The Pip Stop


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


2019’s Big Breakthrough Hops: 4 Top Additions to Watch Out For

Its a hard job trying to stay ahead of the curve where craft beers are concerned. Here at The Pip Stop we’re always trying to keep an eye on interesting new trends to bring your way. So whether you’re trying to find the next big thing or just want to try new things here are 4 up and coming hops to watch out for. El Dorado This is less a breakthrough hop and more something that is finally getting the recognition it deserves. El Dorado has been slowly building a... Read More


Top-of-the-Hops: How to Become a Brewmaster

This week’s blog comes courtesy of our guest blogger Dakota Murphey with a bit of advice for all of the budding brewers among you. Beer. Just reading the word alone is enough to make some people’s mouths salivate. It’s most men’s favourite drink, a close second behind dogs as man’s best friend, and the perfect accompaniment to sunny weather and cold winter evenings. Let’s face it, it’s one of the best inventions ever made. It’s no surprise then that the craft beer movement has been consistently growing and growing year... Read More


Who to Look For at This Summer’s Beer Festivals

Summer is here (supposedly) and that can mean only one thing, beer festivals. Lots and lots of beer festivals. Now these can be confusing. There’s dozens of stands, each with a handful of beers on, how do you choose? Well as always, we’re here to help. Here are some breweries to look out for when you’re wandering around your nearest beer festival this summer. Donzoko Brewing Company Hartlepool based Donzoko Brewing Company have made quite a splash over the course of the past 12 months. Could this be a new... Read More


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


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


Our Pick of Non-Scottish Single Malts

With world whisky day just around the corner we’re giving you an insight into some of our favourite whiskies from outside of Scotland. Paul John Brilliance Distilled in Goa, India using barley from the foothills of the Himalayas, the Brilliance is the flagship whisky from Paul John distillers. Totally free of peat this whisky somehow manages to maintain a full bodied viscosity. Matured in ex bourbon barrels this is effectively a scotch whisky in all but location. It’s no stranger to awards either with the Liquid Gold Award by Jim... 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