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5 Thirst Quenching White Wines to Beat the Heat this Summer

​Tempted to reach for the Sauvignon Blanc, but fancy a change or a talking point at the BBQ? Why not try some of these refreshing options?Picpoul de Pinet This warmth loving grape comes from the Languedoc in the south of France. Amazingly, it managed to stay crisp and refreshing despite the intense summer heat. Its name […]

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Hinomaru Jozo Sake Tasting at The Sparrows Restaurant, Manchester

John was very kindly invited along to a supplier tasting dinner at The Sparrows. This little restaurant, which seats at most 12 diners, is tucked away on Mirabel Street, under the railway arches opposite Manchester Arena. It is a hidden gem, specialising in pasta and ‘Spätzle,’ a type of pasta that forms the base of […]

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John’s Monthly Wine Recommendations, April

White WineSainsbury’s Taste the Difference Greco Di Tufo. Campania, Italy. £10​Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Greco di TufoFrom Campania in Italy, the favoured wine region of the ancient Romans. This is made from the Greco grape, named after the Greeks who were first thought to have brought this variety with them to southern Italy. Greco Di […]

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Advanced Sake Sommelier Course, Japan February 2019

Tuesday 12th February Trip to Gekkeikan Sake brewery, Japan’s biggest producer and exporter. Essentially a giant industrial complex. Our guide kept referring to it as ‘factory,’ rather than a  brewery. Sake was produced on a huge scale, mostly for domestic consumption at this site. Everything was automated- from the rice steaming, Koji making to the final […]

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Northern Wine School Gift Guide

​Welcome to The Northern Wine School Gift Guide! Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are done and dusted & you still haven’t got those important presents for special people? We have some inspiration for you. Here are some ideas we’ve gathered together to make buying for your loved ones so much easier. Experiences are remembered […]

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Meet the Gin Makers – Four Sisters Distillery

​We Welcomed Lucy & Hayley last Friday ​Two of the famous sisters from Sis4er’s Distillery, Salford came along to our packed gin tasting on November 9th. They gave an entertaining presentation about the eleven siblings and their transformation into brewers and distillers. A model of the distillery’s copper still, called Arabella was on display. “Frederica” […]

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