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  1. Txakoli: The Basque Country’s Spritzy Secret

    Txakoli: The Basque Country’s Spritzy Secret If you’ve been lucky enough to visit the charming seaside city of San Sebastián in Spain’s fiercely independent Basque Country or wander through the dark crooked streets of Bilbao’s old town, you are probably familiar with the region’s very own style of tapas – pintxos.  What you may not realise is these small pieces of bread – Read more...
  2. Sherry is becoming chic again

    Sherry is becoming chic again Sherry is possibly the most misunderstood and under-rated style of wine in the UK, with many consumers still perceiving it as a sticky sweet tipple for grandmas at Christmas or a key ingredient in a boozy trifle.  Either way, we have been missing a trick because the sherry that cultured Spaniards are sipping in Seville’s trendy tapas bars Read more...
  3. The Many Faces of Chardonnay

    The Many Faces of Chardonnay I have lost count of the number of times that someone has told me that they dislike Chardonnay but love Chablis - or sometimes, the reverse.  However, in order for a wine to use the designation of Chablis on its label, it must be made from 100% Chardonnay grapes.  So how can it be that someone who professes to adore Chablis be so opposed Read more...
  4. Indulgent French Wines to Impress your Valentine

    Indulgent French Wines to Impress your Valentine St. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner but this year we won’t be able to indulge our loved ones with an intimate meal at our favourite restaurant or an impromptu European city break.  Instead, we will need to find other ways to make the 14th February extra special, in the comfort of our own homes.  So, as France has the Read more...
  5. Malbec: Catapulted from Humble French Roots to Global Super-Stardom

    Malbec: Catapulted from Humble French Roots to Global Super-Stardom If you ask people to name a wine from Argentina, their initial response is usually “Malbec” and with good reason.  In the past few decades, the country’s most widely planted red grape variety has become as synonymous with Argentina as tango and gauchos.  Currently, Argentina accounts for around 75% of Malbec production and interest Read more...
  6. The Lowdown on Alcohol-Free and Low-Alcohol Drinks

    The Lowdown on Alcohol-Free and Low-Alcohol Drinks If you have decided to go booze-free this January, you are not on your own.  According to research by British Charity Alcohol Change UK, 6.5 million people were planning to take on Dry January this year.  Initially launched back in 2013, the initiative attracted just 4000 participants. However, it has fast become an annual event on the Read more...
  7. CAN SALA – Raising a Glass to the Best Bubbly of 2020

    CAN SALA – Raising a Glass to the Best Bubbly of 2020 Would you be surprised to hear that the best sparkling wine in the world is not Champagne but Cava?   This may seem unlikely given Champagne’s reputation but, after spending two days assessing sparkling wines from across the globe, judges with some of the finest palates in the world selected Can Sala Cava Gran Reserva Brut Nature 2008 Read more...
  8. Sweets for Your Sweet: A Guide to Christmas Dessert Wines

    Sweets for Your Sweet: A Guide to Christmas Dessert Wines Once you’ve devoured the turkey, polished off the pigs in blankets and reluctantly ingested those last few sprouts, what could be more traditional than finishing your lunch with a classic Christmas pudding and an equally decadent glass of dessert wine?  Sweeter wines have fallen somewhat out of fashion as wine consumers have rebelled Read more...
  9. Choosing the Perfect Champagne this Christmas

    Choosing the Perfect Champagne this Christmas Marlene Dietrich, the legendary actress of Hollywood’s Golden Age, once said “Champagne makes you feel like it’s Sunday and better days are round the corner”. We are inclined to agree with these wise words, especially in the current climate. There are few alcoholic drinks more synonymous with prestige and luxury than Champagne.  Read more...
  10. The Five Biggest Wine Trends of 2020 (According to Slurp’s Valued Customers)

    The Five Biggest Wine Trends of 2020 (According to Slurp’s Valued Customers) As we move towards the end of 2020, it’s important for us to reflect on what has caught the attention of our customers and to see if any particular trends have emerged during the course of the year.   The last nine months have been unusually challenging. However, we have worked hard to evolve and ensure that we are meeting the wine Read more...

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