May 2015

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The ‘Grapetrotting’ has begun!

This month we held our first official tasting evening and we were delighted with the way it played out. Australia was the first stop on our tour around the wine world. On offer were six different Australian wines; from our full bodied MWC Shiraz to a peachy Silver Creek Viognier, as well as a touch of class in our two sparkling wines, including McGuigan’s Sparkling Shiraz. We couldn’t have an Australian evening without some Bush Tucker treats either which included some delightful Wild Boar sausages and Kanagroo meatballs! Our tasting evenings are a great... Read More


The facts behind the supposed “World Prosecco Shortage”

Shock, horror, disaster! The media is reporting a near apocalyptic shortage of Prosecco leading into the summer due to issues with this year’s grape crop. But just how big IS this supposed crisis? This week we’re going to use our blog to shed a bit of light on the situation. The Source The whole issue is emanating from an interview with Robert Cremonese, export manager for high quality Prosecco specialists Bisol, who told the drinks business that Prosecco’s wine regions have experienced a lot more rainfall, with storms hitting vineyards across the... Read More


Proper food fest is almost here!

We’re really excited to be coming along to South Shields Proper Food and Drinks Festival next weekend. We’ll have a host of delicious wines to tempt you with on the day, perfect for pairing with the goodies on offer all around the festival. The event is in Bents Park, South Shields all across the bank holiday weekend from 10am – 5pm. We’d be thrilled to have you come down and join The Pip Crew for a good old chat, and a sample of course. With dozens of local food and drinks... Read More


New Arrivals from McPherson’s Wine Company

The weather in the North East is unpredictable at best so this week we aim to bring a bit of sunshine to your table. We’re bringing Australia to you with our four new wines all the way from Victoria. Southern Australia is arguably the heart of Australia’s Wine industry, crushing almost half of the country’s growing output and Victoria is the most interesting, dynamic and varied of Australia’s wine states. These are our pick of the bunch this week, with four offerings from the McPherson Winery showing the style and... Read More


Our doors are open…and our boot!

Saturday 25th April saw our doors officially open to the public. It was fantastic to see so many people from around the local area as well as from further afield coming to support the Pip Stop on its big day. The event was made even more special for us since the owner of the former Morgan Garage, John Macdonald came along to give his seal of approval! We hope everyone enjoyed seeing our new store and sampling some of our wines. For those of you who haven’t visited us in... Read More