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"25.10.2016 14:46:06" Timeline Photos Annegret Reh-Gartner of Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt was the source of our Society's Saar Riesling and countless other delicious wines over the years. Following her untimely death earlier this month, Sebastian Payne MW pays tribute to our dear friend:
"24.10.2016 14:40:18" Timeline Photos Too soon? For some reason our bearded friend here doesn't think so. The Wine Society Christmas Shop is now open! http://bit.ly/TWSChristmas16
"21.10.2016 14:53:08" Timeline Photos 'Bordeaux Best Buys' closes this Sunday! A delicious selection of under-£20 wines, along with tons of info on the region, including the full version of this rather fetching infographic... http://bit.ly/bdxbestbuys
"20.10.2016 12:03:02" Timeline Photos Today's harvest news comes from... Sussex! PR manager Ewan Murray has the latest on a very encouraging crop at Ridgeview Wine: http://bit.ly/ridgeview16
"19.10.2016 15:37:17" Timeline Photos Harvest stories keep coming in! Some stunning photos here from Viña Zorzal Wines in Navarra: http://bit.ly/zorzalharvest
"17.10.2016 12:22:15" Timeline Photos More harvest action, this time in the Loire, with news of a superb (if tiny) #Muscadet crop. Buyer Jo Locke MW was there to see the fruit come in: http://bit.ly/muscadet16
"14.10.2016 15:17:55" Timeline Photos Get the latest news from the #bordeaux2016 harvest at #TravelsInWine! Head of buying Tim Sykes's report is here: http://bit.ly/bordeaux16tiw
"11.10.2016 14:48:13" Timeline Photos Spanning seven vintages, 30 wines and four mixed cases, this is one of the best ready-to-drink selections of white Burgundies we've ever offered: http://bit.ly/wburgfornow
"10.10.2016 11:18:24" Timeline Photos Coining a new phrase: 'As happy as a dog in a vineyard'! #harvest2016 at Viña Zorzal Wines in Navarra, Spain
"07.10.2016 14:51:41" youtube.com Why Come To A Wine Society Tasting? We took our cameras to a number of Society wine tastings to hear why members (and staff!) enjoy coming to our programme of events, held throughout the UK and... NEW TASTINGS programme for January-March now online! Book early to avoid disappointment: http://bit.ly/TWSTastings
Includes Cheltenham, Salisbury, Newcastle, Harrogate, Tewkesbury, London, Edinburgh, Harpenden, Reading, Lewes, Tunbridge Wells, Liverpool,
"06.10.2016 12:29:13" Timeline Photos Especially good in the 2015 vintage and available for £5.75. Find all of this year's Members' Favourites at http://www.thewinesociety.com/favourites
"05.10.2016 11:42:34" Timeline Photos Bordeaux Best Buys: feast your eyes, noses and palates on these under-£20 reds and whites, which shone as benchmark examples in an independent blind tasting! http://bit.ly/bdxbestbuys
"04.10.2016 12:30:57" Timeline Photos As the mercury lowers and the nights draw in, October's Staff Choice is naturally… a rosé! Over to Showroom manager Lisa Fletcher: http://bit.ly/roseoct
"03.10.2016 11:03:01" Timeline Photos Over 100 antidotes for the Monday blues! Dive in and explore our award-winning buying team's latest finds: there's something for everyone... http://bit.ly/newwines
"02.10.2016 08:31:01" Timeline Photos We love Lascar - and so do thousands of Wine Society members! Find all the 2016 Members' Favourites at http://www.thewinesociety.com/favourites
"01.10.2016 08:59:01" Timeline Photos Roll up, roll up for the next #twstaste Twitter tasting! We'll be pouring and poring over two great-value southern French wines on 12th October - find the wines and more info here: http://bit.ly/twstasteld
"30.09.2016 12:30:57" Timeline Photos We found some buried Society treasure! http://bit.ly/buriedburg
"29.09.2016 14:03:18" Timeline Photos A much-loved £7.50 #Rioja from an excellent vintage. Find all the 2016 Members' Favourites at http://www.thewinesociety.com/favourites
"28.09.2016 12:14:03" Timeline Photos Sounds good to us! Find all the 2016 Members' Favourites at http://www.thewinesociety.com/favourites
"27.09.2016 14:45:27" Photos from The Wine Society's post 'A new generation has brought a new energy to South Africa's winelands, making this not just one of the most beautiful regions to visit, but also one of the most exciting. ' A very special #TravelsInWine: http://bit.ly/TiWSouthAfrica
