from Uruguay is becoming more popular with its Tannat wines putting it on the map. Uruguay is currently the fourth most important wine producing country in South America but it is fast gaining recognition for the quality of its wines. Uruguay has around 1,800 wine producers and has been exporting wine throughout Lain America and the US since the 1990, however, you don’t see much of it around in the UK. I wonder where I can pick up a bottle of Tannat.

posted on Saturday, March 27, 2010 11:38:43 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, March 12, 2010

Wine lovers who thought they were investing in new age wine have been duped by a bogus scheme. They were offered what they thought was a chance to buy new age wine for £100 a bottle. The wine would then be kept for them for seven years whilst it matured and they would be sent regular updates on their purchase. In fact the scheme was completely fake and police have recently arrested six suspects who were running it from their homes in east London. Some would be investors are thought to have spent as much £100,000 on the scheme which targeted those on wine club marketing lists.

posted on Friday, March 12, 2010 9:07:10 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, February 24, 2010

According to this article some French vineyards are starting to make their fruit into health tonics, pills and dietary supplements in order to move into the teetotal market. Is seems that these products can often be made from the part of the grape that would be discarded. Although some wineries have traditionally turned this wine residue into state subsidised industrial alcohol, these subsidies are due to be ended and so producers are looking towards new markets and instead looking to develop medicines and supplements. One producer that the article mentions produces Dionysox a drink made from the grape skins which he sells as a dietary supplement whilst another sells dietary supplements made from the vines. Although 80% of wine studies show it has a positive affect on health there are as yet no guarantee that the wine extracts do, so it would be interesting to see if any of these products undergo any clinical trials.

posted on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 9:31:48 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, February 21, 2010

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This rather unusual wine press has recently been discovered in southern Israel. The press measures 21ft by 54ft and is unusual because it has an octagonal shape. The press which is 1,400 years old would have been quite advanced for its time and the size of it indicates that wine was produced here for export rather than local consumption. Wine would have been produced by crushing the grapes on the treading floor. It would then have flowed into a distributing vat and have been collected on two vats on either side.

posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 1:26:23 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, February 13, 2010

When you think of Scotland wine isn’t really the first thing that comes to mind. A chef from Perthshire, however, is hoping to change that. Pete Gottgens has planted vines in the grounds of the Ardeonaig hotel in Perthshire and hopes to produce Scotland’s first commercially available wine. Inspired by dessert wines produced in Canada and Sweden he has planted 48 vines of four different varieties. He hopes they will produce something this year even if it does turn out to be vinegar. It will certainly be interesting to see the results.

posted on Saturday, February 13, 2010 12:34:15 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, February 04, 2010

According to this article an English sparkling wine has beaten some of the leading French champagne producers to win an international competition. The Champion of Worldwide Sparkling Wines competition is run by Italy’s wine magazine Euposia. It attracts sparkling wines from around the world which are tasted in a blind tasting by a panel of judges. The Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2003 which is made in Sussex won the competition beating some notable French wines including Bollinger. Two other English wines also featured in the top 12.

posted on Thursday, February 04, 2010 10:15:47 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, January 03, 2010

According to this article Japanese wine is seeing a rise in popularity. Whilst the country is not traditionally know for its great wines they are increasingly exporting to the US and Europe. Around 90 wineries operate near Mount Fuji with the focus on producing wine from 100% domestically grown grapes. The wineries already produce chardonnay and other wines from European grapes but have recently taken inspiration from the Koshu grape which is an indigenous variety. The resulting wine is being marketed as the perfect accompaniment to sushi and one Tokyo based wine merchant called Millesimes has won considerable critical acclaim for its Shizen 2006, Curvee Denis Durbourdieu. They are now exporting bottles to England and France and with interest growing, it appears we could be seeing more Japanese wine appearing in our supermarkets soon.

posted on Sunday, January 03, 2010 1:04:33 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, December 11, 2009

