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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Bicchi Borghesi Chianti

IN: WINE OF THE WEEK COLUMN

Frequenters to our little wine shop will know how mad we are for Italian wine, we can barely fit any more onto the shelves yet we keep discovering little gems that simply have to be brought in. In this case we needed to replace a particular wine that is being discontinued by a supplier so a simple one in one out case. Chianti is undoubtedly one of the great names of Italian wines. There are 8 zones of Chianti, of which Chianti Colli Senesi is one and it covers the vineyards around the medieval town of Siena. Tenuta Bichi Borghesi is a large estate of over 400ha but with only 20ha under vine, which provides all the grapes for their production. The family has owned and run the estate for over 400 years, and it is with the new generation that the estate has been renewed and re-invigorated. A full flavoured wine with distinctly earthy tones. Quite rich on the...
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Canicatti La Ferla Nero d’Avola

IN: CYCLINGWINE OF THE WEEK COLUMN

If you’re planning a visit to the shop any time soon then you might notice something a little strange going on. As cycling enthusiasts you may think that we’re branching out into becoming a bike shop. With a shiny new bike hanging from the ceiling you can be forgiven for thinking such a thing. Instead, we thought it would be fun to run a competition using one of our favourite little wines. Canicatti La Ferla Nero d’Avola was a fairly recent discovery and in just a few months it’s proved incredibly popular so we decided to ship a silly amount over from Sicily in order to make the competition work out. By doing this we’re able to knock 25% off the price of the wine (£10 down to £7.50) and with every purchase of this wine (also the white and Rosé) you will enter a draw to win this Giant Defy 0 2015 Road Bike worth £1000. The wine itself...
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Old World v New World wines

IN: PRODUCERS

What do you know about New World wines and Old World wines? Did you even realise that these were wine categories? The chances are, you’ve heard the terms New World and Old World when people talk about wines, no matter how elementary your wine knowledge is. But what does it actually mean? Should we care whether a wine is classed as New World or Old World and does it actually make any difference to what’s in the bottle? Those are all important questions and we’ll answer them in this blog. The categories are clearly defined and, as one would expect, are based in geography. New world wines, as you would expect, come from countries where wine production isn’t quite as engrained in the history as it would be in a Mediterranean nation, for example. These wines are now so popular and well-respected across the globe that you would be hard-pushed to find a wine drinker who does not appreciate one or two...
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