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What it means to be British - September 3, 2015

What it means to be British: Lazy Sunday roasts with great value wine. The cornerstone of every great British weekend is of course the Sunday roast.   Feuding families are brought together by it, potential girlfriends are judged on their suitability according to it and satisfaction is guaranteed after it.  So this...

What does ‘good value’ actually mean? - August 27, 2015

The art of knowing when you are on to a good thing. Good value to us is very simply a price that matches the quality of the wine.  All too often the wotwine team are shocked at the disparity between the quality of the wine in our glass and the inexplicably...

Mutton dressed as lamb - August 20, 2015

The farce of back label marketing. Wine tasting is your personal interpretation of a wine coloured by your experiences of everyday tastes and smells.  A wine taster improves by building up a library of aromas which they can then refer to when tasting and draw parallels to what is in the...

What a cork up - August 12, 2015

The great screw cap vs cork debate. Now we know this is a bit of a touchy subject. People love cork. The romance, the history, the aesthetics are all working in its favour. But what about the unmentionable, a word we only dare whisper; cork taint?  It is a demon that has terrorised innocent bottles of wine...

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...