According to this article red wine could actually be good for your teeth. Scientists have claimed that it contains chemicals which could help combat tooth decay by stopping bacteria from sticking to the teeth. The findings which are due to be published in the journal Food Chemistry suggest that a glass of red wine a day can help teeth healthy and reduce the need for fillings. Studies have also shown that red wine can improve brain power, boost your immune system and fight diabetes and obesity. Wine. Is there anything it can’t do?

posted on Friday, December 11, 2009 11:03:45 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, November 17, 2009

According to this article Aldi and Lidl are both selling a bottle of champagne for just £9.99. Aldi’s Vue Monsigny and Lidl’s Comte de Brismand both sell for just under £10. They get mixed reviews from critics with some experts suggesting the taste is not that great but others calling it elegant and fruity. Unfortunately I don’t have an Aldi or a Lidl near me otherwise I would buy some and post a review. Have you tried either of these bottles of champagne and if so what were they like?

posted on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 11:18:25 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, November 15, 2009

According to this article two companies with rather different products are currently developing wines specifically for Asian food. Taylor and Shroff wines and Atul Kochhar have both developed wines that are matched to the food. Kochhar has worked with classic sauvignon blanc and merlot and developed them to complement complex curries. Taylor and Shroff on the other hand have created cherry, apricot and ginger wines that are designed to be drunk over ice. The Taylor and Shroff wines are currently available at around a dozen restaurants and Kochhar sells his wines at his restaurant in London and Southampton so they are not yet widely available. I will be interested to try both, I wonder how long it will be before they come to a restaurant near me.

posted on Sunday, November 15, 2009 1:25:39 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, October 30, 2009

If this article is to be believed, then white wines could actually be worse for your teeth than red. Scientists have found that white wines such as Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio wear away tooth enamel more quickly than reds like Merlot and claret. Researchers have found that prolonged contact with white wine can erode the protective layer of enamel making teeth more sensitive to cold, hot and sweet food.

A team looked at the effects of eight red and white wines on the enamel of teeth removed from people between the age of 40 and 65. The teeth were soaked in the wine for up to 24 hours and then analysed to see how much damage had occurred. The teeth that had been soaked in the white wine had more damage than those soaked in the red. White wine has also been found to cause staining to teeth because the acids cause spots and groove in the enamel leaving them vulnerable to stains from tea and coffee. The good news, however, is that calcium rich food can offset some of the damage to teeth helping to prevent dental erosion. Next time I have a glass of wine, I will make sure I have a nice piece of cheese with it.

posted on Friday, October 30, 2009 10:15:26 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, June 27, 2009

According to this article the English wine industry is increasing significantly with an increase of 45 per cent over the last four years. There are now 416 vineyards in England, a total of 2,732 acres on vines under cultivation. Most English grapes are currently used to make sparkling wine and it is estimated that around 5 million bottles will be made a year. In comparison to other countries such as France whose Champagne region alone produces 50 million bottles, this is still a small amount but is a huge increase from ten years ago. As English wine becomes more popular some supermarkets such as Waitrose have started planting vines. They are growing chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes at their Leckford Estate in Hampshire. Despite the claims that English wine is becoming more widely produced I don’t think I have seen any on the shelf in the supermarket yet, although I will continue to look out for it.

posted on Saturday, June 27, 2009 10:07:33 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, June 18, 2009

According to this article wine sales in Britain have fallen for the first time in ten years. Figures show that the average British household does still drink more than a bottle of wine a week, however, it appears that people are cutting back. 1.16 billion litres of wine were sold in Britain in 2008, a two per cent fall on the previous year and the first time there has been an annual fall since 1995. One factor that might be behind the fall is the increase in wine duty last year which means a duty of £1.61 on a standard bottle. It might also be that people are spending their money more wisely in the current economic climate. What do you think? Are you buying less wine?

posted on Thursday, June 18, 2009 7:54:46 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, April 24, 2009

According to this article wine sales have plummeted as people begin to feel the effect of the recession. The article says that the amount of win brought in pubs and clubs has shrunk by 1%, that's the equivalent of around 12 million bottles. The figures from The Grocer also show that supermarkets, convenience stores and garage forecourts are also selling less wine, whilst off licenses have recorded a drop of 6% in sales value. Personally I haven't been buying less wine to drink at home but I do tend to drink less if I go out to a pub or restaurant as prices are usually overinflated.

