Hurray! It’s World Wine Day!

In this week’s blog we’re celebrating world wine day. We are, first and foremost, a wine store. We pride ourselves on our range and expertise across the world of alcohol but wine is where this adventure began. This week we’re going to see what makes our staff tick when it comes to wine, and find out their favourites. Ben Cleary – Cloudy Bay Te Koko My favourite is based on pure wow factor. It blew my mind when I tried it. I’d never seen people oaking a Sauvignon Blanc. I... Read More


Three Cheers For Malbec! It’s World Malbec Day

In this week’s blog we’re celebrating World Malbec Day. As part of our month of offers and tastings for World Malbec Month we talk to our GM Ben Cleary about why Malbec is so popular. Why do you think Malbec is so popular? I think it’s down to two things really. Firstly, prices on Malbec were excellent and you were getting a great quality wine at a strong price. Unfortunately, this is changing this year with bulk prices almost doubling so it’s likely we will see a rise in something... Read More


Our Take on the Trends: The Rise of Sicilian Wine

We like to try and keep on the pulse of the world of booze and after last year’s harvests, wines from Sicily could be the next big thing. In this week’s blog our resident nerd of all things boozy, David, is going to explain why. What’s So Good About Sicilian Wine? Sicily is the largest wine region in Italy. Unlike the other regions in Italy, however, they focus on producing large volumes of reliable, affordable wines. The great thing about Sicilian Wines is the way they seem to merge new... Read More

TRYanuary 23/01/2018
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Our Top 6 for Tryanuary

Jog on Dry January! Here at The Pip Stop we love trying new and exciting products. We’ve put together our top 6 for TRYanuary; incorporating up and coming products, new ranges and some trends to watch for 2018. Up and Coming Picpoul de Pinet For those who like: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio One of the rare varietal wines from Southern France, this single grape wine from the Languedoc is a simple wine with a refreshing lemon acidity. The UK enjoys around 37% of all of the Picpoul produced in the... Read More

wine and food matching 10/08/2017

The ins and outs of Food Matching Wine

Finding food matching harder than you’d thought? One of the most common question groups we’re asked is what to pair with what. We’re here to help with our handy guide to the ins and outs of food matching. Debunking the myths There are all sorts of myths around wine and food matching. When pairing wine with food a lot of ‘rules’ as to what not to do have developed over time. As the complex reasons were simplified they became warped, like a big game of Chinese Whispers. Generally, personal preference will... Read More

How long does wine last? 22/01/2017

#Winequestions: How long does wine last?

This week in our #winequestions blog we’re tackling how long wine lasts. We’ll look at how long it will keep when you’ve opened it, and also how long you can keep a sealed bottle in the cellar. Here at The Pip Stop we like to encourage responsible drinking so if you do open that bottle, this is how long you have before it goes bad. How long does wine last when opened? The length of time a wine can be open depends on the type and style. It also depends on how... Read More


#WineQuestions: Is it true that wines with corks are better?

Over the past couple of years we’ve been asked our fair share of wine questions, some of them very niche and specific, and some that seem to be playing on everybody’s lips. In this weekly blog series we thought we’d attempt to tackle some of the most common questions we get about the world of wine, this week “Are wines with corks better?” Is it true that wines with corks are better? The closure used on a wine if often down to the traditions of the winemaking area, the costs involved... 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

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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