Organic wines: What’s the big deal?

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The rise of organic wine over the last few years has been pretty staggering and every year we see a bigger demand for it, but why go organic? Organic wine producers are popping up all over the world and it’s believed that the organic market is growing faster than any other wine sector. We should lay our cards on the table right now and admit that we absolutely love organic wine and that’s why we stock a pretty comprehensive range at our North Berwick store. Now, we’re most definitely not having a go at any vineyards that don’t use organic processes – no, no, no. You have to remember that the vast majority of the world’s producers are not organic. What is organic wine? Before we go any further, let’s clear up what organic wine is because this can cause a bit of confusion. Quite simply, organic wine is wine that is produced without the use of chemical fertilisers, herbicides,...
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Which single malt whisky are you?

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For every man, there’s a single malt whisky and for every single malt whisky, there’s a man somebody once said… probably. But what if our character traits were the drivers behind which single malt whisky we drink? What if there were stunning whiskies for every character on the planet? Of course, there are stunning whiskies out there for everyone. So doesn’t that make this exercise completely pointless, you ask. To you we say, shut up. And read. So this is simple. Pick your personality – introvert, extrovert, geek, hipster or snob – and bingo! We recommend the single malt whisky that suits you like a… well, like a good whisky. THE INTROVERT You’d rather let someone else do the talking and you definitely don’t dance at parties. You don’t even have a boogie when you’re drunk. Yes, you’re definitely an introvert. But that’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with being the shy, retiring type and we’re pleased to report that there’s...
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Arran single malts: From beauty… comes beauty

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If a whisky is distilled in a breathtaking paradise, does that make the whisky taste better? Interesting question and we might just be inclined to say yes if Arran Single Malt whisky is the tipple. We at Lockett Bros have to put our cards on the table from the start here and say that we fell in love not only with this whisky but with the stunning Isle of Arran itself. The island rises triumphantly from the Firth of Clyde on Scotland’s West Coast, and when we say that it’s beautiful, we really mean it. You might know by now that there’s few things that get us more excited than quality wines, whiskies and cycling and the Isle of Arran nails two out of three of these (Arran vineyards, anyone?). We’ve been cycling around Arran’s stupendously stunning countryside for a few years and every time we go, we discover something new. Arran whisky is something that you most definitely have...
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Bruichladdich Cuvee 407 PX: It’s a little bit special

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As a wine and whisky merchant of good repute – we think we can say that with a straight face – we naturally see huge amounts of different drinks passing through our doors but, every so often, we get our hands on something so splendid, we have to give it some extra special treatment. Today, we at Lockett Bros have one of those little nuggets and we’re going to talk about it now. What are we banging on about, we hear you say. It’s the unbelievably explosive and magnificent Bruichladdich Cuvee 407 PX. You know how passionate we are about really good whisky and how we respect the age-old techniques and practices that are woven into the tapestry of our incredible Scotch whisky industry but it’s so exciting when something comes along that laughs in the face of tradition and goes its own way. This really is a firecracker of a whisky and a huge amount of work has gone...
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Wines to drink when spring has sprung

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We’re getting a little bit excited here at Lockett Bros as the winter weather seems to have finally abated and spring is ready to make an appearance. Have we just spoken too soon and jinxed it? Probably. But let’s just pretend that we’ve finally seen the back of winter. It’s time to get excited about spring and summer and the delicious bounty of wines that will be just perfect for enjoying on those long, warm evenings. Now you’re getting a wee bit excited too aren’t you? Spring is a great time to enjoy wine – let’s be honest, there’s no bad time for wine – but as nights stretch and everything seems to waken from its winter slumber, there’s an added buzz in the air. With the change in weather, we suddenly want to eat and drink differently. Hearty stews and big, bold reds tend to be less appealing as the mercury starts to rise; but let’s not discount them...
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New Zealand: Pioneering spirit that started a love affair with wine

