1. United States of Whiskey

    United States of Whiskey
    American Whiskey had its genesis in the late 1700s as Irish and Scots settlers in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia started distilling the native grains to try and replicate an old home comfort. These states were all big grain producers, so there was plenty spare for these pioneers to dabble in the alcoholic arts. Whiskey gradually became as much as a...
  2. Why is everyone talking about vegetarian and vegan wine? What makes a wine vegetarian or vegan?

    Why is everyone talking about vegetarian and vegan wine? What makes a wine vegetarian or vegan?
    You’d be forgiven for assuming that all wines are at least vegetarian. The reason why many wines are not is to do with the ‘fining agents’ used in the clarification process of wine. When new wines are produced they are cloudy due to naturally occurring proteins, yeast and other molecules. To eliminate these molecules and clarify the wine, fining agents...
  3. January in Moderation - Why would you go Dry?

    January in Moderation - Why would you go Dry?
    Well…why would you? OK so we know November and December are full of boozy events like Christmas office parties, jumper parties, the big day itself, plus boxing day and not to forget New Years Eve! But after all the wine, beer, port and bubbly has settled is it worth dropping it all and switching to just water? We don’t think...
  4. The Kym Milne Interview

    The Kym Milne Interview
    Autumnal Vineyards at Bird in Hand   An introduction to Kym Milne (Bird in Hand Wines) Kym has worked in the wine industry for over 30 years. A winemaking graduate of Roseworthy College in Australia, he worked initially as a winemaker in Australia, before moving to New Zealand for a nine year stint as Chief Winemaker for Villa Maria winery...
  5. Autumn Flavours

    Autumn Flavours
    Now Autumn is here we thought it would be a good time to highlight some of our favourite wines for the season, from invigorating whites to warming reds. Enjoy!   Domaine de Vedilhan Serica Viognier 2016: This is Viognier as it should be, with a rich and creamy texture that flows easily into a pear-drop and fresh peach palate and a...
  6. Fantasy Football (Wine Style)

    Fantasy Football (Wine Style)
    Now the new football season is under way we thought we would have a go at picking our fantasy football team, but instead replace the players with our favourite wines. We promise that none of our superstars will cost anywhere near what the real ones cost - imagine how many bottles of wine you could buy for the price of...
  7. The New World of Slurp

    The New World of Slurp
    Discover our new website and new design We are delighted to announce that at last we have a new brand redesign and website! We also now have two shops in Banbury and Leamington Spa which means that you will be able to order online, browse in-store and click and collect from our Banbury Store.   Wines with awards A lot...

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