posted on Friday, April 24, 2009 8:15:41 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, April 23, 2009

In an unusual incident Two men wearing balaclavas robbed a wine shop in Surrey armed with a cheese knife. It is not clear whether the men had opened a particularly nice piece of cheese and had forgotten the wine to accompany it or whether they were simply after the money. They did, however, get away with £377 before fleeing on foot.

posted on Thursday, April 23, 2009 8:25:11 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, February 19, 2009

Regular readers will know that I like wine so I am always quick to highlight articles about the benefits of drinking it. This article, however, says just the opposite. It is based upon a study from the National Cancer Institute in Paris which found that as little as one unit of alcohol, the equivalent of half a glass of wine can increase the risk of colon cancer by nine per cent and the risk of mouth or throat cancer by 168 per cent. The report also found that when more alcohol was drunk the risk was greater. The findings appear to dispute previous claims that small amounts of alcohol could be good for heart health. I seem to read conflicting reports every few weeks so its hard to know what to believe, but I think I like wine a bit too much to be giving it up.

posted on Thursday, February 19, 2009 11:43:30 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, January 02, 2009

This article is interesting, it suggests that it is possible to turn young wine into something more pleasant simply by passing an electric current through it. A study was carried out on a three month old Cabernet Sauvignon from a Chinese winery. The batches of wine spent one, three or eight minutes in various electrical fields before being analysed and sampled by a panel of tasters. It was found that the wine which was initially "harsh and pungent" had become "harmonious and dainty" and tests found the chemistry of the wine had changed making it less acidic and more fruity and fragrant. I wonder if there is a way to do this at home?

posted on Friday, January 02, 2009 1:50:16 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, October 17, 2008

This article suggests that smokers who regularly drink red wine could reduce their risk of developing lung cancer. Research suggests that smokers who drink at least a glass of red wine daily are 60 per cent less likely to develop lung cancer. Men who were heavy smokers, saw a greater reduction in risk with a 4 per cent lower likelihood of developing lung cancer seen for each glass of red wine consumed per month. White wine does not have the same benefits.

posted on Friday, October 17, 2008 9:44:23 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, October 11, 2008

The cold summer may not have been that good for sun lovers but it has been good for sparkling wine. The summer has boosted the acidity in Cornish vineyards producing a much higher quality of sparkling wine than usual. Whilst the poor weather reduced the overall crop of grapes by around 80% the remaining grapes are perfect for making sparkling wine. The Camel Valley Vineyard will use them to make its wine called "Cornwall" which came second at the inaugural sparkling wine contest in Italy beating vineyards from Champagne but losing to Bollinger. This years bottling should produce and even better vintage that the vineyard owner believes could rival even France's best champagne. Now where do I buy some of this?

posted on Saturday, October 11, 2008 10:52:20 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, October 09, 2008

When wine started flowing through the taps in a small Italian village it was hailed as a miracle because it coincided with Marino Grape Festival. During the festival the sparkling wine flows from the main fountain in the square, however on this occasion it came through local peoples taps. It turned out, however, that there was no miracle, the situation was down to a technical error with a plumbing problem at the local vineyard. An error had switched the pipes from the local vineyard into the domestic water supply rather than to the intended destination of the fountain. As word spread the local people filled buckets and plastic containers with as much wine as they could. Wine on tap, this sounds great.

posted on Thursday, October 09, 2008 12:02:58 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I watched a documentary last week that looked at what goes into some of the leading brands of wine. The results were rather disturbing. Many leading brands of wine and champagne were found to contain flavourings and additives that are added to disguise the poor flavour of inferior grapes. Wines are also bulked up with water, sugar and hydrochloric acid and often oak chips are adding to give an the impression that the wine has been fermented in oak barrels. The main problem is that because the wine industry does not have any regulations forcing manufacturers to list the ingredients of a particular wine, you can never be entirely sure what is in it. Some examples included traces of fungicides in champagne made by Moet, Veuve Clicquot and Lanson. The well know brand Hardy's adds yeast to its merlot and egg, milk and gelatine to the wine to make it less cloudy. Jacob's Creek uses tartaric and ascorbic acid in its Chardonnay and Blossom Hill also uses tartaric acid, enzymes and tannins to the grape juice. It does make me wonder how the consumer can be sure what is in a bottle of wine when these ingredients are not listed on the label.

posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2008 12:04:39 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, September 07, 2008

I was running a bit low on wine so decided to do an order from Majestic. I haven't ordered from them in a little while mainly because I have had plenty of wine from my various wine clubs. I had actually forgotten what a great service Majestic provide. Within 30 minutes of placing my order on the website a lady called me from my local Majestic outlet in Sunningdale to find out when I wanted my order delivered. They were able to deliver between 6 and 8 that same evening. The fact that they can offer evening delivery is unusual in itself but means you can have the order delivered to suit you rather than during business hours as with most companies. At around 6.05 my order arrived. Great service and so far really good wine.

posted on Sunday, September 07, 2008 2:30:24 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, June 16, 2008

Wine prices are likely to rise as much as 10% this year according to this article. The chief executive of Majestic has said that the increases are to cover increases in wine duty and currency costs. It will mean that bottles of wine that currently cost £6 or £7 will go up as much as a £1.00. That's quite a lot on the price of a case, maybe its time to cut back and save some cash.

posted on Monday, June 16, 2008 6:47:38 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, June 12, 2008

Researchers have found that a chemical derived from red wine can help keep the heart "genetically young". The chemical called resveratrol appears to stop age related changes in the function of heart genes producing an effect similar to eating a very calorie diet. Unfortunately the chemical does not stay in the blood for very long and a researcher said "In order to have any effect, you would have to drink literally gallons of wine, and that is not recommended."

posted on Thursday, June 12, 2008 11:19:28 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, June 10, 2008

I have just found another reason (excuse) to drink wine. According to this article drinking five or more glasses of wine or beer a week can halve your chance of developing rheumatoid arthritis. It is thought that alcohol helps to suppresses the inflammatory process behind the condition.

posted on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 10:19:45 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, May 22, 2008

If you like Champagne, then you might be interested to know that Sainsbury's own brand Champagne has recently won a gold medal at the annual wine awards. Judges rated the Champagne as highly as Piper Heidsieck, Taittinger and Veuve Clicquot's 1998 La Grande Dame which cost around £85. The Sainsbury's Champagne, however, has a rather more modest price tag at just £23.99 a bottle.

posted on Thursday, May 22, 2008 4:24:32 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, April 20, 2008

wineI was in Sainsbury's the other day and came across a rather disturbing sight (pictured left). Wine in plastic bottles, it just doesn't seem right somehow, wine is supposed to come in a glass bottle with a proper cork. Whilst I appreciate it is probably packaged in this way to cut costs, it has the look of fruit juice and comes across as somewhat cheap and nasty. This is only my first impression, as I haven't actually tried the wine, if I can bring myself to purchase a bottle (or should I say carton) of this wine, then I will review here later.

posted on Sunday, April 20, 2008 2:11:15 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Monday, April 07, 2008
An environmental study has found that some bottles of wine from France are contaminated with pesticides. The survey analysed 40 bottles of wine and found that 34 bottles contained pesticides, some of which are classified by the EU as health threatening. Among the affected wines were three Bordeaux cru classé wines and a Burgundy Santenay. On average the bottles tested contained more than four different pesticides but they were found to exceed EU pesticide limits.

posted on Monday, April 07, 2008 2:07:26 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, April 04, 2008
Pink wine seems to be the thing to drink at the moment with annual sales increasing by 30%. The rise is thought be fuelled by women who appear to prefer rosè to other wine. Sales of rosè reached record highs in Britain in February with £453 million sales and they now make up 10% of the British still wine market. I must admit I do quite like a chilled glass of rosè in the summer.

posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 2:56:44 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, March 22, 2008
I just opened a bottle of Porcupine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 which I purchased from Sainsbury for £6.99. The wine is from Boekenhoutskloof in South Africa. I was browsing the South African wine section at Sainsburys and I must admit my attention was caught initially by the bottle because it has a picture of a porcupine on it. The blurb on the back of the bottle says very little about the wine and more about porcupines, making me wonder exactly how this is relevant to the wine. Apparently the only connection is that porcupines live in the area where the wine is produced. This said, the wine itself is really good and even my husband who is not that keen on red wine loved it. It is quite full bodied and fruity, tasting a little of blackcurrants. At 14.5% it’s a rather strong wine but good value for the price and very drinkable. I give it a rather respectable 4 out of 5 stars.

posted on Saturday, March 22, 2008 9:42:36 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, February 02, 2008
Greg Mulholland, a Liberal Democrat MP has called for pubs to introduce smaller wine glasses. He says that many licensed premises have stopped selling wine in smaller 125ml glasses and now only serve it in 175ml and 250ml glasses. His view is that these larger glasses can lead to people drinking more than they want to and more than is safe if they are driving. He plans to introduce a sale of wine bill that will force all licensed premises to offer the standard 125ml measures alongside the bigger glasses. One of these large glasses contains twice as much wine as a small glass or around a third of a bottle.

posted on Saturday, February 02, 2008 5:47:14 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, January 18, 2008
I have never really associated wine with China but apparently China is now one of the largest wine producers, in fact it’s the sixth largest wine producing country according to this article. The article looks at Chateau Changyu, a vineyard near Beijing that produces red and white wine as well as Icewine and brandy and whilst a few years ago the wines were not thought good enough for European standards it appears some wine connoisseurs are now getting rather excited about them. The wines cited in the article seem a little expensive but there are some recommendations at the end that are a little more affordable. Whilst I doubt I will be finding Chinese wine in my local supermarket just yet, I am going to try my best to track some down, and as always if I manage to find a bottle, the review will be here.

posted on Friday, January 18, 2008 6:27:26 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, January 14, 2008
I read this article today that suggests that expensive wine really does taste better. The article looks at new research which shows higher prices make people enjoy the product more. The research is based upon a study done on 20 subjects who were told they would be sampling a range of different Cabernet Sauvignons. The different wines were identified by price but some of the glasses were the same wine labelled with two different prices. One wine was labelled as costing £2.50 and £22.50 and the other was labelled as costing £5 and £45. The subjects were asked to report on how much they liked the wines with researchers looking at changes in their brain activity during the exercise. The results of the research were that the cortex became more activated by the expensive wines as opposed to their cheaper alternatives. The same test was later carried out without putting price tags on the glasses of wine. This second test had no reported differences between the wines.

posted on Monday, January 14, 2008 9:09:47 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, November 17, 2007
I have just received my second case of wine from the Virgin Wine Discovery Club so readers can expect some new wine reviews soon. So far I have liked every wine I have been sent by Virgin Wines so I am yet to test their returns policy. Apparently if you don’t like a wine you can call them and they won’t charge you for it.

posted on Saturday, November 17, 2007 1:58:48 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, September 16, 2007
I just opened a bottle of Vashon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006. This is a really fruity full bodies red wine. It has a slightly oak like taste. I thought this was a really nice wine and good for the price of £6.49 a bottle. Slightly strong at 14% volume but it still gets five stars.

posted on Sunday, September 16, 2007 8:26:03 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, September 12, 2007
This is the wine that I purchased on the Virgin Wine auction a few weeks ago. The blurb on the bottle talks about blackberries and chocolate and it certainly is a really nice fruity wine. It is a really smooth velvety red and has a pleasant after taste. I think it’s actually the best wine I have tasted in a long time. You can buy this for around £6.99 a bottle when it’s on offer but I am really pleased with it because I picked it up for just under £3.00 in the auction. I like everything about this wine, and have already worked my way through a good portion of the case. I will definitely buy this again and again. A full five stars.

posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2007 4:40:27 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, September 10, 2007
This is a pleasant enough Spanish wine with a slight taste of oak. Its not the most exciting wine, I have tried recently, and could almost be called bland. At £8.99 a bottle I think it’s a little overpriced for what is it. I give this one a rather generous four stars, it's pleasant but unexciting.

posted on Monday, September 10, 2007 9:21:43 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, September 08, 2007
I just opened a bottle of Trois Calices Vin de Pays de Mont Baudile, 2006. This is a really full and fruity red wine with hints of herbs. It is sweeter than I expected it to be, but still not overly sweet. This is one of the nicest wines; I have tried recently and at £6.99 a bottle, really good value for the price. I give it a full five stars out of five. The only bad thing about this wine, is that it will not last very long.

posted on Saturday, September 08, 2007 12:13:08 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, September 02, 2007
I just opened a bottle of Araldica d’Aria Pinot Grigio, 2006. This is a really nice fruity white. It has a lovely crisp flavour and is great for drinking on a hot summer’s day. I gave this wine a four star rating out of five, although its possibly a four and half, it really is good and only £5.99 a bottle.

posted on Sunday, September 02, 2007 11:58:40 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, August 31, 2007
I just opened a bottle of Fenwick Estate Barossa Valley Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, 2006. Personally I liked this wine, but a word of warning; it’s probably not to everyone’s taste. The wine is very dry and has a sharp, crisp flavour with citrus undertones. This really is a wine that needs to be chilled to perfection in order to fully appreciate the flavour. This wine was from Virgin wines and came with useful tasting notes that ask you to rate it out of five. I gave it a rather good four stars, but bear in mind if you don’t like dry wine, you will find it too sharp. At £6.99 a bottle, it’s a good buy.

posted on Friday, August 31, 2007 3:47:18 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, August 30, 2007
I read this article that suggests we may soon be able to buy wine in cartons similar to the ones that usually contain fruit juice. The cartons will contain the equivalent of two glasses of wine. Regular readers on my blog might have noticed I like wine, so will probably expect me to welcome this idea. Quite the opposite actually, wine is meant to come in bottles. I have a hard problem dealing with wine that comes in a bottle with a screw top, mainly because it often does not keep so well. Wine in cartons is a different matter; I don’t see me picking up a carton of wine to go with my lunchtime sandwich or buying one to drink with an evening meal. I will stick to buying wine in bottles, with proper corks.

posted on Thursday, August 30, 2007 9:47:31 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, August 27, 2007
I was looking at Crooked Brains the other day and came across this video about how to open a bottle of wine without using a corkscrew. It involves a nail, a screwdriver and a hammer. It looks rather dangerous to me, so I don't think I will be trying it, but for more the more adventurous people out there, you might want to check it out. There is also a good video on how to get red wine stains out of clothing, very useful.

posted on Monday, August 27, 2007 4:29:51 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, August 23, 2007

I was on the Virgin Wine website the other day, checking to see when my discovery club case was going to arrive and I discovered wine auctions. Basically they have about ten cases of wine in an auction which usually lasts a couple of hours. The cases start at 99p and have no reserve. However, I haven't seen any cases actually sell for under £30. Anyway I placed a bid, not really thinking I would win and ended up with a case of Merlot, which I will review here shortly. I got the case for just over £30, so it works out to less than £3 a bottle. It looks like I have just found a new way to spend my hard earned cash.

posted on Thursday, August 23, 2007 4:21:15 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, August 22, 2007
I just opened a bottle of Las Casas de Vaqueria Merlot 2006. The wine is from Chile and is 13.5% volume, so stronger than it first appears. The wine whilst not having a great deal of aroma to it is surprisingly fruity. It has a really pleasant taste of plums and blackberries and is a particularly smooth wine. At only £5.99 a bottle this is a really nice wine and certainly one that I will buy again. The only problem with it is once you have opened it, you will find it hard not to finish the whole bottle.

posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 7:43:12 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, August 21, 2007
I read this article about a new wine therapy being practised in Ukraine. It is meant to be able to relieve problems such as impotence and heart disease. It includes a medical examination after which the patients are advised on what treatment they should receive. The treatment involves one of seven different wine cocktails which includes Crimean wine and mixed herbs. You then have to take the prescription three times a day for a week or two. It all sounds very interesting but I am a little sceptical as to whether it works.

posted on Tuesday, August 21, 2007 12:19:50 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, August 20, 2007
I made these rather yummy poached pears the other day. It was more of an experiment than anything else, but they came out rather well. Basically I peeled the pears and cut them in half. Then I poured half a bottle of red wine into a pan, this is a good excuse to drink the other half of the bottle. Then I added a spoonful of cinnamon, some mixed spice and the pears and just left them to simmer for around an hour. Next just take the pears out and turn the heat up a bit on the sauce until it thickens a bit. Then pour it over the pears.

posted on Monday, August 20, 2007 6:11:45 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I just opened a bottle of Spier Shiraz 2005. The wine is from the Cape of Good Hope. It has a fruity smell and a full bodied colour. It doesn’t taste as fruity as it smells but has a plum like flavour with oak undertones and a hint of spice. At only £4.99 it’s a good wine for the price.

posted on Monday, August 20, 2007 2:44:14 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, August 17, 2007
The traditional British pub is under threat from breweries trying to cash in on the property boom. That’s according to a report by the BBC. Pub closures are currently running at 56 every month. Many are due to a loophole in the law that allowed developers to demolish pubs without the need for planning permission. To turn a pub into a residential dwelling, planning permission must be got from the local authority. In addition to this the owners must prove they have made an effort to sell the pub as a business. Despite this local people have claimed the pub owners often price pubs unrealistically or deliberately run them into the ground because it is more profitable to sell them to property developers.

I recently went back to my home town of Sevenoaks and was greatly saddened to see that The Farmers where I have spent many a happy evening, no longer stands. The 150 year old pub was demolished despite having a thriving local community and despite local petitions with over 2000 signatures to try and save it. All because the company that owned it wanted to cash in on the sale of the site which will now become flats. The Campaign for real ale has called for new housing developments to include a pub, it will be interesting to see whether this leads to new premises being built. Sadly its too late for The Farmers.



The Farmers as it was in Sevenoaks Kent.
posted on Friday, August 17, 2007 4:44:52 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, August 13, 2007
This is one of my favourite wines for drinking on a hot summer’s day. The fact that it’s a rose and only 10% volume means that it is very light. Its one of those wines that once you open it its very hard to put the cork back in the bottle. The wine is from California and this particular one in from 2006. The blurb on the bottle promises you strawberries and watermelon and for once the blurb does not disappoint. I don’t usually drink rose but this wine is really good and at only £4.98 its one of the best wines I have had this summer. At this price its worth getting a case, because it won’t last long.

posted on Monday, August 13, 2007 8:33:23 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, July 29, 2007

I just opened a rather nice bottle of Circular Quay Shiraz 2006 Bin 30. From South Eastern Australia it is a rather smooth wine with a slight blackcurrant taste and a hint of cedar wood. For around £6.00 a bottle, I think its quite a good buy.

posted on Sunday, July 29, 2007 7:21:36 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, July 26, 2007

Farmers in Macedonia have found some cognac which dates back to the First World War. The batches of cognac were buried in trenches used by French soldiers and recently several cases have been found. They are expected to fetch around £3,360 each.

posted on Thursday, July 26, 2007 12:38:54 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, July 24, 2007

With the long hot summers we have been seeing in the UK (not this year) English wine seems to be enjoying something of a boom. I read this interesting article which talks about several different vineyards here in England and what type of wine they produce. It’s given me a few ideas about new wines to try and I will certainly be looking for some English wine next time I visit the supermarket.

posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2007 3:20:13 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, July 20, 2007

