It’s the Lockett Bros Awards! Let’s drink to that!

IN: EVENTSGINNEWSPRODUCERSVODKAWHISKYWINE

It’s nearly the end of the year and what a year it has been! To celebrate in style, here at Lockett Brothers we decided to host our own awards ceremony for all the delicious whisky, wine and spirits you have enjoyed. When we say “host our own awards ceremony,” we mean write a blog. Ahem. So, let’s have a look at which wines and spirits we went a little bit nuts about this year. Wine of the Year So many exceptional wines enjoyed this year but our winner comes from our friends over in France. The Boisset Bourgogne Chardonnay is our choice, albeit a difficult one. Its fresh mineral character distinguishes it from the competitors. It is deeper than some of its classic contemporary whites and offers a polished acidity that is insanely good. Whisky of the Year Although this whisky was matured in 2003 and not bottled until 2013, it has still become our choice for whisky of 2015....
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Do your worst Abigail, we’ll be in front of the fire with a drink

IN: HOW TOWHISKYWINE

‘Tis the season to drink and be merry (almost) so sit back and enjoy a little evening treat in front of a roaring fire! Winter is now most definitely here with Storm Abigail is bearing down on the UK. But don’t let this miserable weather get you down. There’s something strangely enjoyable about listening to a roaring storm as you sip a drink from the comfort of your home. Hurricane Abigail can throw what she wants at us. We’ll be fine in front of the fire with one of these beauties! Casa Silva Cool Coast Pinot Noir This is Casa Silva’s second 100 per cent Paredones-grown wine and a new addition to their ‘Cool Coast’ line. Planted on the coastal hills (hence the name) near the Pacific Ocean, this wine is dominated by the red fruits of pomegranate, cherries and strawberries. There’s a subtle but definite hint of cinnamon giving this wine a perfect winter touch. BUY NOW Alpha Zeta...
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Think you know Spanish wine? Think again!

IN: PRODUCERSTRAVELSWINE

There are some people out there who completely ignore Spanish wine and that bothers us at Lockett Bros. Spanish wine is fantastic and if the country’s wine marketers’ current efforts are rewarded, more and more Brits will be drinking it. There’s a big PR push to position Spanish wine as the natural pairing to particular foods. The “Eat Spain Drink Spain” campaign certainly has merit so let’s go on a little Spanish wine adventure. Spanish wine means variety Spain is the third largest wine producer in the world. It has more than 2.9 million acres of vineyards, making it the most widely planted wine-producing nation. There are more than 400 varieties of grape planted in Spain although 80 per cent of the country’s wine production uses just 20 of these. Rioja, Valdepenas and the northwest region of Galicia are the major wine regions in Spain, so if you are thinking of your next holiday’s destination these might be the go-to...
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Why this Rugby World Cup won’t be all about beer

IN: EVENTSGINVODKAWHISKYWINE

We all know that big sporting events go hand in hand with a good beer but we want to show you that it’s not all about hops. The Rugby World Cup, which kicks off tonight, will be a festival of sport and even self-confessed sports haters will struggle not to get swept up in it. Almost six weeks of world-class rugby will need some world-class drinks to enjoy it with. Beer will be most sport fans’ first thought when it comes to game-time drinks and we love a good beer as much as the next fan. But what if you’re not a beer fan? There’s a whole world of fantastic drinks to enjoy, from fine single malt whisky to rich and delicious wines to refreshing gins. There’s even vodka to be enjoyed! You’re only limited by your imagine. Tonight, after all the preambles and unnecessary ceremony is done with, hosts England will do battle with Fiji in the opening game....
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How to fake it as a wine expert

IN: HOW TOWINE

Are you a wine expert? If the answer is yes, then good for you. You know your stuff and you can hold your own with any wine connoisseurs. But what if you’re not an expert? You might love a good wine and you’re pretty good at knowing a decent one from a bad one but when it comes to the intricacies of wine tasting, that might be when you start to panic. Well, we’re here to help you! You might not want to spend hours researching wine trends and tasting notes. Perhaps you want to go for the quicker (some might say lazier) route and fake your way to being a wine expert. But how do you do it? Easy! Follow our tips and you can hold your own in any wine conversation, kind of. DISCLAIMER: If you’re found out to be a fraud, we at Lockett Bros won’t be held responsible for your public humiliation. Take your time and...
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Focus on Italian wines

