Archive

2015

22/11/2015
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Have an award-winning Christmas with The Pip Stop

Christmas is just around the corner and we’ve got some top of the line gifts ready-made for the wine, gin, whiskey and beer lovers in your life. Wine We’ve got a staggering range of award winning wines from across the globe, and a variety of gift sets ready and waiting for you to customise and purchase right here in store. Most recently our MWC Shiraz Mourvedre has just won a silver award at the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC), as has our McPhersons Chapter 3 Shiraz, Nyetimber Classic Cuvee,... Read More

25/10/2015
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Get spooky this Halloween with our Bats Blood Merlot!

As Halloween peeks it’s head around the corner we’ve got a ghoulishly special offer for you, knocking 20% off our Bats Blood Merlot until November 2nd. Grown and bottled in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, “The Master’s Choice” is as smooth as velvet in the mouth with a moreish quality. Made by the Chief winemaker of Casella, famed for Yellowtail Wines, and his wife at the end of the Australian wine season there is a definite pedigree for top quality winemaking in this Transylvanian estate. Packed full of dark fruit flavours,... Read More

27/09/2015
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WunderBEER! Our guide to Oktoberfest.

The eagle eyed among you will have noticed our nice little selection of specialist Oktoberfest beers. Naturally we’ve been getting questions about these tasty new additions so this week, we’re going to use the blog to answer the most frequently asked. What IS Oktoberfest? Oktoberfest, confusingly held in September, is the world’s biggest public festival, dating back to the early 1800’s. It’s steeped in tradition, from the location in Bavaria where it is still held to this day, right down to the costumes and, of course, the beer. The festival began... Read More

12/09/2015
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Let’s Celebrate Australia!

This month we’re celebrating all things Australian, offering a huge 15% discount on our all Australian wines! So which one will it be? We’ve put together some our Aussie favourites to help you decide! Chapter 3 Cabernet Sauvignon With big-hitting aromas of blackcurrant and blackberries followed up with subtle oak and a tickle of sweet mint, there is intensity and interest in every glass. Perfectly balanced with a firm tannin structure, this Cab is smooth and supple. Food Pairing: Beef Cheese Pairing: Wensleydale Moonstruck Shiraz Our favourites list wouldn’t be complete without a... Read More

23/08/2015

Craft Beer Explained

The recent surge in craft beer across the UK has left us giddy with happiness, gleefully bounding from bar to bar in search of new favourites. Here at the Pip Stop we boast a range of over 80 local and international beers, with more new brews arriving every month! Sometimes though, the terminology can get a bit confusing so we’ve created this handy guide for those of us who struggle to tell between the Porters and the Pilsners. What the hell IS craft beer? Craft beer is the term we give to beer... Read More

02/08/2015
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Mamma Mia: You’ve been going mad for our Italy tasting!

Our next tasting evening is just around the corner with our regular grape-trotting adventure taking us to Italy on the 20th and 27th of August and a THIRD date announced for September 3rd. Spaces are filling up fast with both August dates already sold out, so if you fancy treating your taste-buds book your tickets for the 3rd September now. Join us for an evening in our quirky, garage-themed, wine wonderland from 6pm to learn a bit more about what makes Italian wine tick. From Prosecco to Pinot Grigio, Chianti to... Read More

19/07/2015

Is Ohau the new Marlborough?

New Zealand may not produce as much wine as other countries and regions (in 2010 they had less vineyard space than Bordeaux despite being at over 5 times the size) but that hasn’t stopped New Zealand creating a classic from it’s southern island, the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. What’s so special about Marlborough? As with every wine, the final product is influenced by climate, soil types, nutrients and rainfall, as well as the areas wine-making techniques. In the case of Marlborough the temperature varies widely from day and night, allowing the grapes to... Read More

12/07/2015
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Personalised Wines Now Available!!

We’ve been gearing up for this one for a long time and now they’re finally here! Our personalised label service is ready and waiting for you for any special occasion. Need a gift that says that little bit extra? How about a thank you for a bridesmaid or best man? Our labels are fit for your every need, and with more designs and ideas on the way, you’re bound to find the perfect match. At just £8.99 for every personalised bottle how can you say no? Getting your wine personalised... Read More

07/07/2015

Is My Wine Vegan?

Summertime is here, and with it comes swathes of food and drinks festivals around the country. Last weekend the Pip Crew payed a visit to Newcastle Vegan Festival, our third vegan food fair of the summer. Once again we were met by amazement and the usual question…. I thought wine was made from grapes! How come it’s not all vegan? Wine IS made from grapes, what decides whether it’s vegan, vegetarian or not is the fining process. Fining is what winemakers do to filter out the impurities in the wine which... Read More

28/06/2015
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Wine Matching: How to get the best wine for your meal

It’s that time of the year again when spontaneous barbecues are imminent. You want to impress your guests but you’re struggling to decide just which wines to choose! Here at the pip stop we’ve got you covered. As well as having our staff on hand to help you create the ideal wine list when in store, we’ve also designed these handy gizmos for you to take home! As well as creating our decoders for you, here are 5 tips to make sure that your wine and food don’t clash. 5... Read More