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Coastal Region

Heart of the South African Wine Industry

The Coastal Region, which is located within the Western Cape district, is considered to be the heart of the South African wine industry.

With seven districts and seventeen wards, this region boasts the majority of wine production in the country.

The official viticultural zone of Coastal Region measures about 65 miles in the north-south direction and about 30 miles in the east-west direction.

This region accounts for almost half of the country’s total vineyard area. As the historic birthplace of the South African wine industry, this region stretches from Darling in the north to Cape Point in the south.

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Now, you would have understood the significance of this region – let’s learn more about this region right away here…

A Little on the History of Coastal Region’s Wines

It is believed that the history of South African wine industry began in the Coastal Region. Constantia and Stellenbosch were known to have contributed to the viticultural history of South Africa.

It was Cape’s second Governor, Simon van der Stel, who established the wine estate in Constantia.

It is said that the French refugees who settled here in the late seventeenth century introduced vines, as well as winemaking in the Coastal Region, especially, in the northern areas of Paarl, Tulbagh, and Swartland.

Topography and Climate of the Coastal Region

Topographically, the Coastal Region is found to be bordered by the Atlantic Ocean in the west and on the eastern side, the region has been separated from the Breede River Valley by the Boland Mountains.

To its south, the Hottentot Hollands Mountains is protecting the region from the oceanic influences.

Apart from these, we can also observe several standalone inselbergs dotting the regions of Paarl Rock, Paardeberg, and Simonsberg.

As such, the region is found to be taking the climatic influences from both the Atlantic Ocean and the above-said mountains.

Thus, the region is experiencing a variety of mesoclimates and hence, the areas closer to the coast are experiencing a maritime type of climate with lots of ocean breezes, whereas the areas farther from the coasts (inlands) are experiencing a Mediterranean type of climate.

The mountains that are bordering the western part of the region are bringing cooling influences to the inlands.

When it comes to vineyard cultivation, the higher altitudes combined with the trapped cloud cover would help refreshing vineyards and contribute to the diurnal temperature differences.

I would say these factors are providing a positive effect in the vineyards of the Coastal region.
When we look at the soils of the region, we can understand there is a great diversity throughout the region.

Among others, the major soil types that are found in the region are weathered granite, Malmesbury shale, and Table Mountain sandstone.

Wine Districts of the Coastal Region

The seven districts of the Coastal Region defined under the Wine of Origin scheme are as follows:

Cape Point District

This is located at the southern tip of the Western Cape and is known for its maritime vineyards. There are four wineries in this district.

Darling District

This district has one ward within it and has a total of seven wineries.

Paarl District

This is the hottest among the wine regions of Western Cape. However, this district has as many as 152 wineries and four wards.

Stellenbosch District

This district has seven wards and is considered to be the crown jewel of the country’s wine industry. There are 542 wineries in Stellenbosch.

Swartland District

This has two wards and can be said as the country’s wine region to watch. It has 65 wineries.

Tulbagh District

There are 13 wineries in this wine district.

Tygerberg

It has two wards and 21 wineries.

Wine Grapes of the Coastal Region

The region has a wide variety of wine grapes throughout. Some of the major varieties are as follows:

  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Shiraz
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Pinotage
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Chardonnay
  • Malbec
  • Semillon
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Top 15 English Beers

Top 15 English Beers

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The Flagship Beers of England

After having known the types of English beers, you might be wondering how to choose the best from this vast list.

Although most of the English beers are found to be excellent in their quality and taste, there are few picks which are worth trying at least once.

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These are the ones which have got the top-rated rankings from the consumers. So, which beers from England have been rated high?

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The Flagship Beers of England

After having known the types of English beers, you might be wondering how to choose the best from this vast list.

Although most of the English beers are found to be excellent in their quality and taste, there are few picks which are worth trying at least once.

These are the ones which have got the top-rated rankings from the consumers. So, which beers from England have been rated high?

Aren’t you curious to know about it? Well, continue reading to know the top 15 beers from England here…

Elgood’s Black Dog

This is an award-winning dark-coloured mild ale beer. This beer is found to be well-balanced with a complete roast flavor, along with the hints of dark chocolate and raisins.

You can also feel a touch a caramel in this beer. The strength of this beer is found to be 3.6% ABV.

Camerons’ Strongarm

This is an ale beer that is ruby red in colour and is coming with a good head. This beef is found to be giving out a fruity malt aroma and caramel bitter taste.

This beer is being brewed in Hartlepool. The strength of this beer is found to be 4.0% ABV.

Camerons’ Strongarm

This is an ale beer that is ruby red in colour and is coming with a good head. This beef is found to be giving out a fruity malt aroma and caramel bitter taste.

This beer is being brewed in Hartlepool. The strength of this beer is found to be 4.0% ABV.

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Fuller’s London Porter

This delicious London Porter is brewed using crystal and brown chocolate malt. What we get from this beer are the richer, darker, and complex flavours.

I would say this beer is pairing well with several varieties of foods especially our desserts. The strength of this beer is found to be 5.4% ABV.

Wells & Youngs’ Bombardier

This is a premium bitter beer type that is coming with a very good head and a fruity caramel taste.

This beer is available both in cans and in bottles. The strength of this deep amber coloured beer is found to be 5.2% ABV.

Ilkley Brewery’s Mary Jane

This pale ale variety is found to be a complete package of aromatic American hops. Thus, this beer is found to be flavourful with a refreshing crispy taste.