"24.09.2016 09:16:00" Timeline Photos Pimp my harvest...?! (Spotted in the Tejo region, Portugal)
"23.09.2016 08:13:55" Timeline Photos New wines, new news! This week's press tasting offered a tantalising glimpse of soon-to-be-released wines... http://bit.ly/newwinesnews
"21.09.2016 12:42:37" Timeline Photos Roll up, roll up for the next #twstaste Twitter tasting! We'll be pouring and poring over two great-value southern French wines on 12th October - find the wines and more info here: http://bit.ly/twstasteld
"19.09.2016 14:19:54" Timeline Photos The latest Buyer's Shortlist is an eight-bottle showcase of Austria's 'Grü-V' flavours - don't miss it! http://bit.ly/austriashort
Find out what happened on buyer Sarah Knowles MW's last trip on #TravelsInWine: http://bit.ly/austria2016
"16.09.2016 14:00:07" Timeline Photos These happy bunnies know a thing or two about fine wine, clearly. Captions welcome!
* The Tale of Grand-Puyter Rabbit
* "I said Carrot, not Claret!"
* It's not Le Pin - it's Lapin
Over to you.
And if you fancy a drop of what they're having
"15.09.2016 10:01:01" Timeline Photos Our latest interactive wine map is now up and running - following on from Italy, we now have France. Click on the link to drill down and get to know your French appellations http://bit.ly/twsFranceMap
"14.09.2016 13:16:53" Timeline Photos This Friday is International Grenache Day. Gareth Park tells us why we should sit up and take notice of this oft unsung hero of the wine world http://bit.ly/twsGrenacheDay
"10.09.2016 08:57:00" Timeline Photos We're used to seeing members have some wine epiphanies at our tastings, but not quite like John Axworthy, who found his doppelgänger at our South Africa tasting last week!
"09.09.2016 10:31:27" Timeline Photos NEW Exhibition wines, plus plenty of welcome returns and old favourites. Check out The Society's flagship range: http://bit.ly/exhibition16
"08.09.2016 13:29:17" Timeline Photos Italy: the people, the places, the #Prosecco! Some background to our latest #TravelsInWine: http://bit.ly/ItalyTravels
"07.09.2016 14:00:24" Timeline Photos It's Christmas Gifts photography day... all looking rather delicious!
"06.09.2016 15:33:44" Timeline Photos An opportunity to revisit the fine #Rhône 2012 vintage: a mixture of wines bought at the time to keep in our cellars and some new wines we couldn't resist adding to our reserves. Enjoy! http://bit.ly/rhone2012
"02.09.2016 12:42:07" Timeline Photos Food Without Fuss. Check out this 'rice and easy' recipe - with wine matches, of course! http://bit.ly/riceandeasy
"01.09.2016 11:39:45" Timeline Photos 'Plenty of staff raised an eyebrow when Italy buyer Sebastian Payne MW proposed making this wine a Society label – until they tried it.'
This month's Staff Choice is a delicious, and hugely popular, £7.50 red from Sicily: http://bit.ly/SCsicily
"31.08.2016 12:54:22" Timeline Photos Sebastian Payne MW has been sniffing out the best Italian wines for Society members for 30 years... http://bit.ly/twsItaly16
"29.08.2016 10:22:00" Timeline Photos Join us on Instagram! @thewinesociety1874 https://www.instagram.com/thewinesociety1874/
"27.08.2016 14:01:01" Timeline Photos Five Italian regions in five days! A pretty punishing schedule, but buyer Sebastian Payne MW regularly makes this journey to put our name on the best wines of the recent vintage. And what a great vintage 2015 has proven to be! Find out more at
"26.08.2016 14:16:01" Timeline Photos Recently these two (normally quite sensible) members of staff cycled up the gruelling Mont Ventoux, visiting growers in Champagne and Burgundy en route. Thom Buzzard reports on a busman's holiday, on bikes: http://bit.ly/ventour
"25.08.2016 17:56:01" Timeline Photos This time next week on Twitter we'll be tasting two South African delights from our Buyer's Shortlist. Still time to order the wines and join in! http://bit.ly/twstasteSA
"24.08.2016 14:30:01" Timeline Photos Hot wines for hot weather, hot off the press! Ten summer tips from Jancis Robinson, The Wine Gang, Matthew Jukes, Tim Atkin and more... http://bit.ly/hotwines
"23.08.2016 14:18:27" Timeline Photos The most fun you can have with a Wine Society box?!
(Many thanks to Chris Nicholls for sharing!)
"22.08.2016 11:56:39" youtube.com Why Come To A Wine Society Tasting? We took our cameras to a number of Society wine tastings to hear why members (and staff!) enjoy coming to our programme of events, held throughout the UK and... We have THREE informal walkaround tastings coming up at Lord's Cricket Ground next month!
7th: Cape Crusaders http://bit.ly/CapeCrusaders
12th: South America http://bit.ly/SAmericaLords
26th: Members' Favourites http://bit.ly/MembersFavLords
"20.08.2016 09:15:00" Timeline Photos Your Society now comes with added Instagram! @thewinesociety1874 https://www.instagram.com/thewinesociety1874/
"19.08.2016 13:01:34" Timeline Photos Step this way for the inside track on a great vintage in the #Loire, where buyer Jo Locke MW has been visiting some of our top producers, such as Muscadet's Bernard Chéreau http://bit.ly/TiWLoire
"18.08.2016 13:48:58" Timeline Photos Nadia Barnard is making some very exciting wines at South Africa's Waterkloof Wines, two of which are available from The Society now. Buyer Jo Locke MW visited her recently: http://bit.ly/waterkloof
"17.08.2016 14:24:46" Timeline Photos Our monthly Twitter tastings resume on Thursday 1st September with two excellent drops from South Africa! http://bit.ly/twstasteSA
"16.08.2016 14:06:01" Timeline Photos Who likes Italian wine? Sebastian Payne MW's 'The Best Of Italy' is the result of 30 years' experience sourcing delicious bottles for members: http://bit.ly/twsItaly16
Take your own Grand Tour with our interactive map! http://bit.ly/HTBItaly
"12.08.2016 11:41:01" Timeline Photos The Wine Society now comes with added Instagram! @thewinesociety1874 https://www.instagram.com/thewinesociety1874/
"11.08.2016 13:31:00" Timeline Photos Something is rotten in the state of Umbria ... and it produces an exquisite wine. Freddy Bulmer gets the sweetest feeling from this amazing nectar made by Barberani. http://bit.ly/twscalcaia
"10.08.2016 13:05:00" Timeline Photos "This is what wine should do - help us to travel whenever we feel the need".
In the week we launch our 2016 Italian offering (http://bit.ly/twsItaly16), Luca de Marchi talks (in this video recorded last summer) of the relationship between his
"09.08.2016 14:27:18" Timeline Photos To accompany our latest offering (http://bit.ly/twsItaly16) of The Best of Italy, join us as we take a look back at the highlights of buyer Sebastian Payne MW's three decades of buying Italian wine for The Society. http://bit.ly/ItalySP
"08.08.2016 13:36:07" Timeline Photos Never one to be barking up the wrong tree, our showroom fine wine adviser Conrad took this corking (that's enough puns. Ed.) picture of his daughter on the edge of a Portuguese cork forest post-harvest recently. Impressive. What a tree-t ... (I said
"06.08.2016 09:11:01" Timeline Photos We're on Instagram! @thewinesociety1874
"05.08.2016 14:46:01" Timeline Photos Singled out for value: this 12-bottle case features six wines that have received especially glowing reviews from journalists for their combination of high quality and low prices. Available here http://bit.ly/valuerecs
"04.08.2016 15:10:39" Timeline Photos Off The Beaten Track: http://bit.ly/OTBTrack
In our audio grape pronunciation guide, we wrap our tongues around the names, so you can concentrate on wrapping yours around the delicious wines they make! http://bit.ly/grapepronguide
"03.08.2016 12:01:33" Timeline Photos Staff Choice: an Aussie chardonnay that's 'simply stunning every time', according to Stephanie from our Tastings Team! http://bit.ly/pemberleySC
"02.08.2016 12:41:37" Timeline Photos 'A remarkable, modest man will be very much missed, while his legacy lives on.' Sebastian Payne MW pays tribute to Professor Denis Dubourdieu, an exceptional winemaker, oenologist, consultant and dear friend of The Society: http://bit.ly/denisdubourdieu
"31.07.2016 16:18:04" Photos from The Wine Society's post #TravelsinWine: Marcel Orford-Williams journeys the south of France, the Massif Central & Corsica, snapping up and blending the best vats for our award-winning range. Read all about it here: http://bit.ly/TiWFrance16
"30.07.2016 10:10:00" Timeline Photos Pour some glamour into your summer! Society members don't just have an exciting range of wines at their fingertips... we also stock a hand-picked selection of liqueurs and spirits, perfect for summer aperitifs! Take a look at these beauties:
"29.07.2016 14:32:14" Timeline Photos Today is #NationalLipstickDay! Here's a useful little guide from wikiHow, showing how to remove lipstick from wine glasses... http://bit.ly/twsLipstick
"28.07.2016 14:06:43" Timeline Photos A once-in-a-lifetime offer, many years in the making...
