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free wine: guide to all kinds of free wines

Free wine anyone? A definitive guide to all kinds of free wines

Free wine? It seems that nowadays we can get almost all things for free  – free samples, free trial, free subscription, free classes, free diet food boxes, so why not to talk about free wine? We are to discuss not only how to get some free wine along the way, but how to buy your…

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Top UK Wine Clubs: the best wine clubs UK

6 reasons to join wine clubs in the UK and 6 top wine clubs to choose from

If you’ve never considered joining a wine club before now, now could be the right time as some of the UK’s biggest clubs have made it easier to join while offering some amazing benefits for doing so. The UK is one of the world’s most adventurous nations when it comes to trying new wines –…

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How does Virgin Voucher work: pay for wine, wine tasting experiences and gym

I am a big Virgin fan – I like how vibrant and dynamic is this brand, I also like Sire Richard Branson for championing British entrepreneurship and building so many exciting brands and companies. What is Virgin Voucher? Virgin Active, Virgin Wines, and Virgin Experience Days are the companies I have a membership in.  Recently…

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Can Japanese plum wine become a popular drink?

After several reviews on how to drink less and how to alter our dinner menu to make it less of a temptation to match it with wine it is quite fun to think that vegetarians seem to be on top of their game to drink less. How about people who love to entertain and host…

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10 easy tips how to drink well but less

It is definitely not a guide from drinkaware.co.uk (which is actually quite a set of rules and guidelines for the ones who want to know more about alcohol and its influence on human body), it is also not a confession of an alcoholic (there are AA meetings for that), but simply a set of simple…

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How not to order wine online or screwed-up wine delivery

‘It has been a dozen of calls from a wine company and a delivery company, I feel totally exhausted and at the point of just wanting my money back.’ Or ‘it has been a few weeks of ‘missed’ deliveries, when noone even bothered to inform me when my case of wine would be delivered and…

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Buy organic wine: Flavour of Spain’s market stall

It is sunny outside and my friends and I are a bit peckish for some street food and a glass of wine. Where should we go? Right, straight to Southbank’s street food market, which is easily accessible from South West London via South West Trains, but also from many parts of London served by Bakerloo,…

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Vinoa Rugby themed wine tasting box

Have you tried this Rugby themed Vinoa box yet?

Following my previous review about Vinoa, I have received a second box recently and eager to share my review with you. Of no surprise they have dedicated it to the current Rugby World Cup. There are four 50 ml taster samples coming from England, South Africa, New Zealand and France and I am so eager…

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Using exercise to compensate for wine drinking?

I remember telling my friends that yes I drink a lot of wine, but I compensate it by training hard and getting rid of the toxins in the gym. I have had an agreement with myself, which as you can see involves working out and allowing myself to drink wine  – a daily limit for…

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Losing it with wine units, abv and calories?

There is an on-going current debate whether wine producers should put the amount of calories on the label. This discussion has a lot of controversy about it: who will certify those calories, how to compare it with other foods and whether we are better to stick with units. Let’s get to the bottom of units,…

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Bottle Apostle: unacceptable online service

As part of my ‘Buy Organic Wine’ regular reviews, I buy and taste wines from both supermarkets, big wine chains and independent stores. My WSET (Wine and Spirits Education Trust) certification allows me to judge the wines according to the rating system and also provide you guys with the rather subjective experience how it is…

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About Unmet Expectations

It has been a long time since I have been thinking about how your expectations influence your perception of a particular wine. Is it obvious that when it is cold we look for more full bodied and comforting reds or naked whites, but when it is finally warm we turn to crisp rose wines and refreshing…

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What’s the best thing to do when you feel the summer’s over?

It is not yet September and you feel like it is autumn already. This year is not generous on a prolonged summer days, but as it is still relatively warm, there is no excuse not to go out, have some al-fresco dinners or a simple picnic and enjoy ourselves. I was thinking of tasting three…

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Are amphorae getting a comeback to winemaking?

It has ben a bit weird as I bumped into the topic of maturing wine in the old amphorae quite a few times recently. First of all, it is close to my heart as I grew up near an ancient Greek city of Khersonessus (its ruins are located in Crimea, Ukraine) and its museum contains…

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New organic wines 2015

How would one know which organic wines are new? Apart from meticulously checking all retail outlets, inlcuding online ones, (if that even possible!) you can visit a trade show like London Wine Fair and check out these new bottles which were imported to the UK recently or simply seeking their entrance to the lucrative UK…

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