• Staying positive through the World Cup - drink English Wine!

    Posted by Chardonnay in Wines June 25, 2014

    There was a time when English wine was received with a nervous snigger. Not any more. Now, according to our store managers at a recent tasting, people are coming in every day asking for English wine. There seems to be a kind of patriotic driven curiosity about it.
    There are a host of new and exciting…

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  • Sulphiting Talk: Additive Free Wines

    Posted by Botrytis in Wines May 21, 2014

    Increasingly, I am asked for wines that are low in, or free from sulphites, and in the past, this would result in me sucking air through my teeth with a concerned look on my face, and trying to explain how important the role sulphites are in the production of a modern wine.
    And they do indeed…

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  • Any Port in a Storm

    Posted by Botrytis in Wines February 26, 2014

    As I write, it is a beautiful morning outside. Not a cloud in the sky and there is even a hint of spring-like warmth in the sunshine, so it’s really beginning to feel like the worst might be over, and I can stop browsing ebay for canoes.
    The recent diabolical weather have left me seeking comfort…

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    Posted by Balthazar in Wines January 25, 2014

    It’s the start of a new year and we are very excited at Spirited Wines about what that will bring, especially as we are kicking off January by highlighting some of the great wines from Australia. To coincide with Australia Day on the 26th of January we are holding some in-store tastings of a couple…

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  • Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum

    Posted by Balthazar in Spirits January 17, 2014

    Rum, once the drink of choice for seafaring types, has over the past decade begun to move into the premium side of the spirits industry. While you can still pick up a bottle of rum that is best drank with a mixer, the increase in the aged sipping rums that you now find on the…

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