September 14, 2016

The Best White Wines For Autumn

white wines to drink instead of red wine in autumn

Spicy, subtle fruit and silky acidity is exactly what you need for Autumn drinking. So what wine should you be choosing? But you don't have to stick to red wine. A lot of the best qualities found in spicier reds can be found in some tasty white wines. You just have...
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September 8, 2016

Damian Barr’s Fourth #NovelPairing


September is back to school month so we’ve chosen a classic campus novel, Donna Tartt’s ground-breaking and much-imitated debut. it follows an elite group of eccentric students as they descend into murderous madness fuelled by Greek mythology.  Helping me choose our #NovelPairing are Rebecca Palmer from Corney & Barrow and...
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September 7, 2016

The One Scientific Way To Get Better At Wine Tasting


Have you ever wondered why you couldn’t taste what was in the tasting note? Wine buyers’ and journalists’ expertise in finding nuances in wine can seem unattainable. Tasting notes aren’t just dreamed up but that doesn’t stop many appearing impenetrable. The language of wine doesn’t necessarily instantly match everyone’s experiences. There...
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September 1, 2016

A Bluffer’s Guide To Drinking In The Eighteenth Century

Cellars in Ayr

September 2016 marks the 250th year since the cellars were dug at our shop in Ayr. Part of our celebrations include historical reconstructions and tastings. So here's your guide to eighteenth century etiquette. It was a turbulent time when the cellars were dug at 8 Acadamy Street. Secret societies with different...
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August 23, 2016

The 6 Best Books For Wine Lovers


We've been experimenting with book and bottle pairings with Damian Barr and it's been so much fun to bring the novels to life with a well-matched wine. But what about books about wine? These ones are the kind you can read to increase your knowledge on the subject and probably...
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August 12, 2016

Damian Barr’s Third #NovelPairing

Getting to grips with the wine

August is the perfect month for a sultry party. Few people throw a better party than Jay Gatsby. For August’s A Book And A Bottle I’ve popped the champagne, put on my tuxedo and got in a whirl with The Great Gatsby. Helping me choose our #NovelPairing are James Franklin...
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August 11, 2016

Our Own Label Saint-Emilion

We treated our twitter followers to a live tasting of our Saint-Emilion. It's such a delicious wine and perfect for matching with meat. Take a look for yourself! Who makes your favourite Saint-Emilion?...
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August 3, 2016

This Is Why 2016 Is So Important for Cakebread

#cabernetsauvignon grapes showing signs of #veraison. #napaharvest2016 will be here soon! A photo posted by Cakebread Cellars (@cakebreadcellars) on Jul 15, 2016 at 1:12pm PDT It’s a doubly special vintage this year for Cakebread Cellars. One of the earliest harvests in recent times is made all the more remarkable because it’s winemaker,...
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July 28, 2016

6 Wines For Summer


How do you choose which wine to drink over summer? Sure, you could spend all day coming up with a perfect menu and planning what you're going to eat and match the flavours to your wine. Or you could take a look at your phone, check the weather and use...
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July 19, 2016

Cantina Giacomo Conterno: The Real Deal

Demijohns at Conterno

In 1908, Giovanni Conterno started making wine unlike anyone else around. He saw past the carts of demijohns drunk early without much care. He reckoned that a longer fermentation and barrel ageing would suit the grapes better than the early drinking wine that flowed from the area. The Beginning of Conterno It was...
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