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Corporate Wine Gifting from Vinagogo...
20/10/2019

Corporate Wine Gifting from Vinagogo...

We have launched our Corporate Gifting service in time for Christmas! If you are looking for bespoke personalised gifts we offer everything from branded packaging to personalised gift cards, all to enhance the recipients experience and your organisations reputation.
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Its finally LIVE! Our new start-up www.vinagogo.com A New Way to Gift Wine.  Check it out! Vinagogo_Wines
14/09/2018

Its finally LIVE! Our new start-up www.vinagogo.com A New Way to Gift Wine. Check it out! Vinagogo_Wines

Introducing the new way to gift wine...Coming Soon! www.vinagogo.com
06/05/2017

Introducing the new way to gift wine...Coming Soon! www.vinagogo.com

7 Tips for Perfect Summer Barbecuing
24/06/2015
7 Tips for Perfect Summer Barbecuing

7 Tips for Perfect Summer Barbecuing

For John Lewis and his father, John Lewis, Sr., barbecue is a family affair. The pair have been working for years to perfect the wood-fired barbecue pits t...

What Makes a Champagne Great?
15/06/2015
What Makes a Champagne Great?

What Makes a Champagne Great?

What makes a Champagne great? What makes a specific bottle worth $300 instead of $35? Recently, I sat down with Richard Geoffroy, the longtime chef du cave...

SC Wines recommendation: Cullinan View South African Shiraz with a light smooth peppery taste, goes down very well.
10/06/2015

SC Wines recommendation: Cullinan View South African Shiraz with a light smooth peppery taste, goes down very well.

La Garagista Makes Refreshing Rosé in Chilly Vermont
07/06/2015
La Garagista Makes Refreshing Rosé in Chilly Vermont

La Garagista Makes Refreshing Rosé in Chilly Vermont

Frigid winter cold makes Vermont an unlikely place for quality wine. But Deirdre Heekin, owner of La Garagista, is producing excellent, naturally made bott...

Summer is coming...
18/05/2015
How to Choose a Wine for Sangria

Summer is coming...

As long as the wine is inexpensive, fruity and tastes good on its own, it’ll work well in sangria.
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Happy Easter
05/04/2015
What Wine Goes Best With a Chocolate Bunny?

Happy Easter

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Happy Chinese New Year
20/02/2015
Wine For Your Sign

Happy Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year! Use your birth year to discover your zodiac sign.

Looking Through the Lens at Winemaker Kevin Judd | Wine News & Features
27/01/2015
Looking Through the Lens at Winemaker Kevin Judd | Wine News & Features

Looking Through the Lens at Winemaker Kevin Judd | Wine News & Features

Looking Through the Lens at Winemaker Kevin Judd. Kevin Judd founded Greywacke Vineyards in Marlborough, New Zealand after making Cloudy Bay for 25 vintages – he is also a widely published photographer.

Everyone loves brunch...
25/01/2015
Brunch Cocktails

Everyone loves brunch...

For her parties, actress Ali Larter likes to make just one great drink. This one is bitter and sweet, thanks to a splash of Aperol with the blood orange juice and vodka.

Offer Extended!!! New Year Prosecco: 5 Hours Left - NYE Delivery - 50% Off
29/12/2014
Offer Extended!!! New Year Prosecco: 5 Hours Left - NYE Delivery - 50% Off

Offer Extended!!! New Year Prosecco: 5 Hours Left - NYE Delivery - 50% Off

£49.99 a case - that's a massive 50% off! Our Prosecco comes from an area close to Venice, famed for its canals, architecture and, also, Bellini cocktails. For this perfect New Year's Day drink, just add peach juice to a tall glass with crushed ice, and mix with our award-winning Prosecco.NEW YEAR'S…

Give it a whirl...?!
29/12/2014
How to Open a Champagne Bottle with a Saber

Give it a whirl...?!

It may come as a surprise to learn that you don’t need brute force, or a sharp blade, or quick hands to execute this technique (though it does help to be kind of a badass, like , for example). In fact, it's all about finesse.

Here’s why: A bottle of champagne is under about 90 pounds of pressure per square inch. The diameter of the opening is less than 3/4-of-an-inch wide, so there is a force of roughly 35 pounds pushing on the cork at all times. In the early years of champagne-making, thinner glass bottles would regularly burst in the cellar, as secondary fermentation released carbon dioxide into the bottle and increased the pressure. Among other mitigating techniques, champagne houses added wire cages to hold in the corks, and thickened the glass to more effectively contain pressure.

These days, a champagne bottle usually won’t break for no apparent reason (though they sometimes do), but the key to sabrage lies in one important detail: No matter how thick or strong the bottle is, glass is still a brittle material (meaning it will break instead of bend when pressure is applied). And just one well-placed scratch on the surface will compromise its integrity. In this case, a light score along the 90-degree angle underneath the lip of the bottle creates a microscopic crack where the bottle is weakest. With just one fluid nudge from your saber, the pressure inside the bottle cleaves and opens a crack in the glass, releasing the collar of the bottle and the cork along with it. If done right, the neck won’t shatter or splinter; it will break off with a clean split. That’s because the saber itself doesn’t actually break the bottle, but simply propagates a fracture that allows the pressure inside the bottle to release.

This may take some practice, so chill a few bottles and stand away from others to minimize risk of injuring someone with your sword or flying glass. Once you get it right, it’s a pretty sweet party trick practiced in the tradition of the likes of Napoleon and master sommeliers. Oh, and blade aficionado Neal Stephenson.

24-Hour New Year Special: 50% off award-winning Prosecco - guaranteed for NYE. Buy two cases for FREE DELIVERY! http://t...
28/12/2014
New Year Prosecco: 24 Hour Special - 50% Off

24-Hour New Year Special: 50% off award-winning Prosecco - guaranteed for NYE. Buy two cases for FREE DELIVERY! http://t.co/s7tNd9Zgse

£49.99 a case - that's a massive 50% off! With Christmas dinner over, it's time to raise a glass and toast the year. We're offering a massive discount on our award-winning Prosecco to help you celebrate the new year in style! Prosecco: The New Champagne Last year, Prosecco sales overtook Champagne f…

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