A wander around the world of wine

If you’ve been to a Chief Wine Officer event, you’ll know that each wine tasting is based on a theme. A tour of the UK’s great restaurants, Grape Expectations, The Luxury Wines of Moet Hennessy… all are chosen in consultation with wine experts, sommeliers, and Masters of Wine. The magic of tapping into all this...

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Wine: fact or fiction?

The complexity of fine wine is only matched by the complexity of fine wine discourse. It’s of little surprise, then, that this gives rise to claims and counterclaims, facts and fiction, conviction and confusion. We say enough is enough. Below are nine of the most common wine-related proclamations. You’ve probably heard most of them. But until now...

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The CWO guide to serving wine at the right temperature

It’s an eternal debate: What’s the best temperature to serve your wines at? For reds, many people will say ‘serve at room temperature’. However, this is out-of-date guidance that harks back to the days before air conditioning and central heating. These days, ‘room temperature’ means something very different. Maybe you prefer white. If your host...

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The world’s most exclusive wine club

As you know, there are many reasons for attending a Chief Wine Officer event. Among them is the fact you get to hear from globally renowned wine experts. These include several possessors of the most highly prized wine qualification in the world. It’s notoriously difficult to achieve – the pass rate is just 10%. That’s...

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The Chief Wine Officer’s guide to never wasting wine

The wine novice knows never to waste a drop. So what if you want to take your wine drinking wine beyond the basics? A totally immersive experience rather than a simple swirl and swallow? Dive right in with this step-by-step guide on the best way to drink your wine. Choosing the bottle: There’s a theory...

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English wine & its sparkling future

We’ve all had one of those long days at work when there’s nothing you need more than a drink (or two). For those of us whose poison of choice is wine, we might have recently found ourselves going for the bottle of English bubbly instead of the traditional champagne. Is champagne’s reign as the sparkling...

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A perfect pairing: wine & Easter dinner

Easter is nearly upon us! A long weekend beckons, and it’s time to celebrate a break from work. Kudos goes to the people that had the willpower to purge themselves of chocolate, drink, meat and the other many treats that are usually given up for Lent. Forty days is a long time to abstain but...

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