Mr.Wheeler's Journal

The recent resurgence of rosé 5th September 2017 in General Posts

The recent resurgence of rosé

 No longer is rosé perceived as a poor relation to the more sophisticated reds and whites, but is instead becoming the fastest growing wine category. In the past, rosé wines have not experienced great popularity. Traditionally, they have been over-sweet, often used as a cheap, introductory wine, before wine drinkers develop more sophisticated tastes and move onto more acidic, drier grapes. However, in recent years there has been a resurgence of rosé, with new varieties being developed and an increasing variety appearing at wine merchants and on restaurant menus.

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Wine Glossary
Wine Glossary 3rd August 2017 in General Posts

We want to help wine lovers expand their oenological vocabulary along with their palette. We've compiled our first A - Z glossary of useful wine terms.

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Choose Better: Wine Tasting Competition
Choose Better: Wine Tasting Competition 6th July 2017 in General Posts

Mr.Wheeler always strives to help customers choose better wine, and so one lucky wine enthusiast will be given the opportunity to win two tickets to the acclaimed WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) beginner’s wine tasting course, worth £358.

 

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The Benefits of Online Wine Buying
The Benefits of Online Wine Buying 4th July 2017 in General Posts

Increasing numbers of people are flocking to virtual wine sellers, opting to purchase their fine wines online and taking advantage of the many benefits that online retailers have to offer.

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2016 Bordeaux Round-up Part 1 - The Left Bank
2016 Bordeaux Round-up Part 1 - The Left Bank 27th June 2017 in Fine Wine

So as the dust settles on a frenetic 2016 Bordeaux campaign, it is plain to see that the undisputed high quality evident in the wines produced has translated into burgeoning consumer demand.

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Le Roc, Southwold : A French Café, Flying the Flag For The Languedoc
Le Roc, Southwold : A French Café, Flying the Flag For The Languedoc 8th June 2017 in General Posts

We all know the British tendency to gather eclectic wine and food from around the world, often to a fault. Fajitas share menu space with lamb shanks and balti, and every wine producing country in the world is represented on the list. Argentine Malbec rubs shoulders with Chilean Merlot on a list that could be from Wetherspoons or the best local restaurant. Nothing wrong with that, but it’s very safe.

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Château Angélus Dinner
Château Angélus Dinner 30th May 2017 in Fine Wine

On 3rd May Stephanie de Bouard-Rivoal together with Johnny Wheeler and Simon Wrightson hosted a Château Angelus Dinner at Simon’s home The Grange in Manfield for 15 very fortunate wine lovers.

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Better Wine: Greenhough, Nelson, New Zealand
Better Wine: Greenhough, Nelson, New Zealand 23rd May 2017 in General Posts

Better wine drinking means experiencing a greater level of enjoyment and satisfaction. For us, it is about empowering Mr.Wheeler customers to be able to choose wines based on knowledge and insight provided by us, and an understanding of what they enjoy. It’s a constant battle to convince people to “buy better” with so much choice out there in the supermarkets – but when you do and taste the difference, my goodness it’s worth the extra.

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The ultimate guide to perfect food pairing with your wine
The ultimate guide to perfect food pairing with your wine 17th May 2017 in Buying Guides

A fine wine exquisitely matched with its cuisine counterpart can be a transporting experience. The synthesis of intermingling disparate flavours, aromas and textures dancing on the palette, fusing to form a gastronomic symphony. Total harmonisation.

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2016 Bordeaux: Now we're talking!
2016 Bordeaux: Now we're talking! 15th May 2017 in Fine Wine

I recently had the opportunity to attend a vertical tasting of Bordeaux from the 2016, 2015 and 2014 vintages (the term ‘vertical tasting’ always prompts some amusement amongst non-wine people – as if the tasting might at some point become horizontal if it goes on too long!)

The tasting included such luminaries of the region as Montrose, Pontet-Canet, Canon and Rauzan-Ségla – to name but a few (it’s a tough job etc..etc..) and proved to be a fascinating vintage comparison.

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A guide to tasting wine in a restaurant
A guide to tasting wine in a restaurant 11th May 2017 in Buying Guides

We choose better wine at Mr.Wheeler, and it is our mission to help you choose better wine too. We want to instil in you the skills and expertise to help you enjoy a wonderful bottle. We firmly believe that the art of wine tasting is neither as obscure nor as challenging as is sometimes assumed. The next time the bottle is tilted and those glorious grapes are splashed into your glass at the table, we want you to know what to pay attention to. It is not necessary to be a sommelier to tell the difference between a quality wine and a something below par. You just need to know a few things to get you started.

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Bordeaux 2016: Ben Godfrey's summary of the vintage
Bordeaux 2016: Ben Godfrey's summary of the vintage 5th May 2017 in Fine Wine

2015 was always going to be a hard act to follow, but Bordeaux has responded with another show-stopping vintage, which in many cases surpasses its predecessor.

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Why wine bottled at source is better
Why wine bottled at source is better 3rd May 2017 in Buying Guides

Wine has been exported from the vineyards of the world over many centuries. The methods of transportation might have changed from the days when the ancient societies of the Mediterranean used amphorae and barrels to ship wine between countries, however, one thing that has not changed is the demand for quality wine. The wine import/export business is now huge and the UK with its limited opportunities for growing grapes due to climate is one of the world’s biggest importers. Traditionally, wine was bottled at source to be exported but over the last decade an increasing quantity has been transported in containers to be bottled at filling plants in this country.

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What is a varietal?
What is a varietal? 27th April 2017 in Buying Guides

Newcomers to fine wine tasting often report that the labelling of the wine can be confusing; with different terms making it hard to understand a wine’s characteristics. One of the expressions often used about is ‘varietal’.

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Gain privileged access to sought-after wine before it's released to the open market
Gain privileged access to sought-after wine before it's released to the open market 28th March 2017 in Fine Wine

Buying En Primeur is a method of purchasing wine before it becomes more widely available on the open market, particularly from the more sought after regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy.

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2015 Burgundy
2015 Burgundy 14th March 2017 in Fine Wine

Quality shines through from top to bottom - in short, this will go down as one of the truly great vintages.

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