Growing Popularity in Mobile Hen Parties: Guest Post

The Growing Popularity in Mobile Hen Parties Today we’re excited to add a guest post to the blog, from Holly Clapshaw who works with our friends at Funktion Events! They’re touching on why mobile hen parties like our wine and fizz tasting have become so popular. For a while now, brides to be across the ...
By Janet Harrison | July 30, 2018 | Articles

Exquisite all the way at the Aldi Spring tasting

With snow on the ground and icicles hanging from my balcony, I bring you some of my faves from the Aldi Spring wine collection! If, like me, you are sweltering with the heating on full blast, you could almost fool yourself  into thinking you might fancy a chilled glass of rosé.  If so, you are ...
By Janet Harrison | March 19, 2018 | Articles

Making Wine Simple….one glass at a time

People who want to know more about wine often tell me they: Lack confidence when reading a restaurant wine list – especially when out with ‘wine buffs’ Don’t want to turn up at a friend’s house with ‘embarrassing bottles’ (they should make a programme about that) Are confused by the choice available The latter is ...
By Janet Harrison | July 14, 2016 | Articles

Women Who Drink Wine there are a lot of us it would seem!

Fresh back from my WSET Diploma studies, I’ve found out that of the UK wine drinking public, around 60% are women. A large proportion of those are ‘Boomers’ (over 50’s to you and me). Yet most people still feel anxious and confused when buying wine – why? To use marketing terminology, “buying wine is a ...
By Janet Harrison | April 27, 2016 | Articles

Affordable Fizz

Has anyone noticed the price of Prosecco is going up? With the increasing popularity of Italy’s famous sparkling wine, I’m surprised we don’t hear this reported on the news alongside the price of crude oil and the latest on the FTSE index. I know it isn’t what you’d call EXPENSIVE, but prices, even in supermarkets, ...
By Janet Harrison | April 19, 2016 | Articles

Wine….ing Clients

  Excuse the rather clumsy play on words, anything to grab a headline. Of course we are talking about client entertaining, but you worked that out already, right? Gone are the days of long ‘boozy’ lunches, for most anyway. Yet client entertaining is still a valuable way of maintaining relationships and of course thanking them ...
By Janet Harrison | April 19, 2016 | Articles

Make 2016 Full of Sparkle

A wine blog in ‘Dry January’?  Well, YES actually. If it makes you feel better, it’s about a wine naturally on the low-side in terms of alcohol and calories…Champagne! 2015 finished in spectacular style at Cracking Wine HQ with the UK’s first Fizz Festival firmly under our belt and what a corker it was too.   Pictures here: ...
By Janet Harrison | January 7, 2016 | Articles

Home Grown Talent

This week, we heard the news that Scotland has made it’s own wine….hurray….but that is undrinkable….boo! These weren’t mean words from the wine press, but from Christopher Trotter, the winemaker himself and was widely reported in the national press. I can’t read the article without thinking “One day Rodders, we’ll be millionaires” but perhaps that ...
By Janet Harrison | July 28, 2015 | Articles

Albariño Pioneers

I’ve wanted to go to Galicia for some time now, having lived close to a Galician community when in London for a couple of years.  They were so friendly and passionate about their food and wine. I also like Albariño, so that finally tipped the balance. The Rias Baixas (pronounced ree-ahs by-shuss, so as not to ...
By Janet Harrison | July 6, 2015 | Articles

Beaujolais Renegades

I rarely drink Beaujolais for some reason. A good (male) friend of mine is a Fleurie fan which is unusual and quite cool at the same time. So many people have got used to big Aussie reds and they kind of de-sensitise your palate in the same way as strong coffee – anyway I digress. ...
By Janet Harrison | April 17, 2015 | Articles