5 ace drinks to serve for Wimbledon

It is that time of year once again when we all don the summer whites, step out to meet (what is hopefully!) the peak of summer and raise a glass for the age old tradition of Wimbledon. But what to serve in the glass? Don’t worry we have you covered!

Champagne wishes and Wimbledon dreams
No Wimbledon celebration is complete without Champagne paired with strawberries and cream. It is a killer combo and it gets you right in the middle of the action – over 28,000 bottle were served last year at the gig so it only appropriate to have your share while you watch.

Careful though too much can make your head spin
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Recommendation:Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV (currently on sale), Veuve Clicquot Brut NV Champagne

The Classic: Pimm’s Cup

What is an English tradition like Wimbledon without a proper English beverage? Pimm’s is one that may best enjoyed at home rather than at the tournament itself.  Not only does this drink tend to be at the end of a very long queue, but it will cost you nearly £8 at the club and according to last year was averaging around a third of the strength that it should be.  So don’t risk it – self-serve this one to make sure it enjoyed as it was intended!

Recommendation: Pimm’s Cup. Looking for a twist on the original? Try Sipsmith Summer Cup

The TNT G&T:  The tried and true (TNT) for those who are less inclined to walk on the sweeter side of life, nothing beats a Gin & Tonic, particularly in summer time. G&Ts have had a serious resurgence (but let’s be real have they ever been out of style?) of late with all the artisan gins that are now out there on the market. It can be ruthless out on the court – your G&T on the sidelines shouldn’t be.

G&Ts are a winning serve
G&Ts are a winning serve

Recommendation: One we are loving right now- Bathtub Gin or Sipsmith

White wine: Whether it is light and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc or a Pinot Grigio or something a bit more adventurous, having a go to is essential. Have it on hand for those mid-week evenings and you can serve it chilled all on your own.

Recommendation: Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc or feeling adventurous? Try As Caixas Godello 2014 Martín Codax

Prosecco: Prosecco is so hot, hot, hot right now and there are some great quality Proseccos to be had at the moment – so make sure you haven’t missed this craze. And have it chilled and ready for what we can only hope is a victory for our hero.

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Any and all of these drinks should be enjoyed throughout Wimbledon, the hardest part is now to choose which one will be raised to celebrate the winner.

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Wing it with the winos

On occasion it seems winos may speak another language and it has nothing to do with how many glasses of wine you or they have had, but everything to do with they way they are talking about it.

We provide a crash course in how to speak wine so you can wing it with the most celebrated of the winos you encounter.

Acidity: This is not a reference to a drug induced flashback, acid helps brings structure to wine otherwise sometimes it can just feel a little flat- it gives white wine zing and a crispness. It is really a bit like the sour candies.

Sour makes it zingy!

Balanced: The moment of sanity for wine. It is like those few and far moments of sanity for yourself, when everything is as it should be. A balanced wine is much like that- it is when the amount of acidity in the wine is in proportion with sweetness and the tannins of the wine. It is the zen wine.

The zen moment of wine
Our moment of zen

Tannins:  You ever have a red wine that makes your whole mouth feel like you just ate a stick of chalk?  Or had a red wine that feels like velvet on your tongue? This all comes down to the tannins.

WIne that makes you purrrr
Wine with soft tannins is velvety and makes you purrrr

Younger wines tend to be more tannic than older wines and as they “age” the tannins soften and give way to that velvety softness.

Its corked: We have all been witness and in fact been forced to participate in the ritual at restaurants- someone has to try it when the wine waiter brings the bottle over.

The ol' sniff test

Even though they have hired a person who is an expert on wines, they bring it to the table and then you have to say whether or not it is good.  Not as in good ‘I like this’, but good as in it has not gone bad. No joke wine can go bad- it won’t make you ill, but it will taste off and when it is, it said to be ‘corked’- taste the way a wet towel smells.

Bad wine! Bad!
Bad wine! Bad!

