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John’s Monthly Wine Recommendations- April

White WineDefinition Series Chenin Blanc, South Africa. Majestic, £12.99.Majestic Definition Chenin BlancA good example of the style you can achieve from Chenin Blanc, when wine makers aren’t trying to squeeze as many grapes out of their vines as possible. Green apple and citrus, with a honeyed nose. Delicious stone and tropical fruit on the palate, […]

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March Supermarket Wine Recommendations

White WineALDI Champagne Veuve Monsigny Brut NV, France. £10.99.Aldi Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut NVEaster is usually a time for celebration, and bringing the whole family together. Therefore, I thought I’d push the boat out and recommend some fizz in this month’s supermarket wine recommendations. Good Champagne is never cheap. However, for a modest price, Aldi […]

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Champagne Bureau Masterclass at Sheffield Hallam University

The Champagne BureauThe CIVC (Comité Interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne) is a semi autonomous official body that looks after the interests of the thousands of Champagne vine growers and wine makers. It has several responsibilities, the most (in)famous perhaps being its fierce legal protection of Champagne’s status as a protected designation of origin product. However, […]

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John’s Monthly Wine Recommendations- February

Back due to popular demand!! As it’s turned a little wintry again, I thought I’d recommend a couple of warming reds, including a classic Port. I’m often asked about the Wine Society when I feature their wines in my wine recommendations or wine tasting events here in Manchester.The Wine Society is a Member’s only co-operative, […]

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What is Gin? Part 1- What is Gin Made From?

All gin starts out life as a pre-distilled neutral base spirit with little or no character. The majority are made from a base of grains, (ie, vodka!) but other raw materials can be used such as grapes or mead. This neutral spirit is then re-distilled with flavouring ingredients known as ‘botanicals,’ or natural or artificial […]

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Christmas Wine Suggestions

Christmas gatherings can be a bit of a nightmare to cater and select wines for, especially with lots of guests. The more people there are, inevitably the wider diversity of personal tastes and preferences. It’s first of all important to remember that you will never please everyone! However, here I’ll lay out some suggested Christmas […]

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