We can find that this beer is giving out stronger citrus aromas along with a refreshing finish. The strength of this beer is found to be 3.5% ABV.

Wychwood’s Hobgoblin

As some of you might be aware, this beer is traditionally crafted as a ruby beer and is being pushed around the Halloween time.

It appears dark amber in colour and is coming with a thin head and fruity hop aromas. The exotic creamy malt taste is giving this beer the top-rated status. The strength of this beer is found to be 5.2% ABV.

Hilden’s Irish Stout

I would say that this beer has a matured taste among the English stout beers. The perfect blend of roasted barley and the hops is giving this beer the full-bodied chocolate plus coffee flavours.

Most of the beer lovers feel this as interesting and hence, they have given a higher rating for this beer. The strength of this beer is found to be 4.3% ABV.

Morland’s Old Speckled Hen

This is an English fine ale variety that comes with a rich amber colour. The head of the beer will be disappearing very quickly.

Personally, I liked the beer’s malty aroma and the bitter malt taste. The strength of the beer is found to be 5.2% ABV.

Shepherd’s Neame’s Bishops Finger

This strong ale variety of beer is brewed using Kentish hops and is having a firm and fruity flavours of malt and cinnamon.

The most favourite aspect of this beer is its mild bitter orange finish. The strength of this beer is found to be 5.4% ABV.

Courage’s Directors

This is an ale beer of superior quality and is coming with an exotic amber colour. This beer is found to be giving a thin head and a malt aroma.

The taste is more of hop which is found to be bitter. The strength of the beer is found to be 4.8% ABV.

Greene King’s IPA Reserve

This Indian Pale Ale beer is full-bodied ale with the flavours of grapefruit and citrus fruits. These, along with the floral hops are giving away a dry bitter finish.

This premium strength ale is found to have an alcohol content of 5.4% ABV.

Badger’s Tangle Foot

This deep golden colour beer from Badger is giving out a poor head, but some exotic fruity aromas along with the flavours or malt and fruits.

I like to drink this beer from bottles, as well as from cans. The strength of this beer is found to be 5.0% ABV.

Brewdog’s Punk IPA

This is another Indian pale ale beer, which gives a refreshing flavour more naturally. The flavours of this beer are of tropical fruits.

The strength of this beer, which would leave a sharp bitter finish, is found to be 5.6% ABV.

Brewdog’s Punk IPA

This is another Indian pale ale beer, which gives a refreshing flavour more naturally. The flavours of this beer are of tropical fruits.

The strength of this beer, which would leave a sharp bitter finish, is found to be 5.6% ABV.

Marston's Pedigree

This is an exceptional premium ale beer with a thin head and malt aroma. This is found to be having the taste of malt and toffee and is found to be giving a sweet and refreshing aftertaste.

This deep amber coloured beer is found to have strength of about 4.5 to 5.0% ABV.

Meantime’s Raspberry Wheat Beer

This, which is a pale, hopped wheat beer, is giving a fantastic crisp, fruity flavour which will be followed by a wild refreshing zesty finish. This lightly hopped beer is found to be having strength of 5% ABV.

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The Health Benefits of Red Wine

The Health Benefits of Red Wine

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The health benefits of wine, red wine to be precise have been debated by researchers since quite some time.

Many people believe that a glass of wine per day leads to a healthy lifestyle.

Studies have repeatedly pointed at this fact that moderate consumption of red wine leads to a lowered risk of several diseases, especially those related to the heart.

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Benefits of drinking Red Wine

Grapes which are the chief ingredient for red wine are full of antioxidants.

And these antioxidants offer a plethora of health benefits.

These include:

  • Reduces oxidation in the body: Red Wine reduces the damage due to oxidation in the body through an antioxidant called as Proanthocyanidins present in Red wine.
  • Prevents tooth decay: Red wine tends to harden the enamel of your teeth which in turn restricts the growth of bacteria, preventing tooth decay. Polyphenols found in Red Wine, tends to reduce the gum inflammation, thus preventing gum diseases.
  • Protects the heart against heart diseases and stroke: Red Wine contains Resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant compounds, which reduces the saturated fat content accumulated in the arteries.
    Red wine is also full of flavonoids and saponins which guard you against cardiovascular diseases. Red Wine also tends to increase the good cholesterol in the body.
  • Gives a beautiful healthy skin: Red wine contains antioxidants which prevent aging and also reduces the fine lines and wrinkles.
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  • To reduce the risk of cancer: Moderate consumption of Red Wine reduces the risk of breast cancer in women, along with cancer related to colon, ovary, basal cell and prostate.
    Red wine contains quercetin which prevents lung cancer and resveratrol which prevents the development of cancerous cells.
  • To reduce the risk of dementia: Red wine tends to decrease the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
  • To Reduce the risk of depression: A study on elderly and middle aged people who drank 2-7 glasses of Red Wine per week, showed reduced risk of depression
  • To reduce the insulin resistance: Drinking 2 glasses of red wine per day for 4 weeks reduces insulin resistance
  • To reduce the risk of type II diabetes: Moderate consumption of red wine reduces the risk of developing type II diabetes in women

Take Home Message

Red wine if consumed in moderation, say 1-2 glasses a day, greatly helps. However, excess consumption needs to be avoided as it might lead to alcoholism.

