The Pip Stop


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


Is The Gin Bubble About To Burst?

In this week’s blog we’re looking at the drinks trend of the decade that just won’t seem to go away. We’re talking of course, about Gin. It’s something we’re asked about on a fairly regular basis, and the short answer is…probably not. Things are constantly looking up in the world of gin, however we can’t ignore the fact that Brexit looms. Drink less, drink better In the UK there are over 300 gin distilleries, and more in the London area than there were in the UK in 2010. With people... 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


Est. 2019: Happy New Beer!

This year marks the birth of our brand new (as yet unnamed) brewery. With multiple contest winning Head Brewer Alex Redpath at the helm, we are in the process of creating and developing all kinds of delicious new recipes for your drinking pleasure. We are expecting delivery of our enormous 20BBL (3000L!) brewhouse in July. Coupled with a new canning line and some snazzy decor, we’re aiming to open our brewery and taproom in the autumn. While the fruits of our labour aren’t in cans just yet, you CAN try... Read More


5 Hanging Wine Glass Racks That Will Look Good In Any Kitchen

This article was originally published at Every good scout knows that it’s important to always be prepared. Here at The Pip Stop we think the same principles should be applied to wine. Getting the right glassware is really important. Do it right, and you get the best out of the aromas and flavours of your wine. You always want to know how many glasses you have at your disposal, as well as their shape and size. We can’t all have a dedicated wine cellar so we have to make do... Read More

6 Spooky Cocktails To Get In The ‘Spirit’ This Halloween

Halloween is a great excuse to have a night on the tiles or a fun party with friends. While it’s still not as popular in the UK as it is in the US, Dave gets excited every year. This year we’ve let him loose with some cocktail recommendations to keep you in the spirit of the season. Blood Orange Sangria This recipe is incredible and a known crowd pleaser. You can make it the night before and in bulk so there’s no need for long mixology sessions every time you... 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