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Rioja may be Spain’s oldest DOCa region but it is anything but out-of-date when it comes to producing wines of interest. From single varietals to modern and contemporary reds, many winemakers are producing an increasing number of unusual styles and flaunting the indigenous varietals of the region. Last week, Wines from Rioja headed off on…

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It’s no secret that a portion of the British public has been wary of German wines for a few years. Enter the Wines of Germany ‘Give it a Whirl’ tour! This summer, we’ve been on the road with our pub garden stand, sampling and spreading the word about German wine at a number of foodie…

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On home soil

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Having recently returned from a ski trip to Bulgaria that included rather a lot of hot, locally-produced Rakia with honey, I got to thinking about those drinks we regularly imbibe on foreign soil and how much better they taste when sipped in their country of origin. Whether it’s German beer, Mexican tequila, or a good…

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Over the last few years, the term ‘recession’ has filtered into our everyday language, bringing up 16,300,000 results on Google and 90,400 on The Guardian’s UK website alone (18/03/14). While it’s clear to see that the marketplace for wine remains a challenging one, we are seeing signs of that other frequently used phrase, ‘economic recovery’.…

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Every year the staff at Sainsbury’s HQ pledge four or so days to help out in store doing everything from stacking shelves to assisting with customer requests to scanning shoppers’ baskets at the checkout. As a member of the Sainsbury’s team at Phipps, just before Christmas I was assigned to my local store in Beckton…

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… two of man’s greatest creations. Quite a statement I know but both have been around for thousands of years and through the ages have brought pleasure to the Mayans, Romans, Victorians and every civilisation in between. Given a choice, 33% of those polled in the office would opt for wine while 25% would choose…

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Sherry Fever

I’ve been sherry obsessed ever since my first taste of Tio Pepe Fino so when it came to planning my next mini-break earlier this year, it came as no surprise to my nearest and dearest that my final destination was Jerez! Relatively unknown compared to neighbouring Malaga and Seville but home to some of the…

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To tip

The question of if and how much to tip is always hotly debated. Obviously if the service provided was good, the answer should be an unequivocal ‘yes’.  But what about when the waitress throws food down in front of you without so much as a smile, neglects to offer any further drinks and takes 30…

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There was a touch of British resilience on the Southbank on the 15th, 16th June as more than 12,000 hungry and thirsty festival-goers made for Potters Fields Park to soak up a bit of Spanish culture at Rioja Tapas Fantasticas, despite the clouds emptying around them. With 33 Rioja wineries pouring a range of delicious wines,…

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This summer, Wines of Germany is touring England spreading the word about the delicious wines produced in Germany.   The trade needs no convincing that German Riesling and Spätburgunder are awesome so now it’s time to get consumers sipping. The Wines of Germany team will be visiting a selection of popular consumer festivals, offering quality…

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