I found a bottle of Fetzer Barrel Select Merlot 2005 in Tesco. I must admit I brought it because it was on offer at Tesco for £3.99 and I thought at that price it was worth a try. The bottle blurb boasts of a range of tastes including plums, vanilla, raspberries, cherries and chocolates. When I tried it the taste of plums was evident and it was a really fruity wine. It did however lack body, although to be honest at £3.99 I was not surprised. In all, it was a nice enough wine that went down fairly well, but about what I would expect from a £3.99 offering, ok, but not great. Not a wine I would buy again.

posted on Friday, July 20, 2007 10:48:35 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, July 19, 2007

I read this article about the alcohol content of wines. It’s interesting that most wines used to be around 12% per bottle and nowadays most bottles that you see are around 14 or 15%. More alcohol does not necessarily mean a nicer wine and I find that some wines are spoilt by the fact they are simply so strong. Like the author of this article I would much rather have a nice bottle of wine rather than have one glass and start to feel tired because it is so strong. Luckily some supermarkets are now starting to stock some wine with lower alcohol content. The article suggests some to try including a Moscato from Brown Brothers.

posted on Thursday, July 19, 2007 4:36:30 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, July 16, 2007

I just opened a bottle of L'Oc de la Bouysse, a wine that featured in The Times Top 100 Summer Wines of 2006. At only £4.99 a bottle, this blend of Grenache, Noir, Syrah, Mouvedre and Merlot grapes is a full bodied wine with a nice fruity flavour.

posted on Monday, July 16, 2007 6:55:31 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, July 15, 2007

I received an email from Nectar the other day advertising a new Nectar wine club. It's similar to the Virgin Wine Discovery Club, in that they send you a case of wine every quarter. The email advertised a special joining offer meaning you got the first case of wine for only £39.99 and also got three extra bottles free. I thought this was too good an offer to miss out on so clicked the buy now link on the email, only to find the website was down. I tried the site again today and still no luck. I wonder how many potential customers they have lost in the last few days. I will persevere and may give them a call on Monday to tell them they have a problem, but many people have probably given up already.

posted on Sunday, July 15, 2007 5:41:57 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, July 14, 2007

I have had a bottle of Chateau Clos Renon 2005 sitting in my wine rack for a couple of years now and decided to open it today. The wine is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. I originally purchased two bottles of the wine and opened the first one whilst it was still young, however the two years of ageing have certainly improved what was already a particularly nice wine. The taste whilst young was fruity but a lacking a little body, but when aged even for a short time the wine has pleasant cherry like smell and a slight edge of oak to the flavour.  

posted on Saturday, July 14, 2007 8:06:29 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, July 13, 2007

A man in Herefordshire has been building a dome in his garden made out of wine bottles. He has used 3,000 empty bottles already and needs around 2,000 more to complete the structure which stands 11ft high.

posted on Friday, July 13, 2007 10:22:58 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Thursday, July 05, 2007

Apparently having a regular glass of wine can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease and can even cure a sore throat. That's according to a study carried out by some Italian scientists. It seems to me like another good excuse to drink wine.

posted on Thursday, July 05, 2007 11:39:02 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, June 22, 2007

As someone who drinks quite a lot of wine I am always in need of a constant supply. I recently signed up for Virgin Wines discovery club. Basically what that means is they will send me a case of wine every quarter, based on the wines I would usually choose. If I don't like any of the selected wine then I just let them know and I don't pay for them. I also get 15% off any of the wines in the case if I want to purchase more. My first case arrives in September, so I am interested to see how the service works for me and also if their money back guarantee is as good as it seems. More updates on this to follow.

posted on Friday, June 22, 2007 4:50:07 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, April 30, 2007

Tesco has started selling a bottle of wine that costs £100 per bottle making it the most expensive supermarket wine on sale. Made by Penfolds the wine is being sold in certain stores where there is demand for something more expensive that the usual supermarket wine. I would love to try it but its a little out of my price range.

posted on Monday, April 30, 2007 5:21:08 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, April 04, 2007

As a wine lover I found this article interesting. It lists the top 10 most expensive bottles of wine ever sold and includes a slideshow with information about each of the wines. Much as I love wine I can’t imagine why someone would pay over $100,000 for a bottle.

posted on Wednesday, April 04, 2007 1:55:45 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback