Category Archives: Wine Tips

Bluff your way through a Wine Dinner

Written by Debra Meiburg MW.  If mutely listening to a table of wine lovers dissect a wine is as painful as a dental visit (sorry, Dr. Cheung), bluff your way through a wine dinner with this kit of secret tools. Launch your wine bluffing play by dividing the red wines of the world into two […]
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Is Bigger Better?

They may be showy and create a dining room spectacle that the ostentatious revel in but there’s valued reasoning why sommeliers and wine lovers clamber to get their hands on these cumbersome showpieces. We’re not talking casks or kegs but the flamboyant large format wine bottles that come in varying sizes from the more commonly […]
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Perfect Wine Pairing for Your CNY Feast

Preparing for group dining events, it’s important not to overlook a key element: the accompanying wines & other beverages. Typically celebrations throughout Chinese New Year revolve around food and especially local delicacies – here are our suggestions for matching wines to your feast! Firstly, remember your audience. If your friends and family prefer lighter styles, […]
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Detox to Retox

Am I really about to write a piece on abstaining from wine? Absolutely! It may seem unusual for a wine retailer to promote a little wine abstinence but there are some rather good reasons why from time to time we should take a break from wine. Or is it just me who’s had way too […]
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To spit or not to spit? That is the question.

Approaching a tasting table decked with fine wines, the prerequisite mouth-cleansing crackers, stained tasting notes and often poker-faced, intimidating wine experts, the whole experience can be absolutely terrifying for some. What often causes this terror and distress? The dreaded spittoon. Using a spittoon can lead to embarrassment and humiliation; will the wine drip down my […]
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Expert Wine List Tips!

While dining out recently with friends I was handed the wine list and instructed, “You’re the wine expert, you pick.” Thrust upon me was a wine list the size of a coffee-table book that belonged more to an encyclopedic set than the accompanying partner to the humble two paged food menu. If you were handed […]
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10 Top Uses for Leftover Wine

We’ve put our heads together to come up with this helpful list of tips for your leftover wine! Freeze into ice cubes for your next drink! Prepare a delicious coq au vin – with red OR white wine If you have more than one bottle half empty, pour together into one. Winemakers can blend – […]
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Organic wines: hippy or hip?

There is widespread confusion surrounding the social impact and personal health benefits of organic & biodynamic farming globally and these exact same concerns exist in the wine industry. Winemakers who don’t support this method of winemaking claim it to be ‘ludicrous’, ‘the wines won’t last’, ‘it’s for hippies and it doesn’t taste any better!’. But […]
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