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The 9 Best Sparkling Wines for the Summer heat

The 9 Best Sparkling Wines for the Summer heat

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When the summer arrives, our taste in wine naturally shifts to those that are more refreshing. This is especially true for those people who drink wine simply for the pleasure, not as an accompaniment to food.

And when it comes to refreshing wines, those with a sparkle tend to hit the spot the best. So we are going to take a look at some of the best sparkling wines to drink this summer.

Summer and Sparkling Wine

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Why Sparkling Wines?

Sparkling wines such as Champagne and Cava, have always been the traditional drink to start off a celebration. The sound of the cork popping on a bottle of sparkling wine, is often the signal to begin celebrating.

But sparkling wines are also great as an everyday drink in the hot summer months.

There is a reason why so many of us reach for a can of soda when we are thirsty. The fizz really makes it a very refreshing experience to drink. Sparkling wine is no different.

Whether you prefer white or red, sweet or dry, there are some excellent summer sparkling wines available to suit every taste and budget.

Dry sparkling wines are the most refreshing, clearing the palate with a slightly acidic finish. However, even the sweetest of sparkling wines can be a great drink on a summers afternoon.

Sparkling wines are also very easy to pair with food. Indeed, one could make the argument that you can drink a sparkling wine with anything.

This means that if you are spending a day relaxing in the garden, snacking on potato chips, enjoying a BBQ and summer salad, then your sparkling wine will fit fine with all these food types.

Of course, you can still mix and match your sparkling wines, sticking with a dryer wine for drinking with savoury food, and a sweeter wine for deserts or sweet snacks.

Overall, sparkling wines of any vintage make a great summer tipple. Almost everyone enjoys drinking both white and red sparkling wines, they are often the least challenging of all wines.

This means that you don’t run the risk of popping the cork, and people not enjoying the wine. Put simply, sparkling wines are pretty easy. Choose a colour, choose a level of sweetness, and that is about it.

We have split the selection of the 9 best sparkling wines for the summer, in to three categories.

The 3 Best Budget Sparkling Wines

In this section, we are going to take a look at three budget priced sparkling wines.

These are all less than 15 Euros a bottle. The thing with sparkling wines at this price point, is that they are all very easy to drink.

They tend to have a very low alcohol content, so they are perfect for sipping throughout a long summers day.

Cielo E Terra Casa Defra Prosecco Frizzante DOC

Cielo E Terra Casa Defra, Prosecco Frizzante

This is a Prosecco, from TheDrinkShop.

Prosécco is the Italian take on sparkling wine. In fact, many people probably don’t realise how much sparkling wine the Italians drink.

Prosecco is their snack wine; it is drunk with salty snacks such as potato chips.

This is a sparkling white wine, that has a very vibrant, straw coloured hue. The bouquet is quite simple, yet refreshing.

Taste wise, this is a very fruity wine, and quite delicate. As with most sparkling wines, it is not particularly full bodied.

€11.52 / £9.11 at TheDrinkShop

Vilarnau Rosado

Vilarnau Rosado

This is an interesting wine at the budget price point from TheDrinkShop.

It is a sparkling rosé, a Cava from Spain. Cava is most usually encountered as a white sparkling wine, so finding this rosé, with a little more character, in the budget price range is something exceptional.

The very vital, redcurrant colouring hints at the fruitiness of this wine. And indeed, when you raise the glass to your nose, you will be assaulted by the smell of wild berries, with a hint of alcohol. On the palate, it is very fresh and fruity, with a smooth finish that has a herbal essence.

€11.98 / £ 9.53 from TheDrinkShop

Dopff Au Moulin Cremant dAlsace Cuvee Julian Brut

Dopff Au Moulin Cremant d’Alsace Cuvee Julian Brut

Here we have a French white sparkling wine from TheDrinkShop. This is a great wine in the budget section, and the very first true Champagne on our list.

A fantastic choice as an aperitif.

This is a dry, floral smelling wine, that screams French as you enjoy the bouquet. It has a surprisingly robust body, and a very full tasting finish, heavy on grape.

€17.73 / £14.77 from TheDrinkShop

The 3 Best Midrange Sparkling Wines

Now we move up to our midrange sparkling wines for the summer.

These are all less than 50 Euro a bottle. A couple of surprises in this section, including a magnum of rosé!

Aster Sparkling Rose magnum - Azienda Agricola Ciccio Zaccagnini s.r.l.

Aster Sparkling Rosé Magnum

As we promised, we have a very interesting magnum sized rosé sparkling wine from Cantina Zaccagnini.

If you are looking for a great summer party wine, then you really cannot go wrong with this wine.

The magnum size means you are getting great value.

The bouquet is extremely fruity, but you can smell and undertone of liquor, which hints at this wine having a much fuller body than its rosé tint would suggest.

And this is exactly the case, this full bodied wine would be a great compliment to BBQ meat.

€35.9 / £28.05 from Cantina Zaccagnini

Ayala Brut Majeur Nv

Ayala Brut Majeur

From the Waitrose Cellar, this is out midrange Champagne selection. Indeed, at this price point, it is probably one of the best.

Champagne is timeless, but so many chapter products lack finesse. This one does not. It might not carry a fancy producers label, but it does give the full Champagne experience.

This is a golden coloured sparkling wine, that is very aromatic. Taste delivery exhibits the finesse of much more expensive wines.

Overall, this is a great budget Champagne, great for kicking off a celebration, or just enjoying in the summer sunshine.