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New Zealand is now firmly fixed in the hearts and minds of wine drinkers the world over, such is the quality of the produce, but it wasn’t always like that. The South Island of New Zealand is, without doubt, one of the planet’s most impressive wine-producing regions and, to an extent, one of the world’s most underrated. The fact that New Zealand produces wine at all, is a testament to the early producers. And the fact that it’s a wine-producing heavyweight is nothing short of a fairytale story. Quite simply, New Zealand really doesn’t do bad wines. Its geographical position, climate and rich soils combined to create the perfect storm for quality but the first producers had to work incredibly hard to get the ball rolling. Some of the first settlers in the 1800s made tentative forays into the world of wine production but it was on a small scale, with limited resources and battling difficult conditions. By the 1960s,...
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The rise and rise of single cask whisky: An interview with Peter MacKay

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In a category that offers so much variety it could make your head spin, there’s an option that more and more discerning whisky drinkers are turning to – single casks. Single casks give drinkers the chance to try a whisky that might not have been enjoyed as a single malt, without an independent bottler. One of Scotland’s (and by default the world’s) most respected and successful of these independent bottlers is Morrison and MacKay, based in Bankfoot, Perthshire. Peter MacKay (pictured, left, with father Kenny) is one of the team at this merchant and the son of managing director Kenny MacKay who bought into the business with the Morrison family in 2005. Since then the company has gone from strength to strength and as well as offering fine single cask whiskies, they are the only producer of cream liqueur in Great Britain. The company is also responsible for the phenomenally good Carn Mor whisky range. You might also know that...
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Ten wines every connoisseur must have on the rack

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Talking about just 10 of our favourite wines is, realistically, a pretty impossible task when there are so many incredible varieties out there but you know how much we love to talk about good wine, so it was worth putting it out there. To keep it fair, we’ve offered five reds and five whites and trust us when we say that these sumptuous wines are some of the finest you could have on your rack or in the cellar right now. What makes it even better is that they don’t cost the earth to enjoy. Whites Boisset Macon-Ige This peachy little beauty is full-bodied and fruity and gives up beautiful notes of creamy vanilla and just the right amount of citrus tang. It’s one of those complex wines that you can get lost in enjoying and you should too – a lot of work has gone into it. The fruit is sourced from the little village of Ige giving this...
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Wines of Portugal: Variety is the spice of life

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If you’re looking for a truly world-class wine region that boasts some of the most varied grapes and growing to be found anywhere, then you’d be hard pushed to find a better location than Portugal. This Mediterranean hotspot is one of Lockett Bros’ favourite wine-producing countries. It’s one of those places that seems to produce world-class wine after world-class wine and it manages to do it quietly and without much fuss. Portuguese vineyards are as varied and exciting as you could ever hope to find and this is down in part to the grape varietals and contrasting soils that do so much for the wines, from the Madeira Islands to the Azores and just about everywhere in between. Terroir diversity is something that so many wine-producing countries brag about but Portugal is the real deal. Portuguese wines are unique and exciting. The whole country is crisscrossed by fantastic vineyards. Indeed, you could say it has a glut of fine producers...
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From old plumbing to one of the world’s finest gins, the fascinating story of NB Gin

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Sometimes the answer is staring you right in the face… or in the case of NB Gin’s Steve and Viv Muir, it was swirling around in their glasses. If you love gin, then the chances are you will know NB Gin and if you’ve tried NB Gin then the chances are you will love it. Since its launch in 2013, it has become one of the leaders in a gin revolution that has taken the drinks industry by storm. If it wasn’t for the fact that NB Gin was such an incredibly stunning drink, you could call Steve and Viv upstarts. It’s funny to think now, but NB Gin (the name comes from North Berwick in Scotland where it’s lovingly distilled) could have been NB Beer. “Setting up a business was something we wanted to do and initially Steve wanted to go into brewing and make a beer but we were sitting having a gin and tonic one night and...
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