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New World Wine vs Old World Wine

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Vineyards

Skip back a generation and the term ‘New World wine’ didn’t mean much to UK wine drinkers. After all, the best stuff just came from France, didn’t it? So, what is New World wine? It’s…

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What is vintage Champagne? A beginner’s guide

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Champagne, according to Moët Hennessy ambassador Lucy Warren’s declaration at a recent Whisky Exchange tasting, is ‘wine that’s supposed to make you happy’. Funny, then, that it was also known as ‘the wine of the…

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Champagne – the perfect Valentine’s Day gift

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Valentine's Day Champagnes

Valentine’s Day is not far away, and if you haven’t picked a romantic gift yet, don’t worry. Champagne is one of the safest options – I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t appreciate a glass of…

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What we’ll be drinking this Christmas

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Christmas

It’s been a busy year at The Whisky Exchange and the blog team is ready to wind down and enjoy the festive season. Here’s what we’ll be drinking this Christmas… Stuart I don’t associate one…

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Surviving a wine tasting – 5 tips to make you look like a pro

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Our lovely head buyer Dawn Davies knows more about wine than 99% of people on the planet. She’s a Master of Wine (MW), a qualification so tough there are only 350 people in the world…

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My favourite women in the drinks world

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Georgie Bell

Today is International Women’s Day, so what better way to show our support than by looking at the way women have shaped our industry over the years. I started out in the industry more than…

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South African wine – the new frontier

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Dawn Davies MW

South African wine has always held a place in my heart – while on holiday there, I had my first-ever tasting. Those were the days of swallow not spit…there was no assessment of the wines…

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The 5 best fortified wines to drink this Christmas

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Fortified wines for Christmas

Fortified wines are one of life’s true delights, offering a world of flavours between tart citrus and fruity caramel sweetness, delivering a sipping alcohol without packing the punch of boozy spirits. It’s this lack of…

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Our Three Wise Men are here to help

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Three Wise Men

Shopping online is great. I know we’re biased, but being able to choose what you want to buy from the comfort of your sofa and then having it delivered to your front door makes life…

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Thirsty Thanksgiving: Five Essential Drinks

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In the UK, Bonfire Night has barely passed before stores put up their Christmas decorations and supermarkets launch their heartstring-tugging festive adverts. Not so in the USA, where my home country sets its sights on…

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Mountain spirit – the best drinks to enjoy in the Scottish Highlands

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Mountain Spirit

Whether it is to heat up in the middle of a storm, celebrate summiting a peak or having a well-earned nightcap, a carefully chosen spirit can elevate a weekend in the Scottish Highlands. Here are four…

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Adventurous wines – try something new

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Adventurer Case

Before I started writing about whisky, I wrote about wine. It’s still one of my favourite things, and no matter how many whisky dinners I attend, for me, wine is the best thing to pair…

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The best BBQ drinks – do try this at home

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Summer is finally drawing to a close. We’re about to hit September and the start of autumn, but we’ve got one final weekend of sun ahead of us, and thanks to the bank holiday, it’s…

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Unsung heroes – new discoveries from The Whisky Exchange

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Unsung Heroes

Here at The Whisky Exchange, we’re always on the lookout for something different, whether it’s a new take on an established favourite or a totally new idea that makes us sit up and take notice….

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London Wine Week 2016

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London Wine Week

Spring has sprung and London Wine Week is upon us yet again. If you’re in London and are either a wine fan or someone who wants to learn more, then head over to the Wine…

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