According to recent speculation, and a great deal of mass panic, garden parties will be in short supply of Prosecco this summer.
In fact the sales of Prosecco were up by 75% in the UK last year and we spent a staggering £1 billion on the Italian fizz which, for the first time, overtook sales of Champagne. But speculation suggests that these figures could change as we’re now looking at a global shortage.
However, after a bit of research Vin Est have swept in to rescue you from these nightmarish accusations and put the world to rest. Continue reading our latest blog to find out exactly what we’re talking about.
Wine is special. We know that, and you know that. This therefore means that a great bottle of wine needs some careful handling and a bit of basic knowledge to ensure you really get the best from it.
It is important to leverage your wine experience to its fullest and there are some pretty basic rules and guidelines all wine drinkers should consider in order to do so. Think about it, you don’t want to be enjoying a fantastic glass of red only for dessert to arrive and ruin the experience; everyone should know that sugar makes tannins more tannic.
Storing your wine correctly isn’t quite rocket science but it is a very important aspect of ensuring you don’t do anything to jeopardise a great bottle. And there’s a reason why wine is often stored in cellars, so it is worth your while trying to mimic these conditions.
This week at Vin Est we have complied a few key tips to ensure the ideal storage of your wines.
We all love chocolate. It’s indulgent and delicious. In fact, we’re not so sure we could possibly choose between wine or chocolate.
But could we pair them together? Well, that’s quite a complicated question with an whole wealth of answers. Although many agree that a successful and delicious combination is hard to come by we know it can be done. And with a little bit of research, and lots of wine and chocolate sampling, we think we’ve found a few pairings which can’t go wrong.
Wine can be a complicated topic. Not only do we have to take into account tannins, bouquet, body and flavours but the intermingled topics of history, culture, and geology too. You can see why one could easily get bogged down with all the details.
In our eyes however, knowing the best wine regions can make the process a little simpler for you. Why? Well, recognising a wine region and the associated produce allows us to recognise value and quality. Every wine making country across the globe focuses on a distinct wine variety; Spain for example produces the largest volume of Tempranillo across the world. It would therefore stand to reason that a bottle of Tempranillo from Spain would be a fantastic quality purchase and often the best value too.
We all love a delicious glass of wine with our dinner but many of us forget that adding a splash to our favourite meals can infuse flavour and change the way we enjoy a dish.
Like us, you probably spend a lot of time picking the right wines, whether a sumptuous red or a crisp white; storing them correctly; choosing a perfect cheese pairing for every aroma and of course the deliberating over the perfect food pairing. Unfortunately for the majority not enough time is spent understanding how to cook with wine.
Adding wine to your favourite recipe can impart wonderful flavour, but there are a number of aspects you should always consider when taking wine to the stove. Follow our top 10 tips and you can’t go far wrong.
Imagine yourself milling around a beautiful vineyard with amazing views set in spectacular scenery; or perhaps sat amongst a myriad of wine bottles there for you to take a taste. As we move into Spring and begin to see the first sights of sunshine, we couldn’t think of a better way to spend our weekend.
So whether you’re a wine connoisseur or simply enjoy a delicious glass of the good stuff, a wine tasting experience is always a great idea. You don’t have to go far to enjoy great wine, which is why we have highlighted our top 7 British wine tasting experiences here:
We all love a glass of wine. And plenty of us tend to stick to a bottle that we know we’ll love. However, why don’t you challenge yourself to try something new, something different, something perhaps you hadn’t imagined you would experience with a glass of vino?
At Vin Est we’d like to bring to your attention some of the fantastically odd flavours and aromas you may experience when trying what is out there. Whilst we love more conventional fruit flavours, with hints of oak, wine is about indulging and for us that means having fun in the process.
So take a look at some of these really bizarre wine flavours you are likely to come across.
With less than a couple of weeks to go until 14th February it’s about time you make plans for this year’s Valentine’s day celebrations.
Rather than heading out to a fancy restaurant like so many other couples and spending an extortionate amount for an average 3 course meal surrounded by loved up couples in an overcrowded dining room, why not stay home? After all, anyone can flash the cash on their credit card. Instead you could really impress your date with a freshly prepared, well thought out three course meal, perfectly paired with wine in the intimacy of your own home.
So if you’re cooking the perfect meal for your other half, we’ve got some excellent wine pairings for a delicious 3 course Valentine’s meal.
Here at Vin-Est we love what we do. We love our customers. And of course we love our wine. But the real question is, why should you love us?
Well, this week we would like to highlight Vin-Est the business, Vin-Est the team, and our fantastic collection of wines.
Vin-Est The Business
Firstly we would like to introduce ourselves as Mike and Rachel Jenkins; wine lovers and proud owners of Vin-Est. After many years living amongst the hustle and bustle of London we decided to uproot and move to the Cotswolds where we could build both a new business and a new life in beautiful surroundings. So in 2011 Vin-Est was established in Lechlade, a small market town on the beautiful banks of the River Thames in Gloucestershire.