Our greens and pleasant land

  Last week Fine Wines Direct UK hosted a golf day at the fabulous Vale Resort, Hensol, on the Wales National course in the glorious September sunshine. As is fitting for all ‘athletic’ events the day started with a hefty bacon roll and a cuppa. After registration with senior club pro Keith, the guests were …

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Wine for Beginners: An Introductory Guide to the World of Wine

    Welcome to the world of wine! Do you love the taste of wine, but don’t know where to start in the world of wine when it comes to learning about it? You’re not alone! Many people are intimidated by wine because they feel like they don’t know enough about it. In this blog …

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Here to steer you to safe wine waters

At the helm of our wine shop stands the wine colossus Jonathan Tew. His quiet, measured advice comes from over 15 years in the wine trade including stints in some Michelin-starred establishments. An Oxford man – born and bred – he is happy to navigate you toward a lovely bottle for you to enjoy or …

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Roda tasting – A thoroughly modern Rioja

When a great opportunity arises you should grab it with both hands and the upcoming Rioja tasting featuring Bodegas Roda is such an event. This relatively newcomer – established in 1987 – continues to the push the boundaries around ‘new style’ Rioja wines. There are just four in the range – all red – and …

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Stand and deliver

When you put your order in, whether it’s over the phone or via that there interweb thing, do you ever wonder of how the wine, beer and other paraphernalia gets to you? The process is swift, methodical and surgical-like in its precision. The order is printed out and then handed to the bonded warehouse where …

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Our personal guide to Rioja

Rioja (Ree-ock-a) has deservedly the greatest reputation of all Spanish wines. It is not so long ago that the British consumer was offered little more than Spanish Burgundy, Spanish Chablis and Spanish Champagne. Since the restoration of the monarchy and Spain’s joining the Common Market, there has been a great renaissance in the country’s production …

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Where to store wine at home (if you don’t have a wine cellar!)

One of the few good things to have come out of the pandemic is that mail order sales of wine have increased considerably. Normally this will mean that you end up buying wine by the case and need somewhere to store it. It wasn’t so long ago that some research was carried out in the …

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