The Pip Stop

How long does wine last? 10/02/2019

Our Pick of the Fizz for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner we’ve put together a list of our favourite fizzes to please any palate. Abbazia Extra Dry Prosecco A bestseller and an award winner, the Abbazia Extra Dry has been the star of the show here at The Pip Stop since we opened. At £9.99 it’s a really good, affordable option. The intense mousse gives this prosecco a really full mouthfeel. As the delicate aromas drift from the glass, flavours of apple and pear linger on the tongue. Dopff & Irion Crémant D’Alsace Crémant... Read More

30/01/2019

Top 6 Vegan Wines: Beyond Veganuary

If you managed to complete Veganuary this year then congratulations! For those of you wanting to carry the trend into the rest of the year, we’ve got some wine suggestions! Wine is often fined with something called isinglass, which is an enzyme taken from fish intestines, or sometimes using eggs or milk. Vegan wines, however are fined using other things, such as carbon, to achieve the same result while remaining free of animal products. We stock dozens of vegan wines here at The Pip Stop and we’ve drawn up a... Read More

17/01/2019
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Est. 2019: Happy New Beer!

This year marks the birth of our brand new (as yet unnamed) brewery. With multiple contest winning Head Brewer Alex Redpath at the helm, we are in the process of creating and developing all kinds of delicious new recipes for your drinking pleasure. We are expecting delivery of our enormous 20BBL (3000L!) brewhouse in July. Coupled with a new canning line and some snazzy decor, we’re aiming to open our brewery and taproom in the autumn. While the fruits of our labour aren’t in cans just yet, you CAN try... Read More

14/11/2018

5 Hanging Wine Glass Racks That Will Look Good In Any Kitchen

This article was originally published at www.ilovewine.com. Every good scout knows that it’s important to always be prepared. Here at The Pip Stop we think the same principles should be applied to wine. Getting the right glassware is really important. Do it right, and you get the best out of the aromas and flavours of your wine. You always want to know how many glasses you have at your disposal, as well as their shape and size. We can’t all have a dedicated wine cellar so we have to make do... Read More

6 Spooky Cocktails To Get In The ‘Spirit’ This Halloween

Halloween is a great excuse to have a night on the tiles or a fun party with friends. While it’s still not as popular in the UK as it is in the US, Dave gets excited every year. This year we’ve let him loose with some cocktail recommendations to keep you in the spirit of the season. Blood Orange Sangria This recipe is incredible and a known crowd pleaser. You can make it the night before and in bulk so there’s no need for long mixology sessions every time you... Read More

10/10/2018

4 Key Points About the English Wine Renaissance

It’s local wine week this week. Here at The Pip Stop we like to keep things local when we can. In this week’s blog we’re going to be having a look back at the rise of the English Wine industry, and the reason it’s becoming a key player on the world stage. The Backstory Vineyards were originally introduced to the UK by the Romans and then cultivated by the saxons. Despite this it was the Norman invaders that really helped kick off British Viticulture. The Domesday book even recorded 40... Read More

07/09/2018

4 Hidden Gems of Italian Wine

Italian wine is often boiled down to Prosecco, Chianti, Pinot Grigio, Asti and Moscato. This is not something we can let lie! Oh no, in this week’s blog we’re getting Dave to delve behind the scenes of Italian wine making and come out with some amazing techniques and styles. Look for the natives Italy is full of native wine varieties so you don’t need to jump on the Chardonnays and the Sauvignons. This is especially true for white wine. Although you CAN get Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and a... Read More

Packaging Craft Beer: Is Bottling Best, or are Cans the Future?

When the craft beer scene first crept onto the UK bar scene, drinkers had once choice: to enjoy on draft or to pick something else. Slowly but surely, pub fridges and supermarket shelves became stacked with craft varieties, and now you can find bottles emblazoned with bright labels and quirky branding everywhere. You may have noticed recent changes in the tide though, as those ubiquitous brown bottles are slowly being replaced by a sleek, silver alternative. Once the territory of bland lagers from big beer brands, it seems that many... Read More

18/08/2018

4 Reasons to fall in love with Pinot Noir!

It’s international Pinot Noir day tomorrow and we reckon it’s about time someone was shouting about just how good it is. With that in mind, here are our reasons why it should be in your glass right now! It doesn’t have to be red Now I know what you’re thinking. It’s a black grape, it makes a red wine. Not only does it make a red wine it’s one of the most well known red grapes in the world, sort it out Pip Stop! Oh ye of little faith! Pinot... Read More

04/08/2018

A history of beer: 5 steps of brewing evolution

We love a beer. Actually that’s not true, we love several beers (while still being drinkaware of course). As today is International Beer Day we thought we’d take a look at what we like to think of as the 5 ages of beer. In the beginning…. So far as we can tell brewing originated back in Lower Mesopotamia in the 5th millenia BCE. The soil here was great for wild grains which the settlers gathered for food, and then beer. The beer element seems to have came along by accident, as... Read More