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


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


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


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


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


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


4 Key Points About the English Wine Renaissance

It’s local wine week this week. Here at The Pip Stop we like to keep things local when we can. In this week’s blog we’re going to be having a look back at the rise of the English Wine industry, and the reason it’s becoming a key player on the world stage. The Backstory Vineyards were originally introduced to the UK by the Romans and then cultivated by the saxons. Despite this it was the Norman invaders that really helped kick off British Viticulture. The Domesday book even recorded 40... Read More


4 Hidden Gems of Italian Wine

Italian wine is often boiled down to Prosecco, Chianti, Pinot Grigio, Asti and Moscato. This is not something we can let lie! Oh no, in this week’s blog we’re getting Dave to delve behind the scenes of Italian wine making and come out with some amazing techniques and styles. Look for the natives Italy is full of native wine varieties so you don’t need to jump on the Chardonnays and the Sauvignons. This is especially true for white wine. Although you CAN get Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and a... Read More


4 Reasons to fall in love with Pinot Noir!

It’s international Pinot Noir day tomorrow and we reckon it’s about time someone was shouting about just how good it is. With that in mind, here are our reasons why it should be in your glass right now! It doesn’t have to be red Now I know what you’re thinking. It’s a black grape, it makes a red wine. Not only does it make a red wine it’s one of the most well known red grapes in the world, sort it out Pip Stop! Oh ye of little faith! Pinot... Read More