Vincarta: the joy of wine

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Aurelia Visinescu celebrating her winery's 20th anniversary

Aurelia Vișinescu winery visit: premium Romanian winemaker

‘Aurelia Vișinescu is possibly Romania's most famous female winemaker,’ according to Caroline Gilby, MW. She is also our favourite Romanian...

By Mirela Mart

Cliffs and beach-side vineyards in Madeira

Visiting Madeira for wine and food lovers

Madeira wine is what took us to Madeira in the summer of 2022. We first discovered the wine during our fortified WSET Diploma studies – a...

By Matthew Stibbe

Vincarta’s Christmas Wine Recommendations

Every year people ask Mirela and I about the best Christmas wine. In previous years, we’ve said ‘buy it from us’ but now we’re not selling...

By Matthew Stibbe

Crete wine: the ultimate guide

Crete has a long history of wine production, more than 60 wineries, including several world-class producers and a number of distinctive...

By Matthew Stibbe

Nyetimber - English sparkling wine producer

Nyetimber, our favourite English sparkling wine

It’s been a long time since I wrote my last blog post. But there’s no better way to get over the writer’s block than writing about our...

By Mirela Mart

The bar at 67 Pall Mall wine club

67 Pall Mall: the ultimate wine club?

67 Pall Mall – a former bank turned wine club (Credit: 67 Pall Mall)

By Matthew Stibbe

Bottles of wine

How to keep your wine fresh

If you’ve ever had the misfortune of sipping iffy-tasting wine, you’ll know all too well that wine can, in fact, go off. This article...

By Claire Poskitt

How sparkling wine and Champagne get their sparkle

‘I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes, I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle...

By Mirela Mart

Protectionism and the wine trade

Protectionism is a hot topic in the drinks industry. With rising fears from Brexit and anti-globalisation rhetoric, many fear their...

By Matthew Stibbe

Bunches of grapes with ice on them

What is ice wine?

Ask any wine expert and they’ll tell you, making wine is a complex and strenuous process. But there’s no wine on earth as gruelling to...

By Violet Myers

15 wine jokes to tickle you rosé

You know that red meat pairs well with an Amarone. You know that a Muscat complements a nice piece of fish. But, do you know what goes best...

By Matthew Stibbe

Expensive wine vs. cheap: What’s the difference?

With cheap wines fooling experts on a seemingly daily basis – much to the glee of journalists looking for their schadenfreude fix– you’d be...

By Alex Cohen