€36.66 / £ from Waitrose Cellar

Bluebell Hindleap Blanc De Blancs

Bluebell Hindleap Blanc De Blancs

A sparkling wine from Bluebell Vineyard Estates, this crisp, dry white wine is simply refreshing.

Unlike many French sparkling wine producers, Bluebell Hindleap has not tried to emulate Champagne. They have come up with their own take on French sparkling wine.

Apples and peaches assault the nose, with just a hint of citrus fruits. As the taste comes in to play, that citrus comes to the fore, with a lemon and lime, smoothed by honey taste.

This is a perfect early evening sparkling wine. The citrus influences really help to clear the palate, in a very refreshing way.

€30.34 / £25.28 from Bluebell Vineyard Estates

The 3 Best Sparkling Fine Wines

Now we move up to our fine wines selection, all of these summer sparkling wines are over 50 Euros a bottle.

Indeed, as we might expect for high end Champagne, many of these are much more than 50 Euros.

Franciacorta Comari del Salem Extra Brut Azienda Agricola Uberti Giovanni E Giovanni Agostino

A Spanish sparkling wine from Uberti. This is a very unique wine in its own right.

Don’t drink this expecting a generic Champagne copy, it is much more complex.

Indeed, if you are looking for something to surprise friends or family with, on a warm summers afternoon, a bottle of this would do the trick.

A very dry white wine, with a floral bouquet, but with heavy overtones of lemon and other citrus fruits.

The delivery has a slightly acidic, very citrus taste, and the finish is long and refreshing.

Bottega Stardust

Bottega Stardust

Coming from TheDrinkShop this is possibly the most unique sparkling wine on our list.

Everything from the packaging to the drinking experiences is entirely unique.

What we have here is a modern day revolution, that tries to use up to date branding to sell a great product.

Taste wise, things are equally complex for this unique Prosecco.

A very fruity bouquet, with undertones of citrus and summer flowers. A rich, fairly full body, with an exceptionally refreshing finish.

This wine is absolutely delightful to drink on a summers day, as a standalone drink. No need for it to accompany food, although it will work great with white meat or fish as well.

€115.18 / £95.99 from TheDrinkShop

Bellavista Franciacorta Gran

A French sparkling wine from TheDrinkShop. Here we have a traditional French sparkling wine in every way. No real surprises with this one, and we wouldn’t want there to be.

This is a great wine, perfect as an aperitif.

A very complex bouquet is hinted at by the dark straw colouring, and indeed this is true. Honey, hazelnuts and summer blossoms hit the nose.

The body is light, delicate and extremely rewarding through the long, smooth finish. As a sparkling wine for special occasions, this is a great selection.

A Sparkling Selection

The summer really is sparkling wine season. That being said, sparkling wine is good all year round, in the right situation.

You may have noticed that we have not used the world Champagne very frequently during this article. The reason for this is simple, Champagne is simply the name of the region that a particular family of French sparkling wines come from.

Too much is often made over the name Champagne, and although many of the exceptional sparkling wines in the world are Champagne, it is a grave mistake to think that only Champagne is the best sparkling wine.

Our advice, is to try some of the summer sparkling wines we have talked about in this article. Get away from the “it must be Champagne” mind-set.

Try a great Prosecco or Cava instead, and we are entirely sure that you will not be disappointed at all.

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The 9 Best Rosé Wines for the Summer

The 9 Best Rosé Wines for the Summer

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With summer now upon us, it is time to find those cool, refreshing wines that make the perfect complement to a summer day.

Most people might instantly reach for the white shelf on their wine rack, maybe a Vinho Verde or some other type of green wine.

But in this article, we are going to make the case for rosé wine. Read on and learn why.

Ask any really experienced wine drinker which wine is best for a particular occasion, and they will all say, “whichever one you like best”.

This is the real trick to appreciating wine. Drinking what tastes good to you, at that moment.

So when summer comes around, people naturally start thinking about those light, sometimes slightly sparkling white wines that are refreshing without being too heavy.

And whilst there is nothing wrong with this, these kinds of wines can often lack body and flavour.

Unfortunately, if you want something a little more challenging in the taste department, this means going for a red doesn’t it?

Well no, actually it doesn’t! We could pop the cork on a bottle of rosé wine, and get the benefits of both worlds.

A rosé wine, is a wine that retains some of the coloration from grape skins, yet nowhere near as much as a red wine.

This means that it will often carry some of the bouquet and flavour of a red wine. Yet it also shares the lighter, less challenging body of a white wine.

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Rosé wine is made in three ways

Using direct skin contact, by blending red wine with white wine, and by a saignée process.

They can be still, sparkling or semi-sparkling, and vary from very dry, to incredibly sweet.

So in reality, there is probably a rosé wine to suit everyone’s taste somewhere. And this is the reason for this article, to try and introduce some of these to you.

We have split the selection of the 9 best rosé wines for the summer, into three categories.

Budget wines, with a price tag of less than 10 Euros per bottle. Midrange wines, with a price tag less than 50 Euros a bottle, and fine wines, above 50 Euro a bottle.

The 3 Best Budget Rosé Wines

The three wines in this category, all share some similar traits. They are all less than 10 Euros a bottle, they are all generally available from a number of retail outlets, and they are all, of course, perfect on a summers day.

Alberto Medici Lambrusco Rosato

– This is a rosé wine from the Waitrose Cellar selection. Two things may turn people away from this wine at first glance.

