What? The fermented juice of various types of grape, or less commonly, other fruits.

Where? Grapes need a moderately warm climate, so growth is focused in Southern Europe, the Americas, Australasia, and parts of the Middle East.

When? The first physical evidence dates to 6000BC in Georgia, continues soon after in the Middle East and is spread throughout the Mediterranean by the Phoenicians.

How? Temperature of serve is the only factor to consider, and you already know those rules for table wine. Fortified wines generally have their own rules.

Tip For Beginners: The Old World wines of France, Germany and Italy categorize themselves differently to the New World who usually tell you the grapes used in the wine. As grapes are the building blocks of flavour, we think its easier to learn about types of grape you like the taste of rather than the names of endless appellations, communes, or chateaux.

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    • Percheron Chenin Viognier 2018 75cl deal
    • Percheron Chenin Viognier 2018 75cl
      • £7.50
    • Most of the grapes in Percheron's attractive white blend are sourced from mature 40-year Chenin Blanc bush vines tucked in hidden corners of South Africa's diverse Western Cape. Teamed with a portion of Viognier, the result is a flavoursome, floral-driven white offering an abundance of fleshy orchard fruit characters. Style: Medium-Bodied Dry White Region: South Africa, Western Cape Grape: Chenin…
    • Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2018 75cl
    • Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2018 75cl
      • £12.50
    • Raats' 'Original' Chenin is an unoaked creation whose stainless steel upbringing yields a fresh-faced rendering of South Africa's pet grape. Rife with gregarious fruit characters, this is eminently sippable and easy to pair with a broad range of dishes. New World producers are sometimes perceived as trying to be all things to all drinkers, but you'd struggle to toss this unfair generalisation the…
    • De Trafford Straw Wine NV 37.5cl bin ends
    • De Trafford Straw Wine NV 37.5cl
      • RRP: £23.50
      • Now: £20.50
    • Straw wines are heady concoctions, made from grapes whose juices have been concentrated from natural drying, usually out in the sunshine on straw mats. An ancient technique common throughout Europe, De Trafford's riff on an Old World classic has been made since 1998 and was the first commercial release of its kind to hail from South Africa. Style: Sweet White Wine Region: South Africa, Stellenbosc…
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