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Our spirits specialist, Tom Brady, introduces us to the Isle of Raasay Single Malt Batch #1 Release.
With English Wine week having just taken place, it is a chance to sit back and take a look at the phenomenal burst of activity in the world of English wine. Many may consider good English wine to be a myth, however with many wineries emerging, it is certainly something to discover for yourself.
One of the top-quality producers to keep your eye out for in our shops is ‘Freedom of the Press.’ They are an ‘urban winery,’ based in Minster Lovell, Witney. The OWC team had the pleasure of visiting them during English Wine Week.
Portuguese Whites for Summer
The concept of Terroir, a product having a sense of place and being influenced by the land, climate and atmosphere surrounding its production, is synonymous with the world of wine. In whisky however, it's a concept that doesn't really get spoken about all that much. There's a long-held assumption that flavour derived from barley, rye, corn and wheat comes from the grain itself followed by tinkering at the production stage and then through time in oak during maturation.
Sundays are always a little different for the retail team at The Oxford Wine Company. The shops close at 4pm and now that summer seems to be finally approaching, we get to head out while the sun still shines. Add that to the easing of lockdown restrictions and, like so many others in the UK, we finally get to spend a bit of face-to-face time with our colleagues and not have to rely entirely on emails or Zoom to keep in touch. So, with this newfound sense of freedom, it was an absolute delight to be invited by the folks at The Oxford Artisan Distillery to head up to the top of South Park and pay them a visit on just such a Sunday.
Our friends at The Oxford Wine Café are delighted to be welcoming guests inside once again after a long closure due to lockdown restrictions.
The Oxford Artisan Distillery have released their inaugural whisky, read on to find out more.
Italian sparkling wine has become synonymous with Prosecco in recent years but, with sparkling wine made in most Italian regions, did you know that there are several other delicious options to sample?
When you think of German Riesling you may automatically think of Alan Partridge ordering half a bottle of Blue Nun or you may think about the copious amounts of Black Tower you would guzzle because it was sweet and didn't really taste like wine. *For disclosure, I am too young to remember guzzling Black Tower, in my day it was all about Cactus Jack Apple Schnapps... urgh*
Certified sommelier Matthew Whitaker gives us his top tips for pairing traditional German cuisine with Riesling and Pinot Noir.
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