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GET YER TEUTON!

    When I started in the booze trade back in the mid-nineties, there was a truism that said that there were “Wine Nations & Beer Nations; but there was nowhere that managed to master both”   Utter bollocks, even back then and If there is one shining example of just how wrong it is, […]

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COME ALONG, KIDDIE WINKIES!

  Okay, I’m having trouble writing this and I think you guys might have trouble reading it, but have you seen the evil shit that has been going down over in the States? Godwin’s law has been well and truly shafted and “The West” is currently being led by a corrupt, senile, fascist, paedophile* who […]

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ARGENTINA YOUR FACE!

  If you’re reading this, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve drunk a fair bit of Malbec. The big, brambly, spice-bomb grape has cultivated quite a following over the last few years and with good reason: Boozy, indulgent, packed with character, but not too tannic, for many people it has become a “default” wine; The easy […]

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Edinburgh Beer Week.

 Chances are, you’re well aware of Edinburgh Beer Week. There are loads of events and tastings going on in town throughout the last week of May and of course, we’ll be getting in on the action. We are delighted to be hosting the guys from the Two Roads brewery. Join us from 5pm on Thursday 24th […]

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MAY WE HAVE YOUR ATTENTION.

Back in the closing weeks of 2017, at the instigation of Heather, we started collecting donations for the local food bank. To say we were inundated with donations would be putting it mildly: the generosity of our regulars was gobsmacking. We managed to fill several carloads (probably totalling at least two pallets worth) of food […]

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GRENACHE!

  We love Grenache. Despite being a cheap workmanlike grape, it somehow manages to be the backbone of some of the world finest wine. It’s spiritual home is the Lower Rhone ( or maybe Northern Spain ) but it’s grown with great success all over the world. Being soft in tannin, high in booze and […]

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Origin Unknown

Get your nanoviolins at the ready, because I am going to open this piece with a long gestating compliant on behalf of the booze retail community. It goes without saying, that when deciding what to fill our shelves with, we sample the wares of new and unfamiliar breweries. Thankfully, the breweries are keen to help […]

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Grin and Bear It

  When I was first enlisted into the army of Bacchus, ( over a quarter of a century ago now- bloody hell! ) my recruiting sergeant came in the form of a pork pie hat wearing, brown bear called George It was the pre-Loaded era, and when not swaggering about as and early exemplar of […]

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Don’t have Lao Khao, man.

A couple of weeks ago a good friend and colleague returned from a family holiday in Thailand bearing gifts- a couple of innocuous looking bottles of Thai booze. I naively assumed they would just be your bog-standard domestic lager in a fancy foreign bottle, but I was very wrong. Once in the glass, it was […]

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Flowing Bubbles

For our Spring tasting dinner, we’ve decided to pop a few corks, get busy with the fizzy and treat ourselves (and you) to an explosion of bubbles. We’ll shy away from the well trodden path of champagne (for budgetary reasons) and Prosecco (because there’s little to be said) Instead, we’ll offer you seven very different […]

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