IN: PRODUCERSTRAVELSWINE

It’s been said before, but Italians really know how to live and much of that is about good food and good wine. Yes, we can learn a lot from the Italians! Italy is blessed with some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world and if you’re looking for a wine holiday, you would be hard pushed to find a better destination. That inviting climate, the stunning settings, the people and the wine… oh, the wine! And the food! Can you tell that we love Italy? Italy is still the world’s largest wine producer in terms of volume and, of course, it would be a sweeping generalisation to say it was all great, but trust us when we say that a great proportion of it is spectacular. Italy has 20 defined wine regions and they all offer something slightly different. Variety is the spice of life, according to the Italians and wine lovers could spend a month in the country...
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Why is Sauvignon Blanc so popular?

IN: PRODUCERSTRAVELSWINE

Sauvignon Blanc. It’s the wine people turn to again and again because they enjoy it and it’s a safe bet, but why is it so popular? Go into any wine merchant or supermarket in practically any developed country in the world and you’ll find dozens of Sauvignon Blanc options but it wasn’t always like this. Before the 1980s, Sauvignon Blanc was a variety that featured rarely in the world’s top wines but today it’s a staple. Can you imagine a world without Sauvignon Blanc? So what happened? Well, we have New Zealand to thank for its popularity today. Surprising perhaps that a relatively young wine-producing nation could have almost single-handedly changed our wine tastes, but it’s absolutely true. Pre-1980s, none of the big French wine producers paid any attention to Sauvignon Blanc. They didn’t need to. It was of course a component of white Bordeaux but that was about as far as its use went. Then those crafty Kiwis, without...
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Australian wine: Time to get down with it

IN: PRODUCERSTRAVELSWINE

Apparently, the global perception of Australian wine doesn’t match the high-quality reality, according to Wine Australia. This puzzles us. We’ve long been massive fans of all that the great Land Down Under has to offer and especially its wine so we wrongly assumed the whole world felt the same. But nope. Apparently there are still swathes of people who’d rather stick with the tried and tested favourites than try an Aussie offering. We have to change this! Those who don’t take a gamble (and it’s not even a gamble) with Australian wines are missing out. Australia produces some of the finest wines in the world! Australian wines are some of the most diverse you could ever hope to come across, from its finesse-filled Cabernets to its world-class Chardonnays, Australia really does have something for every wine lover. So, just to be clear, we love Australian wine. You should too. Here’s a little nugget of trivia for you. Despite being a...
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Wines to enjoy during the Tour de France… and you don’t even need a bike

IN: CYCLINGEVENTSWINE

We’re now almost a third of the way through the 2015 Tour de France so we thought it would be a good time to look at the brutal route the cyclists take and see which wines we can all enjoy along the way. Of course, Christopher Froome, Alberto Contador et al won’t be thinking about wine is they push their bodies to the limits of human endurance but at least we can (wine, not human endurance). The Tour de France is a punishing sporting spectacle that only the bravest and fittest of athletes could ever hope to win. It also happens to weave its way through, and near, dozens of France’s premier wine producing regions and that makes the event a magnet for sports fans and wine connoisseurs alike. Watching the gruelling Tour de France might not put you in the mood to jump on a bike and hit the road (although we’d recommend you try it) but there’s a...
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Our top five fizzy favourites and how to enjoy them

IN: HOW TOWINE

Now that the summer weather is here (ahem, no laughing please) it’s time to dust off the garden furniture, organise the summer parties and start thinking about which sparkling wines we’re going to enjoy this season. The fizzy stuff isn’t to everyone’s taste but at Lockett Bros we think there are few summer treats that are more refreshing than a quality sparking wine on a hot summer’s day. Thanks to the rise and rise of Prosecco over recent years, sparkling wine has never been so popular and it’s an absolute essential when things start to get a little warmer. There are a few things you need to remember when enjoying sparkling wine and Champagne. Number one on the list would be not to let the fizz spray everywhere when you pop the cork. And whatever you do, don’t spray anyone with it – accidentally or otherwise – unless you’re a victorious Formula 1 driver or you’re christening a new boat....
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