10 Green Bottles website relaunched

I like specialist wine shops but there are not many around the high street nowadays. Happily, there seems to be more and more appearing on the internet. Some people may find it a bit intimidating buying wine online but just as you rely on the assistance of the staff in a wine shop, the better online wine websites have a bounty of information which can make it easier to choose a wine. 10 Green Bottles is a specialist wine shop that also has quite an impressive new website. They have a great little shop in Brighton so in this case, you can visit the shop before you buy online. 10 Green Bottles pretty much do what they say on the tin – 10 wines from 5 styles: red, white, rose, sparkling, spirits/fortified. It certainly does simplify the choosing process. Their new website is pretty cool, with tasting notes and a countdown of each wine available. Don’t worry if they run out of your favourite wine, if there’s demand and the winery still has a supply of it, they will re-order. The wines are almost all exclusive to 10 Green Bottles and start at around the £9 price point.  I went to a tasting of their wines in London not long ago and I can tell you that they do have some amazing value wines. There was a fabulous white burgundy on show  from Dom. Huber-Verdereau, a cracking rose from Italian producer Col del Mondo and a great cremant de Loire from Domaine de la Paleine NV. Check out their new website, you won’t be disappointed by the selection. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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Wine (and food) on a Brighton getaway

Apr 19, 12 Wine (and food) on a Brighton getaway

Posted by in England, Food and Wine, Lifestyle

I was invited down to Brighton recently to check out the Brighton and Hove food and wine festival. I’ve been to Brighton a few times and it is relatively easy to get there from London. If you can’t be bothered to do all the legwork yourself you can find Brighton Holidays online. The last time I was there for a winemaker’s dinner at the Hotel du Vin Brighton, so I was pleasantly surprised to hear that part of the festival was being held at the hotel and that they would be putting me up for the night there. This isn’t my first time at HdV Brighton, I’ve stayed there in the past and always enjoy walking into the comforting decor of the hotel, alternating between dark and blonde wood, cozy couches and chairs scattered around the main bar and a bustling bistro next to it. From the outside, the building dates back to the 16th-17thth century, complete with timber and whitewalls on certain parts of the hotel.  The interior though has all the mod cons and the suites come with giant bathtubs for a soak after spending the day at the beach, which by the way is literally across the road from the hotel. There’s also a charming courtyard as well as a suntrap of a terrace on the first floor. The hotel was putting on a small wine festival and had local producers and wine shops on hand to show off their wines. There was a large proportion of English wines available, including Ridgeview, Bolney’s and even Plumpton College had their local sparkling on offer. I also tried a fantastic pinot blanc from Stopham Estates. They are located in West Sussex and are the only producers of pinot blanc in the UK. The wine was not at all what I was expecting, not tasting like an English wine. By that I mean it didn’t have the telltale elderflower aromas or flavours nor was it slightly off dry. Bright and chipper, balanced fruit and...

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