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BYO: The best way to eat out and enjoy great wine in London

Anybody fancy eating out on a Monday or Tuesday and bringing their own bottle of wine? To some this is a very strange proposition, after all this is the beginning of the week and you may still be feeling the effects of Saturday night, but to people in the know, this may just be one of the best nights to go to out for dinner in London. Here’s why; Restaurants that are open on a Monday or Tuesday are much less likely to be busy, so you’ll probably get better service since staff won’t be so stressed. There are no big party plans for after dinner, so you’re still likely to get an early night and start the next day...

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Surrender the Summer and embrace Grenache

If the weather this week is anything to go by, we can safely say that Autumn is well and truly here, which actually excites us because it provides our cue for embracing some other styles of wine. Enter Grenache, the grape behind some of the most legendary wines from the Rhône, Northern Spain and California. Grenache-based wines are ideal for Autumn; forming the perfect bridge between fruitier summer reds and the heavier, supercharged styles that we largely save for winter. And of course, if you are not ready to fully relinquish that Summer feel, then all you have to do is serve the wine slightly chilled.   Here are some of our favourite Grenache-led wines available today from our stores in London. Cote du Roussillon Rouge 2014, Domaine Paul Meunier £36.50 Winemakers Lucile and Paul Meunier hail from Burgundy and considering this...

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September is Natural Wine Month

What is Natural wine? Is it organic, biodynamic or is it about sustainability? Well, it's about all those things really, depending on where you are in the world. As Madeline Puckett from Wine Folly puts it; "think of it as wine unplugged", we like this definition because it encapsulates winemaking without the use of additives, addition of sulphites or any other manipulation which is exactly what Natural wines are.  We have tasted many Natural wines and have had some delicious clean and fresh examples but we've also had some absolute shockers, so there is some navigation needed.  Here are some of our favourite styles; Pétillant Naturel (Pet-Nat) The oldest sparkling wine method in the world where the wine finishes fermenting...

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Burgers and Wine

We’ve been permanently positioned in the garden this long, hot summer, and the barbecue has become our new best friend. In honour of national burger day — because burgers on the barbie, or anywhere for that matter, never get old — we came up with some wine styles that work wonders with your bun.   Image credit: Kyle Mills The all American Say cheese. The all American burger is the big daddy of the burger world — melted cheese (don’t ask where it comes from), a patty (we suggest 2), pickles, relish, mustard — the whole shebang. It needs something a little, forgive the pun, beefy, to match up to it, but with a little helping hand to cut through...

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