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

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Trick Or Treat! Our Top 5 Spooky Halloween Products

Halloween is the time where we like to have a little fun, with parties and practical jokes galore. We’re no different here at The Pip Stop which is why we’ve put together this list of our top five spooky products to get your Halloween party going in style. TRICK – Durham Brewery Hellfire – £4.49 Definitely a winter warmer. The deliciously bold flavours of Durham Brewery’s Russian Stout colliding with Naga and Mullato chilli for a cacophony of bite. It pours a luxurious black with heady aromas of coffee, before making way for treacle... Read More

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Meet The Winemaker: Painted Wolf Winery

We’ve got an absolutely amazing opportunity this week to meet the winemaker from one of South Africa’s best wineries. Thursday 14th July will see us play host to the head winemaker from Painted Wolf Winery for what could be our best tasting to date. As well as learning about the world of wine in general you will have the opportunity to get an insight into what makes these wines so special. Not only that, but there may even be a gem or two from the winery’s cellar to sample as... Read More


Book now for our first Whisky Tasting!

You’ve been asking for months and we’re happy to announce our very first whisky tasting, hoorah! For just £15 you can join us in store on May 19th to expand your horizons or hone your palate. Not only that but we’ll have matched nibbles and a healthy 10% off any purchases on the night. We’re going to be exploring the world of whiskey, from Scotland to the far east, and getting into what turns the humble grain into the aromatic firewater we know and love. Our range of whiskies in store has gone from... Read More

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6 Flippin’ Great Drinks To Match With Pancakes

Shrove Tuesday or, as it’s known here at The Pip Stop, Pancake Day is here and it got us thinking, what could you drink with your evening treats? We’ve been racking our brains and here are our 6 choice tipples (along with a couple of recipe tips) to give February’s greatest holiday a bit of oomph. 1: Pancakes With Nutella and Chocolate Stout A favourite of chocolate lovers worldwide this is a perfect match for a deep and luscious chocolate based stout. The depth of flavour in the beer won’t be... Read More

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Triple Points This February, A Thank You from The Pip Stop

It’s been a whirlwind 12 months for us at The Pip Stop which has seen our custom renovation transform Maiden Law’s famous Morgan garage into a modern wine and beer drinkers paradise. We want to thank everyone who made this possible, particularly our beloved Pip Crew. You Pretty Important People have shown us unbelievable support and as a thank you we’re offering triple points on all purchases in store through February, that’s a whole 29 days of bonus points, and we all know what points make. For those of you... Read More


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

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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


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

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Wedding Wine – The perfect partner deserves the perfect wine.

I have only recently took the leap to marriage by asking my partners hand in marriage. In most peoples eyes this would be a fairy tail situation where all your dreams come true. Now with this in part being correct, the wedding planning, organisation and money issues do seem to drown out some of that ‘cloud 9’ feeling. However, lets not be negative. This is an exciting time for everyone involved and should be an enjoyable experience for both parties. We at The Pip Stop feel a fun and stress free... Read More