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An old post that is still relevant: a wolf in sheep’s clothing – wine based drinks - November 9, 2015

Feb 2015 - We screw open the cap on this misleading drink. wotwine? was started because we wanted to give some transparency to the process of buying supermarket wine, unearth some hidden gems and give some power back to the consumer. Recently, we unearthed an interesting product which caused quite a...

Santa has come early; the wotwine? guide to snapping up the bargains in the pre-Christmas sales - November 5, 2015

Hang on to your hat and grab your credit card because there are some great pre-Christmas discounts on offer (sorry, yes, I did just mention the C word but as we have been reminded there are just 7 Mondays left to go!).  In the run up to the big day,...

The first in our supermarket buyer interview series. Aldi wine buyer Mike James talks to Wotwine? and reveals the key to their success. - November 5, 2015

  Aldi and Lidl have lit a firecracker under the bottoms of the major UK supermarkets prompting a retail revolution and forcing them to dramatically re-evaluate how they do business. Wotwine? talks to Mike James, wine buyer at Aldi about the journey that has brought them such success, and their plans...

It’s not a trick, it’s one hell of a vinous treat - October 29, 2015

In true Halloween style we could tell you about some of the horrifyingly bad wines we’ve tasted on your behalf; the wines that smell and taste like boiled cabbage, the wines that are so astringent and bitter your tongue puckers and you can feel the enamel dissolving on your teeth,...

French wines weave their magic; northern hemisphere wines have succeeded where their rugby counterparts have failed - October 20, 2015

It is not always the way, but there were three stand out wines at our tastings this week, and it was France leading the quality drive.  Poetic justice for a poor northern hemisphere rugby showing perhaps? I am sure you have heard us harp on about bulk, over priced Sauvignon Blanc...

Every dark cloud has a red wine lining; great value wines to help ease you into Autumn - October 8, 2015

And just like that it is Autumn.  The season to discover that there is a hole in the sole of your shoe as your sock swiftly dampens and the seemingly daily indignity of being drenched by the passing bus.  There is however, a silver lining to the rather abrupt change in...

Finding the coal seam; great wines unearthed - October 5, 2015

Sometimes you dig and dig and dig and all you get to show for your efforts are blistered hands and a sweaty forehead.  The wotwine? tasting team have days like that.  Long, laborious days of mediocre, uninspiring wines.  However this week we hit the coal seam; amid the dirt we...

What does your car say about your taste in wine? - September 24, 2015

The car you drive speaks volumes about your personality.  A cocktail of lifestyle marketing and the realities of budget draw us towards a certain car, but more importantly, what does your choice of car say about your wine choices? The Peugeot 206 with obligatory dents.  This is not a car of...

The Rugby World Cup through the eyes of a wine lover. - September 17, 2015

Tomorrow sees the kick off of the Rugby World Cup.  Every man has his position and his part to play on the field, with each position requiring a different temperament and a different physique.  Like a hand selected mixed case of wine, each man has been deliberately picked for his...

I gotta feeling - September 10, 2015

Wines that stir the emotions. Wine resides in that mysterious place where art and science meet.  Like art, music, cooking or poetry, wine should illicit an unbidden emotional response, like art it is open to individual interpretation and like art it does not require an in depth knowledge of style, technique...