Category Archives: Guides

German Wine – Is it the Best in the World?

germany_profileWorking in the wine business we are often asked “what country makes the best wine in the world”? Well of course that is a very difficult question to answer, like trying to pick your favourite album or child. There are hot contenders but with so many variables like colour, style, sweetness etc, it is impossible to pick just one country or even region. But, what this Drinkmonger-er can say is that Germany is up there with the very best.

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Drinks and Christmas Films

remotes_profileLast year, we wrote an article matching food with Christmas dinner. Check it out here for a great guide to your booze requirements (some of the products are not available anymore, but it is a good framework). This year, we thought we would look at the other main activity other than eating at Christmas; films. Every year, however long you get off for Christmas (we work in retail, so not long!), there is always time to watch a few films. But what should you drink and what should you watch?

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Port: A Beginners Guide

port_in_lightOf all the great fortified wines the world has to offer, Port is one of the most recognisable. People tend to gravitate towards Port at Christmas time but we believe it is perfect at any time of the year. But what is Port? Here we will guide you through this luscious and hedonistic wine and hopefully you will discover that Port is for life, not just for Christmas.

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Understanding Wine: The Noble Grapes – Part 2

red_grape_profileIn Part 1 of Understanding Wine: The Noble Grapes, we learned that although there are around 1368 different varieties of grapes that are used to make wine today, only a handful qualify as the Noble Grapes; these being the grapes that are used on a world wide scale to make quality wine. We started by looking at the white varieties, their origins and how they influence the taste and quality of the wine.

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Understanding Wine: The Noble Grapes – Part 1

White Wine GrapesAccording to esteemed wine writer Jancis Robinson and her book ‘Wine Grapes’ there are 1368 varieties currently being commercially used to make wine. With so many grape varieties, all adding their unique qualities to the wine they make, where do you start to learn about wine? Luckily for us, six varieties known as The Noble Grapes, have come to dominate the world’s production of quality wine.

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