The owner Luke Flunder is surrounded by bottles of Greek wine and he is ready for a wine tasting session

Luke's Case - November = Greece

Whenever we talk to our customers about Greek wine we have conversation that repeats itself time-and-time again: Everyone who has had Greek wine loves it - the problem is they can't remember what they have had. Even taking a photo of the bottle doesn't always lead to success in remembering it either as it is usually in Greek! So Luke's November's case is set to be a fantastic representation of the country from north to south. As well as this it is set to help make Greece just that little bit easier to understand. In the case is: - 3...

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Picturesque valley covered with vineyards

A Spanish wine region with potential

There is a wine region in Spain that you have probably never heard of and defies all common sense. Its green and luscious lands produce wines that you would normally find in Germany and we are very excited about it. Somontano is a wine region in Aragon, northern Spain, roughly 100km (60 miles) northeast of the city of Zaragoza (Saragossa). The region, which covers a wide range of terrain south of the Pyrenees, was granted DO status (now DOP) in 1984. It has a name for varietal wines of both interational and national grapes. The name Somontano means "under the mountains" and the region, which...

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Dark purple grape berry next to a green wine leaf

What is the difference between Syrah and Shiraz

Nothing... They are the same grape! However some winemakers would argue that, stylistically speaking, Shiraz and Syrah are not the same. Syrah might be used to denote a more restrained ‘old world’ style of wine, for instance.But be warned; there are no rules to govern this distinction and such a crude demarcation cannot be so easily drawn.A traditional Shiraz from South Australia would be considered bolder, with riper and more concentrated fruit, perhaps with earthy and dark chocolate notes plus some extra spiciness from the use of new oak. One might also expect higher alcohol levels, given the hotter climate.Syrah...

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Scenic view of a vineyard in New Zealand with plantations that appear vibrant and green against the background of the blue sky

New Zealand Update

If your favourite glass of wine is New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc you may be in for a bit of a surprise. According to the Drinks Business:"Regions in the middle of the country – including Wairarapa, Marlborough, Nelson, and North Canterbury – were impacted the most this year, and are down over 20% on 2020 While the 2021 harvest was smaller than hoped for, the quality of the vintage has been described as “exceptional” throughout the country’s various wine regions." I am already starting to see classic household brands up near the ten pound mark. So my advice is: 1. Find...

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