Blog & Newsletters

What is in a blend? - August 6, 2015

A wine by any other name would taste as sweet' (apologies Mr. Shakespeare). It has been suggested to me that a blend is not as good as a single variety wine, that, perhaps some unscrupulous winemakers are blending together the dregs of what was left at the winery and pawning it...

A flaming good deal - July 30, 2015

Great value wines that can transform you from a sausage burner to a BBQ legend. There is one time honoured tradition which, come wind, rain or, less likely, shine must be adhered to:  the summer BBQ.  Now admittedly this is a ritual usually performed huddled under an umbrella, and BBQ talents...

The Triumphant 10 - July 23, 2015

The Wotwine? quarterly top 10 wines under £10 With the summer parties in full flow and endless sunny (ish) evenings to relax with friends and family,  what better time to have a quick recap on the best value wines from the last 4 months so you can stock up your cellar...

Life Beyond Sauvignon Blanc - July 16, 2015

Exciting new wines that can provide the same thrill. Right folks, don your safari jackets, it’s time to take an adventure into the unknown.  We all have our ‘old faithful’ wine favourites which we steer towards at the supermarket.  It’s a wine you know you like at a price you are...

Deal or no deal? - July 9, 2015

Uncovering true value on the shelves. This is not as easy as it sounds!  Sadly the powers that be have cottoned on to the fact that we all love a good deal.  Was £12 now £6? Winner!  Load me up and we’re away.  Sound familiar?  It is the big brands that...

Are supermarkets the ‘Tinder’ of wine buying? - July 2, 2015

Judging wine on more than just their label. It is widely joked that Tinder is the ‘hook up’ site of the online dating world; you get to see a picture of your potential amour, a name and their distance from your immediate location followed by a snap decision – hook up...

It’s a question of pride! - June 25, 2015

Finding great value wines worthy of a celebration. This Saturday the streets of London are giving themselves over to the fabulous Pride festival.  It is a celebration of diversity, of equality, of acceptance and a bold challenge to any residual prejudice.  Now you might not be LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender...

The good, the bad and the criminal. - June 18, 2015

Finding value on the bottom shelf. The bottom shelves of the supermarkets have become akin to the dark back alleys in an unsavoury part of town.  A few upstanding, honest wines find themselves lost there, but in general it is full of crooks and conmen masquerading as something they are not;...

Posh Wine - June 11, 2015

Posh Wine. wot's it all about Alfie? Most of us operate under the assumption that the more money a wine costs, the better it is.  Even more so if it is from a posh region such as Chablis, Sancerre, Burgundy or Bordeaux where the history and reputation of the region gives...

wotwine? Deal Alert! - June 4, 2015

25% off at Waitrose until 9th June 2015 We all love a deal, so let's make hay while the sun shines and snap up some cracking bargains at Waitrose this week as they have their flash 25% off sale.  We've highlighted our favourites that offer fantastic value for money so find the perfect wine...