Firstly, the fact it is a Lambrusco, with the stigma that brings. Also, the fact it comes as a cheaper, screw topped product.

But remember here, we are not trying to impress the neighbours with this bottle. We are looking for a refreshing summer drink.

Quite frankly, at this price point, for pure refreshment and ease of drinking, this wine is hard to beat. It has a very slight sparkle to it, and has a medium-sweet taste.

A very fruity, berry type of flavour that makes it a great summer dessert wine.

Arpeggio Rosato

– This is a rosé wine from TheDrinkShop. We selected this as our second budget summer rosé for a very specific reason. It is very full bodied.

As rosé wines go, this has a very dark tint. This gives it plenty of character. Why do we like this as a summer wine? Simply because the summer also usually means plenty of BBQ food.

Red wine tastes great with a meaty BBQ. This rosé, offers some of the flavours of red, to complement BBQ perfectly, without being too heavy.

Flavour wise, we are talking a nose full of summer berries, but with a very floral undernote. Once it hits the tongue, the red roots of this wine really come forward.

So we have a perfect combination of summer smells, and a strong but not overpowering taste, that really does make it one of the most perfect summer BBQ wines.

Centelleo Rosado Tempranillo

– We chose this rosé wine, for the exact opposite reasons as the previous wine.

This is once again from TheDrinkShop. In this case, we have a very light tint. And as we might expect, this makes for a far less challenging wine.

Where the previous section was our selection to accompany juicy, BBQ meat. This is our summer salad selection.

An easy to drink wine, that leaves the palate clear, and the nose full of the smells of summer. This is a very fruity wine, but it is still crisp and refreshing.

If you are looking for an entirely drinkable, everyday summer garden wine, this is the one for you.

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The 3 Best Midrange Rosé Wines

Moving on to our midrange summer rosé wines, we are stepping up a notch in the taste experience.

Our budget selection are all great, drinkable wines. However, they are obviously at a lower price point for a reason. Moving up to the midrange price, we start to find much more character.

Chene Bleu Rosé

Coming from the Waitrose Cellar, this is an excellent rosé wine that doesn’t need to accompany food. Indeed, if you are enjoying mellowing out in the sunshine, and would like a tipple to keep you refreshed, this wine would be a great choice.

This wine has a very distinctive rosé tint, almost an amethyst colour. This hints at the bouquet and flavour that this wine delivers.

Where many rosé wines often have a juicy, berry like nose, this wine is much more citrus. This, combined with the crispness, make it a very refreshing rosé wine.

Chateau de Pampelonne Provence Rosé

This almost classic rosé wine comes from TheDrinkShop. It has a distinctive, almost peach coloured tint, that is typical of rosé wines from the area around Saint Tropez where this grape originates from.

This rosé has a character all of its own. And for a midrange wine this is quite rare. The grape is only grown within a small fifty-hectare area, so the taste is unique.

A very light body, and a flowery bouquet, hide the flavours of this wine until it hits the taste buds. Then a full on range of summer berry fruits are delivered.

Bodegas Castano Monastrell Rosado

Here we have a Spanish rosé that really pulls none of its punches. It is a sweeter wine, and as many sweet wines, the bouquet sets the scene for this darkly tinted rosé.

This makes it a wonderful summer dessert wine, but it might not suit general consumption as a standalone wine.

Strawberry is the order of the day here, with a nose heavy delivery, that sets the scene for the sweet, fruity taste, with a surprisingly refreshing finish.

The 3 Best Rosé Fine Wines

Now we move up to the fine wine class of rosé wines. These are more expensive vintages, and as we would expect, they are a lot more complex.

We also have a couple of unique wines sneaking in at this price point.

A Mano Spumante Rosato

We mentioned unique wines, and here is the first of them. This offering from TheDrinkShop is something a little special. A full rosé spumante, with a taste delivery that defies its rosé roots in complexity.

As an evening, sundowner summer wine, this would be a perfect choice. Think early evening cherry blossoms, with overtones of wild berries.

This is the bouquet, and it is a precursor to a surprising taste delivery. Those summer smells are complemented by a nutty, full body, with a hint of citrus lemon in the long finish.

Bodegas Tobia Alma de Tobia Rosado

Again from TheDrinkShop, this is a Spanish rosé wine that carries a body that reflects its very dark, almost red tint. The bouquet is familiar, with the rosé traits of flowery undertones, and fruity, berry-like main theme.

The taste is much different though, slightly acidic in delivery, with a distinct perfumed finish.

This wine is unique in many ways, it combines a rosé like bouquet, with a very white wine taste delivery. On a summer day, it gives taste and body, but is very refreshing.

Chakana Rose

Here we are introducing what is possibly the most unique rosé wine in this list of summer wines. The vivid raspberry tint hints at the flavours this wine may contain. The body does not disappoint this expectation.

Aromas of red berry fruits, but with surprisingly spicy undertones. A very round bodied wine, with a juicy taste that is unexpected. The finish is refreshing and long. .

If we had to pick a wine from this list, that we would drink for pure enjoyment alone, then this is it. It makes a worthy final entrant on our list of best rosé wines for the summer.

Rosé Roundup

Hopefully, if you have read this far, then you will have discovered that rosé wines really do make an exceptional option for summer wine, over and above the usually whites in many ways.

You do not need to trade crispness and a refreshing finish, for lack of bouquet and body as you do when you switch from red to white.

