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  Our Blog about wine, life and all things Delicious

9th October

Do you judge a book by its cover? Consider Catch-22, The Beach and The Great Gatsby.
Can you apply the same adage to wine?

We are looking at our best-selling Les Cepages Oublies, a winning blend of Gros Manseng and Colombard grapes- both widely grown in the Cotes de Gascogne, near Toulouse.
What is it showing? The soft green label has an old-fashioned look but the wine is anything but.
It is fresh, fruity, up-to-the-minute, and totally drinkable- at £8.50 a bottle.

9th June

At The Wine Tasting Shop, our familiarity with the style and story of each wine, and our "hands on" approach to customer service make us a popular destination for the purchase of gift wines.

Whether it's a Christening gift made for ageing in the cellar, a celebratory bottle of champagne, or just a nice gesture on a budget, we've loads of choices. And, if you've chosen a gift wine with us before, you know we are always happy to take that extra time & find the perfect bottle for any gift occasion.

7th June

Dinner with Dog Point Vineyard Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Inspired by a recent clip of Jamie Oliver knee deep in a herb garden and cooking fresh British asparagus on a tiny transportable hob, I decided last night's dinner was to be a culinary adventure - attempting to duplicate both his recipe and his sense of experimental nonchalance (whilst still doing everything in my power to make sure the result was perfect, and pouting when things went awry).

25th April

We are pleased to announce that we've been collaborating with the creative culinary team at nearby restaurant, Harrison's.

On the 30th of May, we'll be bringing our creations to you in a Food & Wine Pairing Event, held at Harrison's.

The event will feature 8 of our fabulous boutique wines, paired with 8 different tasting portions of Harrison's modern and exciting cuisine.

Several of the dishes have been designed to pair uniquely with specific wines from The Wine Tasting Shop, whilst other dishes are Harrison's top recommended dishes, and we've chosen the wine to compliment them.

23rd March

New in the shop this week!

Three fresh Sancerre wines by Paul Prieur & Fils.

20 hectares of Pinot Noir(5 ha) and Sauvignon Blanc(15 ha), from which winemaker, Didier Prieur, makes an elegant mineral Sancerre Blanc, a fresh dry Rosé of 100% Pinot Noir, and a Rouge with super fine tannin and refreshing cherry fruit - perfect lightly chilled for a Spring picnic!

Soils are mostly limestone, known as "terres blanches", and vines average 35 years old.

Sustainable vineyard practices, and wines of balance, verve, and freshness!

28th February

Celebrate your next birthday, hen party, corporate do, parents evening, or other social event with a private wine tasting at The Wine Tasting Shop.

Our Private Events have become an integral part of our business in the last year, and we are delighted with the increasing popularity of these events.

9th January

Dear The Wine Tasting Shop Enthusiasts,

It has recently come to our attention that our contact email feature on has not been functioning properly.

We have now fixed the problem, and will promptly answer all inquiries sent via the email address and contact form pages.

Please accept our apology for any unanswered inquiries, and please do re-send your emails and inquiries, as we are eager to be of service.

22nd December

Just a quick post as we are, like Santa's elves, ensconced in the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations! We bet you feel the same.

Many of you have been popping round the shop for nice bottles of wine as last minute gifts, and with our special range Christmas wines, it's easy to pick the right gift at the right price.

Not to mention, the cases of Christmas dinner-matching wines that have marching out the door like tin soldiers! We're always here to help you choose the perfect wine to match your meal, and Christmas is no exception.

14th December

The Holidays are upon us, and in all the hustle and bustle of Christmas, we thought we'd make your wine purchase as smooth as our new top Burgundy.

You may already know which of our amazing wines you'd like to accompany your Turkey or to add some Champagne effervescence to your pre-meal mingle. Now you can pre-order your wines, to make the process even easier!

Send an email to listing the wines and the time you'd like to pick up, and we will have them priced, wrapped, and ready to go!

25th October

No, it's not a tasting event involving wine and pickles ...

But as wine tasting events go, this is another of those deliciously worthy events, benefiting our community's tiniest members.

Ickle Pickles is a charity which raises funds to purchase equipment vital to the survival of ill and/or premature infants. Ickle Pickles seeks to fill the gap in NHS funding, providing incubators, ventilators, and other key pieces of equipment in Neonatal Units.