Dry: The winos word for not sweet.  Why don’t they just say not sweet?  We don’t know. But the less sugar a wine has the drier it is said to be.  We could tuck into a wine like that.

Get in there you sweet sweet wine
Get in there you sweet, sweet wine!

Terrior: Don’t be terrified by terrior!! The theory goes that terrior is the wine expression of it’s environment- how much it rained that year- even down to the type of soil that vine grows in-
these things all are said to have an effect on the vine and thus affect the taste of the wine.

I detect a hint of dirt from my backyard
I detect a hint of dirt from my backyard

The wine therefore has a specific terrior or sense of place. How many people though go around eating soil to see if tastes like the wine?

Now that you are wino wordsmith you can wing it with the best of them.

Cheers! You are now a professional wino or at least can talk like one
Cheers! You are now a professional wino or at least can talk like one

Interested in more wine lingo?  Or not sure about a word? Ask our in-house winos to break it down for you.

6 drinks to survive the summer holiday

Surviving

It is with mixed feelings the six weeks of summer holiday have arrivied.

You no longer have to fight to get the kids up in the morning, but what to do with them all day and keep your sanity?

We have a drink for every week to make sure even you get a chance to enjoy the summer.

50 Shades of Rosé: Rosé wine is red hot this summer and great when its warm out.

50 Shades of Rosé

Malbec- get your grill on: What is the summer without a few BBQs?Malbec

Going somewhere? Check out our map that can show you what to drink depending on where you are headed for the holidays.

Tried & true Sauvignon Blanc: A classic and great poolside material.

Sauvignon Blan paris nicely with a pool

Where does the time go?

Where does this time go?

Gin: As you get closer to the end of the 6 weeks you need something stronger. It is the summer of gin, so try your hand at a classic.

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Pop the Prosecco!: The kids go back next week and you may now return to your regularly scheduled programme.

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There were laughs and there were tears- but you survived! Some great memories were made and some that you will look back at and laugh- we swear.

Just remember it is a long six weeks so be sure to schedule a few minutes of sanity in there.

Wine survival guide Glastonbury 2015

With Glastonbury 2015 kicking off we wanted to make sure whether you were at the show itself or watching from the comfort of the couch that you’re properly prepared to rage with some of the biggest legends on the stage.

If you are in fact lucky enough (we are so jealous!) to be headed to the show some critical pieces of equipment to bring would be a tent, wellies and a lot of bagged wine. No glass is permitted at the show.

Top hacks we came across:

Take a bag of wine out of the box itself. Pour yourself a glass as you pack and stick the rest in the freezer. It should freeze and then you can stick the bag in your cooler and it should stay cold at least for the first night- but let’s be real will it even last that long? Recommendation: Growling Frog ChardonnayGlastonbury Essentials

Also ladies out there – in case you have missed this season’s newest wine accessory check out the wine purse. Be the fashion envy of all you wine friends as well as being adequately prepared to make the most out the festival. This clutch is so clutch.

Careful, though, wine and mud can be a slippery slope.

Wine and mud can mix, when gravity gets involved however it can get messy
Wine and mud can mix, however, when gravity gets involved it can get messy

However, if in fact you are like the rest of us who will be enjoying Glastonbury from the comfort of home – we have a survival guide for you as well!

Check out a few wines that could be enjoyed with some of the big names that will be gracing the Glastonbury stages.

(Scroll and click over each photo in the gallery to see why we paired each wine with each Glastonbury legend)

And although it not the same as being at the show don’t forget some of the perks: your own bed that won’t be in the mud, toilet paper, a clean hot shower and if you need more wine we can even deliver so you don’t miss a beat.

Our Recommendations:

Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV Bronze Top Champagne

Villa Maria Private Bin Riesling 2014 Marlborough

Craggy Range Te Muna Road Pinot Noir 2012 Martinborough

Viñalba Reservado Malbec 2013 Mendoza

The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2012 Jim Barry, Clare Valley