The full range from Rioja's Bodegas Muga, including several vintages of some of their best wines - all bought when first released and matured in our cellars: http://bit.ly/twsMuga
"27.07.2016 15:40:00" Timeline Photos An exciting arrival: the first sample of a brand new addition to our Exhibition range, coming in September! Can anyone guess what it is? #mysterybottle #canyouguess
"26.07.2016 14:36:00" Timeline Photos We are delighted to be named International Wine Challenge Online Retailer of the Year. A good opportunity for a quick update on some recent web improvements for members... and what's next! http://bit.ly/OnlineDevelopments
"25.07.2016 10:43:29" Timeline Photos For your Monday morning: the happiest sheep in the world!
"22.07.2016 14:47:01" Timeline Photos 'Which other region of the wine world can tick all these boxes for less than £10 a bottle?' The great Andrew Jefford in praise of #sherry: http://bit.ly/jeffordonsherry
(Plus the chance to enjoy a bottle of Romate Fino Perdido at the special price of
"21.07.2016 20:50:44" Timeline Photos Such wines, such shirts... a big thank you to d'Arenberg's Chester Osborn!
"20.07.2016 14:01:44" Timeline Photos Yum! Just three of the goodies served at our recent USA Wine Workshop with buyer Sarah Knowles MW. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/USAworkshop
"19.07.2016 12:59:38" Timeline Photos Beyond the classics: Marcel Orford-Williams on The Society's International Wine Challenge award for Regional France, and why our range 'makes plenty of room for other French wines which much of the trade has barely discovered':
"18.07.2016 11:16:31" youtube.com Why Come To A Wine Society Tasting? We took our cameras to a number of Society wine tastings to hear why members (and staff!) enjoy coming to our programme of events, held throughout the UK and... Roll up, roll up - our tastings for the rest of 2016 have been announced! Click here to view the calendar of events: http://bit.ly/TastingsCalendar
Venues include Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Montreuil,
"15.07.2016 15:04:09" Timeline Photos #TravelsInWine: England! Take a peek behind the scenes of our exclusive wines from the excellent Three Choirs Vineyard Newent: http://bit.ly/TiWEngland
"13.07.2016 13:04:14" Timeline Photos 'Sun's out, guns out!' Conrad's top lunchtime wines for summer: http://bit.ly/summerlunchwine
"08.07.2016 15:31:45" Timeline Photos As you may well have heard by now, The Society did very well at the International Wine Challenge Awards. PR Manager Ewan Murray gives us a brief account of the festivities often referred to as 'the Oscars of the wine trade'. http://bit.ly/twsIWC16
"07.07.2016 23:05:14" Timeline Photos Delighted to announce that The Wine Society is the International Wine Challenge Wine Merchant of the Year, Online Wine Merchant of the Year and Specialist Merchant of the Year for both Regional France and South America! Thank you to the judges and to all
"07.07.2016 11:17:46" Timeline Photos A wine we, and our colleague Sarah Mercer, can't stop talking about! Our latest staff choice is the 2014 petite sirah from McManis Family VIneyards. http://bit.ly/McManisChoice
"06.07.2016 14:34:55" Photos from The Wine Society's post Spreading the word about The Society is our PR Manager Ewan Murray's raison d'être - here he highlights what some of the great and the good of the wine writing world are saying about our wines. http://bit.ly/TWS_hotpress
"05.07.2016 12:47:38" Timeline Photos Michael Brajkovich of Kumeu River is not one for 'running delirious laps around my barrel hall' in celebration. His modesty, like his winemaking and in particular his chardonnays, is world-class. Martin Brown tells us more ...
