The Pip Stop

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The ‘Grapetrotting’ has begun!

This month we held our first official tasting evening and we were delighted with the way it played out. Australia was the first stop on our tour around the wine world. On offer were six different Australian wines; from our full bodied MWC Shiraz to a peachy Silver Creek Viognier, as well as a touch of class in our two sparkling wines, including McGuigan’s Sparkling Shiraz. We couldn’t have an Australian evening without some Bush Tucker treats either which included some delightful Wild Boar sausages and Kanagroo meatballs! Our tasting evenings are a great... Read More


The facts behind the supposed “World Prosecco Shortage”

Shock, horror, disaster! The media is reporting a near apocalyptic shortage of Prosecco leading into the summer due to issues with this year’s grape crop. But just how big IS this supposed crisis? This week we’re going to use our blog to shed a bit of light on the situation. The Source The whole issue is emanating from an interview with Robert Cremonese, export manager for high quality Prosecco specialists Bisol, who told the drinks business that Prosecco’s wine regions have experienced a lot more rainfall, with storms hitting vineyards across the... Read More


Proper food fest is almost here!

We’re really excited to be coming along to South Shields Proper Food and Drinks Festival next weekend. We’ll have a host of delicious wines to tempt you with on the day, perfect for pairing with the goodies on offer all around the festival. The event is in Bents Park, South Shields all across the bank holiday weekend from 10am – 5pm. We’d be thrilled to have you come down and join The Pip Crew for a good old chat, and a sample of course. With dozens of local food and drinks... Read More


New Arrivals from McPherson’s Wine Company

The weather in the North East is unpredictable at best so this week we aim to bring a bit of sunshine to your table. We’re bringing Australia to you with our four new wines all the way from Victoria. Southern Australia is arguably the heart of Australia’s Wine industry, crushing almost half of the country’s growing output and Victoria is the most interesting, dynamic and varied of Australia’s wine states. These are our pick of the bunch this week, with four offerings from the McPherson Winery showing the style and... Read More


Our doors are open…and our boot!

Saturday 25th April saw our doors officially open to the public. It was fantastic to see so many people from around the local area as well as from further afield coming to support the Pip Stop on its big day. The event was made even more special for us since the owner of the former Morgan Garage, John Macdonald came along to give his seal of approval! We hope everyone enjoyed seeing our new store and sampling some of our wines. For those of you who haven’t visited us in... Read More


We’re getting ready to stack the shelves…

The Old Garage in Maiden Law has come a long way and is nearly ready to become the Pip Stop! The majority of the structural work in the building has been completed- most importantly the mini has been crashed through the wall, so now the fun can really begin! We do however have a lot of hard work to do before our grand opening weekend on 24th– 26th April. Once the flooring is dried and the electrics are in the next big thing on the list is installing our bespoke... Read More


5 Weeks Till Launch!

Our opening date of the 15th April is coming up fast with lots still to do lets hope we can make it! The brickwork is now fully complete and next weeks tasks are to add the final level of flooring, attach the new roof and the best bit, crash our purpose built Mini through the wall. Not only that but most of our fantastic bespoke barrel tasting counter/till is complete. Big thanks to Shotley Joinery for all their work on the counter, it couldn’t have looked any better! The idea behind... Read More


Renovation of our vintage garage

We are now half way through the refurbishment of our vintage car garage! Given the history of the building, we feel it would be a shame to lose its heritage, as it is well known in the local area. Within 6 weeks we have relayed foundations, cleared all of the old offices, fittings and junk, giving us room for half a new floor and new interior walls, built from red brick, housing the buildings first insulation and creating a clean yet industrial feel to the space. Next job will be to finish the flooring, clean up the roof, and install the... Read More


The Pip Stop: Developing a Brand

A vintage car themed wine range. This was the idea we started with to help launch our new store, housed in a former classic car garage. We wanted a house range completely unique to The Pip Stop, and the possibilities were endless. With our parent company being one of the largest bottlers in the UK, this was certainly achievable, but required some careful thought. What era do we take inspiration from? How do we keep the brand appealing to all demographics? How do we avoid this becoming more about cars than wine? How do we... Read More


The Pip Stop: Innovation and Tradition at its Finest!

Fine wine and vintage cars, what a fabulous combination! This is exactly what you will find at The Pip Stop in Lanchester in County Durham. Located in a refurbished 1950’s car garage, The Pip Stop is a shopping experience like no other. Whether you are looking for non-alcoholic alternatives, fine wines, aged whiskies, or prepared gifts, you will find it all here. Our Store The inspiration is our building, a 1950’s Morgan car garage. We have completely renovated the site, turning it into a premier wine and spirits outlet. By... Read More