- Pick an award-winning wine
- This year we’ve added 2 incredibly prestigious awards to our collection for our wonderful world of wine – Drinks Retailer of the Year from the Retail Industry Awards and Good Housekeeping Readers’ Favourite Wine Retailer 2020.
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- Pop goes the price tag
- It’s official. Our Veuve Monsigny Champagne is an absolute steal at £12.99. Jilly’s blind taste test priced it at an incredible £25. Cheers!
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Read the label
“The front label tells you the origins and sometimes the grape variety. There will be more about the taste and flavour on the back. So see if the description appeals, or go for a grape variety you like, but from a different region.”
Give it a chance!
“Taste the wine first on its own, not cluttered with other flavours and scents. You can’t judge it if you’ve got a mouthful of hummus! Of course, wine partners well with food, but it’s just best to judge it on its own first.”
Smell and taste
“Jiggle the glass to disturb the surface, put your nose in the glass and take a deep sniff. Give the flavour a chance to express itself when you take a sip. Is it aromatic? Fruity? A great quality wine normally has complex layers.”
Let it linger
“A great wine’s flavour will sit in your mouth and linger. A good test is whether you can hold a conversation with your friend or partner between sips and still get a hint of that flavour.”
Look at the bottle again
“Is what you tasted listed on the back? If it’s a good quality wine the flavours and balance should really sing. See if you agree with the description on the label. ”
Serve it well
“To taste quality and complexity, make sure it’s served in the best way. Cool for a white. For a red, open, pour a glass then allow to soften for 30mins before drinking. Don’t fill to the brim, you need space for the aroma to gather.”