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Our senses of smell and taste are amazing things. They can bring intense feelings of joy, sorrow, disgust and delight, as well as evoke sharp memories of times past. However, like any other part of our body and brain, they need to be trained and exercised, challenged and pushed in order to reach their full potential. If you’re interested in wine, and want to develop your palate further, there is plenty that you can do to train yourself to unlock the subtler features of your favourite bottle. Training and expanding your palate will bring you more enjoyment when it comes to drinking and experiencing wine, and will allow

We’ve all been there: standing in the wine store, staring blankly at the bottles on the shelves and trying to figure out what a wine might possibly taste like, merely from the information on the label. All too often, we find ourselves flustered and simply reaching for a bottle with an attractive picture printed on the front, or going for a tried-and-tested bottle we know we will enjoy. While there isn’t necessarily anything wrong with this approach (indeed, it can sometimes lead to us discovering a whole new favourite!), it’s always preferable to make informed choices when it comes to picking our wines, and as wine lovers, we’re

Great chefs and home cooks alike have been cooking with white wine for centuries. And why wouldn’t they? Once the majority of the alcohol has dissipated from the pan, what’s left of the wine is an unbeatable depth of taste, a subtle fruitiness and spiciness which is impossible to replicate with any other ingredient. It’s what gives much of European gastronomy its distinctively elegant character, and it’s an easy way of adding a real punch of flavour to all kinds of dishes. There are other great benefits to cooking with white wine, too. It’s a sensible way to add bulk to sauces which could be left bland or

Who doesn’t love a great glass of rosé wine? It’s the beautiful, elegant and endlessly refreshing halfway-house between red and white, perfect on a summer’s day but equally good in the colder months as a wine to drink alongside your day. Produced in almost every wine country on earth, it has a history which stretches back through the centuries, and is beloved across the globe by those looking for the perfect thirst-quenching drink to share among friends. However, despite the fact that rosé is once again enjoying its moment in the sun, it’s one of the wine styles which is mostly widely misunderstood. Where does it come from? How

As the mercury starts to plummet in our thermometers, we begin longing for warmth, for comfort, and for long evenings huddled in front of an open fire. The bright and airy days of summer begin to feel like a distant memory, and those balmy afternoons sipping at sharp, light white wines and rosés have faded with the darkening of the skies. Winter is all about those wines which provide us with warmth and spice; full-bodied numbers that perfectly accompany big, hearty meals (and which are followed by a nap in a comfy chair… bliss!). We crave bold flavours, powerful aromas - the kinds of wines that keep the cold