For some reason, rosé wines continue to be underrated. This is surprising, as the oldest wines in the world were rosé wines.

As they are the easiest to produce. No need to remove all taint from grape skins to clear them like a white wine, and no reason to handle them as lightly as a red wine to keep the flavour and bouquet.

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The Best Wines to Drink at your Wedding Reception

The Best Wines to Drink at your Wedding Reception

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So it’s your big day? You are tying the knot, making a long-term commitment to somebody you love.

But once the ceremony is over, it’s time for the wedding reception. A fantastic time to enjoy great wine in the company of close friends and family.

If you are using a caterer to arrange the reception, the wine choice will usually be up to them, as it will be included in the cost.

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So it is important to get the best value from the wines you choose. In this article we are going to try and make some suggestions for good wines, that are inexpensive, can be bought in bulk, or come in larger bottles offering better value.

Best Wines to Serve Early Arriving Guests

There are always guests who turn up too early for any event. And when this happens at your wedding reception, you can’t really leave the standing in the carpark.

So you need to welcome them, and serve them an aperitif while they are waiting for the rest of the guests to arrive.

For this, you need a good, light wine, and one that isn’t too expensive. Here are some great examples:

San Leo Prosecco Magnum Twin Pack

From the Waitrose Cellar, this is a twin pack of magnum bottles.

So you are getting a lot of wine for the price. Prosecco is a great Italian sparkling wine.

So serving this to your early guests at your wedding reception is a good alternative to champagne.

This is a light and refreshing white wine, that most people can enjoy.

The Grand Vin Six Bottle Wine Gift 6 x 75cl Bottles

From Majestic Wine, here we have a selection for people who have slightly deeper pockets.

This is a six bottle pack of German wines. 3 bottles of red, and 3 bottles of white.

This gives your early arriving guests a wider choice at your wedding reception.

La Vie en Rosé Mix Six 6 x 75cl Bottles

From Majestic Wine, here we have 6 mixed bottles of rose wine. These have been selected as some of the best budget rose wines from France and Italy.

Rose is a good choice to serve early guests at a wedding reception. It is easy to drink, and very refreshing.

The good thing about this selection, is if it doesn’t all get consumed by the early guests, it can be repurposed over dinner, or later during the evening.

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Wines to Drink with the Formal Dinner

Sitting down to a formal dinner at a wedding reception is a tradition. But even if you only have a couple of dozen guests coming to your wedding reception, that’s an awful lot of wine you will need to serve.

So you need to find good wines, that offer great value. Here is a selection of those we think would be suitable:

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Six Bottle Wine Gift in Wood 6 x 75cl Bottles

When it comes to pairing wine with white meat and fish, Sauvignon Blanc is a great choice. Semi-dry, with a great citrus bouquet. The finish is dry but still refreshing.

Here we have a 6 bottle pack of great, inexpensive Sauvignon Blanc from Majestic Wines.

A great choice to accompany the formal dinner at your wedding reception if you are eating fish or white meat, or even vegetarian dishes.

Alpha Zeta R Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2013 6 x 75cl Bottles

Coming from TheDrinkShop, here is our selection of red wine to drink with your formal dinner at your wedding reception.

If you are serving red meat, or other rich dishes this is a great choice.

A fresh and fruity Valpolicella, sold in a 6 bottle pack. A good dry red, but not too challenging.

A great choice for people who don’t appreciate heavier red wines.

Wine Buyers French red and white wine special selection (6 bottles)

If you are happy to spend a little more to make your wedding reception dinner a bit more special, this is a good choice from Vintage Wine Gifts.

Here we have a handpicked selection of French red and white wines.

These are all exceptional wines, noting budget about this section apart from the price.

Wines for the After Dinner Speeches and Toasts

Once dinner is done and dusted, it’s time to move on to another wedding reception tradition.

The after dinner speeches and associated toasts. For this, we really need something champagne like.

As again, we are going to need quite a lot. So we need the bubbles and vibe of champagne, without the price tag. Here is our selection of wines that fill this need:

Prosecco Conegliano Six Bottle Champagne Gift 6 x 75cl Bottles

You can’t go wrong with this selection from majestic wine. A great white Italian Prosecco that has been packed to be a pseudo-champagne.

It has all the looks, a great taste and a price that simply makes it a no brainer.

An amazing selection sure to work well for the toasts after your wedding reception dinner. Most people won’t even realize it isn’t real champagne.

Nicolas Feuillatte Six Bottle Champagne Gift 6 x 75cl Bottles

This is a truly amazing selection from Majestic Wine.

An authentic champagne in a 6 bottle pack, at a price we would usually pay for a single bottle of better known Champagne.

Of course, we are not getting top quality champagne here. But if you want to serve real champagne to your wedding reception dinner guests, this is how to do it without spending too much.

Bellavista Franciacorta Cuvee Brut NV 6x Magnum 1.5 Litre

From TheDrinkShop, here we have a magnum 6 pack of a truly impressive new style white sparkling wine.

Bellavista is not intended to mimic any specific vintage. Instead, it markets itself a new, unique wine.

A fruity, flowery bouquet, and a surprisingly long refreshing finish.Something truly exceptional for those after dinner toasts at your wedding reception, and not overly expensive either.

People won’t be disappointed by this selection; it is something special.

Wines to Keep the Party Flowing

Dinner is done, the speeches are over, and it is time to push back the tables and party. What wines can you serve here?

