The Pip Stop

#winequestions – What Temperature Should Wine Be Served and Stored?

This is a question we get asked on a regular basis, especially with reds. In this week’s blog we’re exploring how temperature effects wine from the cellar to the glass. What difference does it make? Temperature makes a huge difference to the way a wine tastes and how well it keeps. On the storage side if wine is stored too cold for too long corks can harden, too hot and the wine will become more tannic, astringent and tangy. How should my wine be stored? Carefully is the short answer.... Read More


#winequestions – What’s the deal with Rioja?

Riojan wines are some of the most popular, and oftentimes most confusing, wines on the shelf. Between confusing the region for a grape variety and not really knowing which age statements are preferred it can be a bit of a minefield from a customer point of view if you’re not confident in what you like. In this week’s blog we’re going to be decyphering the labels a bit to help make Rioja a bit easier to understand. Where is it? The region, or rather 3 regions, which make up Rioja... Read More


Advent Calendars are back!

Yes, yes, we know. Talking about Christmas in September is ridiculous, however we’ve been getting LOADS of questions from you lovely lot about our Christmas range this year. So, withut further ado, this week’s blog focuses on our top picks of our new Christmas gifts range.


Dispelling the Myth – Anything But Chardonnay?

In every tasting we do that involves a Chardonnay it splits the room. 50% will like it, 50% won’t. What we used to do in our “Intro to Wine” tastings was to try a Chablis with people and then follow that with an oaked Australian Chardonnay. The result? Most liked the Chablis, half liked the Australian, but always half would say they didn’t like Chardonnay under any circumstances (often despite having enjoyed the Chardonnay from the Chablis region moments earlier). In this week’s blog we’re going to have a look... Read More


Our Trip to Durham Brewery #pipstopontour

In this week’s blog we thought we’d shine some light on one of our favourite suppliers, and one of the best breweries in the country, The Durham Brewery. For years we’ve been hearing great things about the tour at their site in Bowburn so we thought we’d pop down and check it out. The Brewery Durham Brewery is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary this year and in those 25 years the ethos of the business remains the same. Great beer, made properly, on site. Every batch goes from ingredients to package... Read More


How Is Rosé Made? #winequestions

Over the past four years we’ve been asked our fair share of #winequestions. Some of them very niche and specific, and some that seem to be playing on everybody’s lips. In this week’s blog we’re debunking the myths surrounding how rosé is made. Isn’t it just a red and a white mixed together? Even though this is how pink Champagne is made it’s not necessarily the case for it’s still counterparts. It sounds like the most logical idea but for a large amount of wineries in Europe it’s actually illegal.... Read More


2019’s Big Breakthrough Hops: 4 Top Additions to Watch Out For

Its a hard job trying to stay ahead of the curve where craft beers are concerned. Here at The Pip Stop we’re always trying to keep an eye on interesting new trends to bring your way. So whether you’re trying to find the next big thing or just want to try new things here are 4 up and coming hops to watch out for. El Dorado This is less a breakthrough hop and more something that is finally getting the recognition it deserves. El Dorado has been slowly building a... Read More


Top-of-the-Hops: How to Become a Brewmaster

This week’s blog comes courtesy of our guest blogger Dakota Murphey with a bit of advice for all of the budding brewers among you. Beer. Just reading the word alone is enough to make some people’s mouths salivate. It’s most men’s favourite drink, a close second behind dogs as man’s best friend, and the perfect accompaniment to sunny weather and cold winter evenings. Let’s face it, it’s one of the best inventions ever made. It’s no surprise then that the craft beer movement has been consistently growing and growing year... Read More


Who to Look For at This Summer’s Beer Festivals

Summer is here (supposedly) and that can mean only one thing, beer festivals. Lots and lots of beer festivals. Now these can be confusing. There’s dozens of stands, each with a handful of beers on, how do you choose? Well as always, we’re here to help. Here are some breweries to look out for when you’re wandering around your nearest beer festival this summer. Donzoko Brewing Company Hartlepool based Donzoko Brewing Company have made quite a splash over the course of the past 12 months. Could this be a new... Read More


A Guide to Lesser Known Grape Varietals

This week we’re here to help you with a little inspiration. We’re here to save you from yourselves, from having to stare at the same bottles over and over again. We know how it is. You get the same wines time after time because you’ve got a million and one other things to do. Well we’re guilty of it to. To make things a little easier we’ve knocked together a list of our top six. Roussanne/Marsanne For people who like: Chardonnay, Viognier. The northern Rhone valley is the home of... Read More