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Our Top 5 Wines To Impress for Under £10

Lets be honest. Financially, the start of the year can always be a bit tight. That doesn’t mean you can’t drink great wine, however. In this week’s blog (and the first of 2020…oops) we’re giving a shout out to our top 5 wines for under a tenner. Now we know wat you’re thinking, you can get good wine anywhere for under £10 what on earth are you talking about? We’re not talking good wine here, we’re talking GREAT wine. Wines that will have you coming back again and again and... Read More

#Winequestions: What is the best way to store wine?

So Christmas has been and gone and some very lovely people have decided to gift you a really nice bottle of wine. Smashing! The thing is, storing wine isn’t all that simple. Sure the wine rack in the kitchen is ok for something bought on thursday to drink at the weekend but not for anything long term. This week we’ve teamed up with Elite Wine Refrigeration to discuss the issues raised around wine storage. As consumers we know a lot about how to drink wine but when it comes to... Read More


What are the best wines for Christmas day?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. A time where food and family take centre stage, and we’re no different here at The Pip Stop. We’ve done blogs around food and wine matching in the past to try and put you on the right track but this is different. We’ve taken the most popular recipes from BBC Good Food for Christmas starters, mains and desserts and paired them with our pick of the bunch. So, without further ado, lets get cracking! Starters Smoked salmon with prawns, horseradish cream &... Read More


Top New Zealand Wines That Aren’t Sauvignon Blanc

New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs are by far and away our best-selling wines. In fact the Waka Taua and Waverider Sauvignons alone make up 3% of our turnover. Why is New Zealand Sauvignon so good? New Zealand only really came onto the world wine scene in the 1970’s. Since then it’s trademark expressions of Sauvignon Blanc have taken the world by storm. With being so young, New Zealand’s winemaking has championed modern techniques. This means that kiwi wines are often characterised by how fresh and bright they are, with a really... Read More


What’s What In The World Of Port?

Port is a point of confusion for many. With a whole host of different varieties and flavour profiles it can be a lot to take in. In this week’s blog we’re going to delve into the world of Port and try and make sense of it all. Strap in, it’s a long one. What is Port? Port is a fortified Portuguese wine, made by cutting the fermentation process short by adding grape brandy. This gives the wine it’s signiature alcohol content while maintaining a sweet flavour profile. Surprisingly enough Port... Read More

#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