We need a good variety here, wines for white wine drinkers, wines for red wine drinkers, light wines, challenging wines, all sorts really.

So we need to find deals that offer many types of wine in a single package. Here are some packages that fit the bill

Wine Buyers Red Wine special selection (6 bottles)

Coming from Vintage Wine Gifts, here we have a fantastic selection of handpicked red wines from the major wine growing regions around the world.

This pack also comes with accessories such as a wine stopper and a corkscrew, so you can pop one on each table at your wedding reception.

Wine Buyers white wine special selection (6 bottles)

This is the same deal as our previous selection, but for white wine this time.

Here we have 6 bottles of great white wine that have been chosen by wine experts.

This price is good; the wines are great.

Chateau l’Arnaude Cuvee Nuit Blanche 2014 Magnum 1.5lt

From TheDrinkShop, this selection fills a gap, by providing a rose wine option.

Coming in a value magnum size, it’s a refreshing, light rose that is easy to drink.

Rose wine is perfect for people who don’t often drink wine. It has some character, but is not too challenging.

Wines to Enjoy Late in the Evening

Just as there are always people who turn up early for an event like a wedding reception, there are always those that linger late.

It’s time to roll out those fortified wines that people enjoy sipping late at night, possibly whilst enjoying a cigar.

So here is a selection of great fortified wines that won’t break the bank.

Croft LBV 2008

From TheDrinkShop here we have a classic dark port from Croft.

A full bodied fortified wine that is just perfect for sipping slowly late in the evening at your wedding reception.

It’s nothing award winning, but it is good, and the price is right.

Croft Pink

Again from TheDrinkShop, this is a much lighter alternative to our first selection.

A very fresh port, with a startling colour, that will surprise non-port drinkers with its fruity taste and light body.

So many people see port as being an old fashioned drink. This product shows us that this is simply not so.

A fine, refined port, that is sure to be a hit late at night at your wedding reception.

Waitrose Fino Sherry

From the Waitrose Cellar, here is a bargain basement option for people who want to provide a late night tipple for their guests at their wedding reception.

This is a fine, light sherry that has plenty of taste.

A very pale hue, this is the kind of sherry you could actually chill and serve over ice.

Wedding Reception Wines Conclusion

Although this article was written specifically with a self-catered wedding reception in mind, it actually fits any large event that you organise yourself.

Finding good value and tasty wine is a real challenge, especially when it needs to be enjoyed by a wide range of people with different tastes.

This article should help you overcome large scale catering situations where you need to buy in the wine.

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The Best Wines to Drink at Easter

The Best Wines to Drink at Easter

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On first thought, Easter might not seem like a time of the year to appreciate wine. But step back a moment and think about it.

Easter is a public holiday in the U.K. It means almost everyone is at home, not working.

What a great day to get together with your family and friends? A time to enjoy wine, and celebrate being with those we care about.

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There are some really great wines that would be excellent to drink whilst munching through your Easter Egg collection.

We are going to come up with a few ideas for wines to pair with chocolate.

Wines to Drink at Family Lunch on Easter Day

If you are organizing Easter lunch for your friends or family, you need to think about the wine you are going to serve.

Do all of the people you are inviting enjoy wine? If not, you need to find some wines that are not too challenging.

Wines that will enhance the food, but still be easy to drink. Here is our selection of entirely drinkable wines to consume over Easter lunch.

Rheingau Riesling Kabinett halbtrocken

This came from Weingut Robert Weil, this is a fine Riesling. This is one of those wines that pretty much anybody can enjoy.

Not too sweet, and certainly not dry, it has a flowery, slightly citrus bouquet.

Taste wise, it is very rewarding and refreshing.

As a white wine to serve to people who you are not sure like wine, this is a good choice.

Beefsteak Club Malbec 2014 Mendoza

This is from Majestic Wine, this is a charming, new age red wine that really offers a very light taste for a dry red.

This is why we chose it as our red wine selection for Easter lunch. It has a very fruity flavour, and is not at all challenging as many other red dry wines are.

For this reason, it is perfect for people that might not usually appreciate red wine.

It still clears the palate well, but it has none of the challenge of traditional reds.

Baron Herzog White Zinfandel Rosé

This is our rose selection for Easter lunch. Coming from the Waitrose Cellar, this is a simple, uncomplicated wine.

Rose wine has become very popular recently, simply because it can be so adaptable. It can work with red and white meats.

It can even work as a dessert wine at times. So this really is a great go to wine if you are unsure of what your guests prefer.

Light, fruity and refreshing. Yet still rewarding to drink, and a great accompaniment to a wide range of foods.

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Relaxing on Easter Afternoon with a Glass of Wine

So you are sitting at home, maybe watching TV or reading a book, and you would like to enjoy some great wine?

Drinking wine alone is the one time we can really experiment. We don’t have to worry if everyone else is going to enjoy our selection.

So here is a few wine that will challenge your taste buds, and potentially give you a unique wine drinking experience.

First Press Chardonnay Napa Valley

It is coming from the Waitrose Cellar, this is an American Chardonnay with a difference.

It still has all of the usual Chardonnay character, but it adds something a little more. A very citrus bouquet, but with an astonishing overtone of coconut.

This is where this Chardonnay is different. Making it great for experimenting with.

Taste wise it is well balanced, and has a very long finish, making it a great sipping wine on an Easter afternoon.

Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Merlot 2010

It is here we have a Merlot produced in Chile, from TheDrinkShop. In recent years, Chile has gained a reputation as one of the best new wine growing regions in the world.

But when it comes to a classic like Merlot, how can Chile compare? Well, this Merlot is a good one. But a little different.

It lacks the subtlety of traditional Merlot. But it does bring a very berry rich bouquet to the table.

Again, a great wine to experiment with. The fruitiness makes it enjoyable to sip, and it is not overly dry.

Taylor’s Chip Dry White Port

Here we have a Portuguese Port from the Waitrose Cellar.

No list of wines to enjoy sipping on a lazy afternoon would be complete without a fortified wine such as Port.

This one is distinctive. A very dark, rich colour, and exceptionally dry.

Our recommendation is that you refrigerate it, and serve it over ice.

How’s that for a wine experiment on Easter afternoon?

Wines for Easter Dinner

It’s early evening, time to sit down with your family for Easter dinner. So we need to come up with an eclectic wine selection to complement the food we serve.

To make things easier, here is a good selection of quality wines, that can be paired with various dishes.

Bourgogne Chardonnay, Les Murelles

If you are serving fish, chicken or some other type of white meat for Easter Dinner, then you can’t go wrong with a Chardonnay.

This one from Domaine de Brully is a great one. Made in France, it has the classic, simple Chardonnay bouquet, and a semi-dry taste delivery that complements food, without being too challenging to drink.

A seriously fine wine to enjoy with white meat or fish over Easter dinner.

Waitrose Barolo

From the Waitrose Cellar, this is a simple, no nonsense red wine. But it is a Barolo in every sense of the word.

Sure, it’s at the lower end of the price scale, but it has all of that Barolo character. We included this as our red wine selection for Easter dinner, to go with rich meat dishes.

It is a great wine to introduce people to the pleasure of drinking Barolo, and may come as a surprise for many people. And nothing works as well with red meat as a good Barolo.

Carmel Palwin No.10 Menorah Red Dessert Wine

This is a great little dessert wine from the Waitrose Cellar. A very pale red colour, which is something very different in a dessert wine.

Yet still sweet enough to accompany the very sweetest of desserts.

It is also very easy to drink, not overly sweet or sickly, so great for people who generally do not prefer a sweet wine.

The perfect end to an Easter dinner with your friends and family.

Wines to Drink when Eating Easter Eggs

All that chocolate, inside a shiny wrapper, just waiting to be eaten. We eat more chocolate in the form of Easter Eggs at this time of the year, than at any other.

But have you considered that there might be some good wines that will actually taste great with all that chocolate?

We are going to give a selection of wines that might surprise you. They will work well with your Easter Eggs.

Brown Brothers Special Late Harvested Orange Muscat & Flora

As the name suggests, this intriguing white wine from the Waitrose Cellar has some seriously powerful connotations of orange. Both in the bouquet and the taste.

So we think this is a great pairing for chocolate, and all of those Easter Eggs you want to eat.

The orange aroma and aftertaste will really help to enhance the flavour of the chocolate in a clever way.

Give it a try, you might be surprised at how well this pairing works.

Rubis Chocolate Wine

From TheDrinkShop, this pairing just makes sense. You are already eating lots of chocolate in the form of all those Easter Eggs, so why not drink something with a taste of chocolate as well?

If you have never tried these types of flavoured wines before, you might be surprised.

Yes, they taste very different from ordinary wine, but they do still have all of the body and character of a normal wine.

Riesling Beerenauslese Kiedrich Gräfenberg

Coming from Weingut Robert Weil, this is a high quality German dessert wine. The reason we feel this is a great pairing for eating with your Easter Eggs is twofold.

Firstly, you only get to eat Easter Eggs once a year. So if you are going to enjoy them with a bottle of dessert wine, why not an expensive one?

Secondly, because this pairing simply works. German dessert wines are known as being the most forgiving of dessert wines.

The complexity in flavour helps it to blend with many different types of desserts, and this includes pure chocolate. So dig deep, and enjoy this fine German dessert wine.

Easter Wines Conclusion

So there we have it. We have shown that Easter is a surprisingly good time of the year to enjoy wine.

Whether you are spending Easter alone, or entertaining friends or family, you now have no excuse not to enjoy great wines on this public holiday in the U.K.

From a simple family lunch, to a full on Easter Egg feast, there are a whole range of great wines, from all around the world, that are entirely suitable for enjoying on Easter Day.

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How to remove the stain from Red Wine

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Red Wine does tend to stain a lot. Hence it is important to know how to remove the stain, if in case the wine spills. In order to remove Wine stains, one needs to follow the following procedure

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  1. Dab or blot the excess spill.
  2. Apply salt on the material on which wine has fallen. This salt tends to soak up the excess liquid if any, and also prevents it from seeping further
  3. White Wine can be applied in order to neutralize the stain
  4. On the stain, baking soda needs to be applied, which also helps remove the wine stain
  5. After this wash the garment with normal water using a laundry detergent. Hot water should be avoided as it tends to set the stain.

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Michael is an online enthusiast, with a lot of knowledge about online marketing. Traveling around the world to hunt for the perfect wine. Latest on Sicily, where Etna has a huge impact on the taste, which is strong with a bitter aftertaste for the youngest wines, but older wines are fantastic. Drinking wine, and writing about them, are one the passions. Remember to drink responsibly 🙂

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