Posts Tagged The Wine Society


Because I’m All About Value


So, buying a bottle of wine in the UK has just got more expensive.

What to do?

a) Trade down – which could mean more goes on tax. Producer Gavin Quinney has calculated that half of what you spend on a £6 bottle of wine is tax.

b) Drink less, but better – something your doctor would approve of, no doubt.

c) Get more savvy about wines that offer more bang for your buck – such as those from Languedoc-Roussillon in South-West France.

Lying almost between its more famous neighbours of Bordeaux and the Rhône Valley, Languedoc-Roussillon offers real diversity, not just because of the wide variety of grapes grown there but also the different terrains under vine in this large region. (more…)

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My Two-Penneth On Cheap Wine


When the editor of Decanter magazine had the temerity to suggest that “it’s pretty impossible to get a decent wine at £3.99 or £4.99” he was accused by Asda of being a snob. And if you look at the comments below his Guardian article, Asda were not the only people to take umbrage.

Much more has been said in defence of Guy Woodward’s comments – my favourite being from Anthony Rose in The Independent. Touché.

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PG Tips: I Give A Monkey’s


Falanghina is the grape di giorno dontcha know. You can’t move for a wine writer waxing lyrical about how wonderful wine made from this grape is for hot summer days.

“Drink this instead of Pinot Grigio” they say, referring to the Northern Italian style of wine made from the grape known everywhere else as Pinot Gris. (more…)

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Our Mutual Friends In Wine


The Wine Society’s chief executive Oliver Johnson is the first to admit that his organisation isn’t for everyone. “You’ve got to have an interest in wine,” he told a group of bloggers invited to tour the Society’s HQ in Stevenage, a few miles north of London. (more…)

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Summer Lovin’ From The Wine Society


As the impact of the new duty on wine sinks in, there was a timely reminder today of how you can still drink well within a budget – and not resort to supermarket “offers”. (more…)

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Charge Of The White Brigade


Spain. A bit of unchartered territory for me. Sure, I’m familiar with Rioja, Albariño, Rueda, Cava and sherry. But there is so much I don’t know.   (more…)

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A Cote D’Or Delight


I’ve only just got round to drinking the Francois D’Allaines Saint-Aubin 1er Cru “Sur Gamay” 2006 I bought last year from The Wine Society.   (more…)

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