Category

Wines

09/09/2019

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

06/08/2019

How Is Rosé Made? #winequestions

Over the past four years we’ve been asked our fair share of #winequestions. Some of them very niche and specific, and some that seem to be playing on everybody’s lips. In this week’s blog we’re debunking the myths surrounding how rosé is made. Isn’t it just a red and a white mixed together? Even though this is how pink Champagne is made it’s not necessarily the case for it’s still counterparts. It sounds like the most logical idea but for a large amount of wineries in Europe it’s actually illegal.... Read More

14/06/2019

A Guide to Lesser Known Grape Varietals

This week we’re here to help you with a little inspiration. We’re here to save you from yourselves, from having to stare at the same bottles over and over again. We know how it is. You get the same wines time after time because you’ve got a million and one other things to do. Well we’re guilty of it to. To make things a little easier we’ve knocked together a list of our top six. Roussanne/Marsanne For people who like: Chardonnay, Viognier. The northern Rhone valley is the home of... Read More

30/05/2019
,

Howzat! It’s A Six From Sir Ian Botham

One of the greatest cricketers in the history of the game, Sir Ian Botham, has now turned his attention to the wine industry. Choosing specially selected parcels of grapes from his favourite wine regions, Sir Ian has created these amazing ranges. The All-Rounder Range Named for Sir Ian’s skill as both a bowler and batsman, the all rounder range is just that, an all rounder. The price? Normally £8.49, but down to £6.99 for the duration of the Cricket World Cup. The All Rounder Pinot Grigio Our opening batsman is... Read More

24/04/2019

Celebrating Sauvignon Blanc

It’s International Sauvignon Blanc day today, hurrah! To celebrate we’re having an in depth look at what makes it so popular. What is Sauvignon Blanc? The name Sauvignon Blanc roughly translates to “Wild White” with origins in the South of France. It’s one of the most widely planted varieties in the world. Because of this, it has a wide range of styles and flavours depending on where it’s planted. Old world styles, such as those in France, will normally be more restrained and grassy. The flip side of this is... Read More

11/04/2019

Historic Vintage Bollinger and Veuve Cliquot

Anyone who’s ever worked in retail or warehousing will tell you that stock take is a pain. No-one enjoys it and it rarely goes to plan. What we never expected when we did ours was to stumble across some old vintage champagne, and not just the odd bottle either. Six whole cases of classic Bollinger La Grande Annee vintages, all in their original condition (albeit a bit dusty) and a few cases of Veuve Clicquot Vintage fizz too. So in this week’s blog we’re going to have a little breakdown... Read More

05/04/2019

What is Cremant and why you should care in 2019

Cremant (or Crémant for the accent lovers) looks to be muscling in on Champagne’s territory in a big way. As the price of France’s most famous fizz goes up, bubbly lovers around the country are looking to Crémant as an affordable and tasty alternative. What is Crémant? In simple terms, Crémant is a sparkling wine made in France. Traditionally Crémant (cray-mont) denoted a gentler bubble, however now this isn’t necessarily the case. It uses the traditional method of creating champagne, while not actually being made in the Champagne region. Because... Read More

22/03/2019

Breaking Down Wine Pricing

In this week’s blog we’re looking into why your wine costs what it does. Most importantly, where are you going to get the best value for your money. Here at The Pip Stop we love wine. It goes without saying, it’s the business we’re in! We also, however, want to make sure that we (and you) get good wine at a fair price. The important thing? Knowing where your money is going. Breaking Down The Price As you can see in this chart, logistics, packaging and excise duty make up... Read More

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