Tag: Exploring & Tasting Wine

What makes a great vintage?

The 2015 vintage has been praised far and wide – producing remarkable wines from Germany to Burgundy, but what has made it a good year? What makes any vintage better than another? In an extract from our introductory book, Exploring & Tasting Wine, Mark Pardoe MW explains Sometimes Bordeaux is even busier than usual for […]

How to open Champagne

With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, this extract from our introductory wine book tells you how to pop corks like a pro (and without losing half the bottle) Standing on the Winner’s Podium, the triumphant athlete shakes the Champagne bottle and releases a fountain of fizz… This image of celebration (or shocking waste, if […]

Hot and cold: the right temperature to serve wine

If you’ve ever been served a luke-warm glass of Merlot, or fine white Burgundy with an icy chill, you know that having a great wine doesn’t necessarily mean people drink one. This quick guide from our introductory wine book Exploring & Tasting Wine tells you which wines to serve at what temperature Most people do not use […]

How to choose wine for your cellar

While our team is always ready to advise on building a wine cellar, this extract from our Wine School’s introductory book – Exploring & Tasting Wine – explains which wines are worth laying down, and why. WHICH WINES ARE SUITABLE FOR CELLARING? The majority of wines produced today are made to be drunk immediately and […]