DO NAVARRA – Spanish Wines

Spanish Wines that will make you feel young again Navarra is situated in the North of Spain, at the western end of the Pyrenees, where it shares a 163 kilometre stretch of border with France. The entire Navarra DO Spanish Denominación de Origen (Origin Denomination)) lies south of the area’s capital city, Pamplona, which is famous for its annual Running of the

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Wine it Up

Alcohol and wine, what you need to know When I listen to people talk about alcohol and wine, it is astonishing to hear the many misconceptions between the two. So, let’s look at the basics, how it all starts: Wine comes from grapes but grapes do not have alcohol, so how do they become alcoholic? Simple, grapes have sugar, and through a

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Lesson Learned

Why attend a wine tasting if I already know what I like? I often get asked by wine lovers why they should go to wine tastings and wine events when they already know which wines they like. It’s the same kind of thinking that around half of the people drinking wine have. After asking and

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Boring Wines

Life’s to short to drink dull, unexciting wines I know the title is likely to be controversial and upset some, if not many, but I am simply tired of seeing so much boring wine! And what do I mean when I say “boring wine”? Well, all the many wines, which are almost- factory produced in

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Red Wine with Fish?

A food and wine pairing that breaks the rules I recently led a wine training session to a restaurant team, most of whom were young and had formal qualification in hospitality. Before I started, I asked each of them to write down what they knew about wine. I was very happy to see that everyone

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Organic Matter

Why you should be drinking organic wine Over the recent years, organic and ecological wines have been gaining in popularity all over the world. More and more wineries are producing them, yet they still remain a minority, and it’s not easy to find good ones. There are different usage and regulations for the term “organic,”

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FROM HYGGE TO HOGMANAY – HOW THE WORLD CELEBRATES THE FESTIVE SEASON

Global research by Diageo explores celebration rituals across the world as two-thirds (66%) raise a toast of celebration. Findings reveal the Danish art of hygge is alive and well with over half (57%) choosing to host a simple festive celebration at home. Global research released today by Diageo examines the shape of modern festive celebrations

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Wine Road Less Traveled

Exciting wine regions you’ve never heard of We are all familiar with the popular and famous wine producing areas around the world, or at least many of them. In France, Burgundy and Bordeaux top the list; Chianti and Barolo in Italy; California in the US, Rioja and Ribera in Spain. However, over the past two

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The Price on Taste

The difference between cheap and expensive wine There’s a popular belief that the more expensive something is the better it is, but is it really? Well, it depends, and it actually depends on many things. Let’s start with the main point: you like what you like and you should drink what you enjoy rather than

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Land of the Long White Wine

In a cluttered wine landscape, where so many seem the same, the Kiwis do it differently New Zealand is far away, in fact so far away from everything that it’s almost isolated from the nearest country by over 1,500km. Such isolation, together with the climate and the particularities of the different soils that can be found

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