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Grapes arrive freshly picked at Taylor's Port Nogueira winery

Treading grapes to the Birdie Song beat puts the soul into Taylor’s port

Forget jazz, classical music or even opera. It’s the Birdie Song played on a little electrical organ which might be putting the soul into Taylor’s port wine. Or should that be sole. For one night only at Quinta de Vargellas in the Douro Valley in Portugal, the heart of port country, I stomped, wiggled and jiggled. I …

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Six styles of Bordeaux wine explained in simple steps

Bordeaux wine might be a bit daunting; ooooh all those different tastes, styles, let alone names we can’t pronounce properly. I went along to a Bordeaux tasting run by Dan Harwood at Vinea, Liverpool, on behalf of the Bordeaux Wine Council. (Bordeaux.com/uk)  Dan has some wise words to share and some simple little word clouds too, which help …

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Summer pink wines to enjoy while the sun is out (or when it rains)

AS its summer,  I suggest you grab some summer pink wines,  glasses and head to your nearest park, picnic basket in hand. And as its summer, don’t forget the umbrella. Some people view pink wines as flim flam, never to be touched. One or two wines here may convince you otherwise. But first, do you know …

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Women like blokes with wine knowledge but are they bluffing?

IF you’re lackadaisical about wine labels; if you rage about reds or whimper over whites; if you blush at a barolo or glaze over at a gerwurztraminer; if you pale at a pinot noir or think tempranillo is a percussion instrument;  fear not. Because you might not be the only one. As another Bank Holiday is …

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Winebird has a special way with words to help us enjoy wine

I LOVE social media. Yes, there’s lots of silly  twittering in more ways than one.  But I love the content  I  find about wine.  Did you know I like wine? On Twitter I follow the hashtag #wine, on Instagram the same; on both #winelovers throws up good content. Or be more precise with a grape hashtag such …

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Top winemaker Neil McGuigan shares his wine-tasting tips

BY THE time you read this I will have enjoyed a Girlies’ Night In, with yours truly  in charge of  a wine-tasting challenge. Other entertainment was to be one Girlie playing tunes on her ukulele. My plan: To disguise  all bottles in tin foil and to ask the Girlies questions, including guessing the grapes. I …

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That uncorking wine trick using a wall and a shoe is explained!

The clip on YouTube from Mirabeau wine showing Stephen Cronk uncorking wine using just his shoe and a wall has been all over my Facebook feed this week. Mirabeauwine: Opening a bottle of wine without a corkscrew I’ve been asked several times by my pals – as I’m known to like wine –  if I’d like to …

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