"04.07.2016 14:49:21" Timeline Photos Our Janet Wynne Evans lets us know what goes on between the (pasta) sheets ... The latest delicious Food Without Fuss recipe (lasagne with spinach, walnuts & gorgonzola) http://bit.ly/JWEsheets
"02.07.2016 09:08:01" Timeline Photos #TravelsinWine: Bordeaux En Primeur. Assessing wines still in barrel and making a judgement, not just about its quality, but also its potential keeping quality, is a challenging task: http://bit.ly/TiWBordeaux
"30.06.2016 15:40:50" Timeline Photos Discover Barberani's #Orvieto Amabile. Jo Goodman tells us about this delicious (slightly) sweet taste of Italy, with a dozen saving available until 12th July: http://bit.ly/amabile15
"26.06.2016 08:43:21" Photos from The Wine Society's post They've done it! Team Wine Society has completed the Three Peaks Challenge, in aid of The Eve Appeal, The Benevolent & Stevenage Community Trust! http://bit.ly/TWS3peaks
"22.06.2016 14:25:06" Timeline Photos Our Bordeaux En Primeur offer 2015 is now live.
Head of Buying Tim Sykes says:
"We are delighted to report that in 2015 Bordeaux has produced a very good, and in some cases excellent, vintage. It is without doubt the finest for the past five years and
"21.06.2016 14:13:36" Photos from The Wine Society's post As regular winners of the IWC Specialist Merchant for Alsace award, we need to keep up with what's hot and what's not. Jo Locke MW, our buyer for Alsace, shares a little of her visit to Millésimes Alsace 2016. http://bit.ly/MillésimesAlsace
"20.06.2016 18:34:01" Photos from The Wine Society's post One year ago today a team of intrepid Society staff cycled from Stevenage to Montreuil for charity; in four day's time, another will set off on the Three Peaks Challenge! http://bit.ly/TWS3peaks
"20.06.2016 12:33:11" Timeline Photos Finally the much-anticipated moment has arrived. It's 'the big reveal' of our 2016 Wine Champions! Freddy Bulmer shares just some of the highlights. http://bit.ly/Champs16
"16.06.2016 16:11:09" Timeline Photos Near the Loire Valley next month? Like jazz and/or sparkling wine? Step this way! Free entry for Society members: http://bit.ly/jazzinsaumur
"15.06.2016 15:15:18" Timeline Photos Summery #recipes from beautiful Istria: three simple delicacies via one of the top producers in this Croatian region, Vina Laguna (and would be especially delightful with their £6.50 malvazija white!). Enjoy! http://bit.ly/TWSRecipes
"14.06.2016 15:37:47" Timeline Photos The wine, then the food? Or the food and then the wine? We want to know which comes first! http://bit.ly/foodwinefood
"11.06.2016 09:17:00" Timeline Photos Happy #NationalRoséDay! There's still time to join in our special pink #TWSTaste on Thursday - wines and details here: http://bit.ly/TWStasteJun16
"10.06.2016 13:51:07" Timeline Photos The 2016 Wine Champions will be unveiled very soon! These 40 best-in-class bottles were whittled down from a whopping 784 contenders, tasted blind by our expert buyers. Find out more from Freddy Bulmer, who organised this mammoth series of tastings:
"09.06.2016 12:21:04" Timeline Photos Not a bad-looking venue for Austria's top wine event, #Vievinum! Buyer Sarah Knowles MW reports back after finding some wonderful wein in Wien - look out for more gems in our range soon. http://bit.ly/vievinum16
"08.06.2016 14:28:24" Timeline Photos Saturday is #NationalRoséDay! Should you fancy observing it, our buyers have tasted over 100 of the new vintage's best to arrive at this six-strong shortlist: http://bit.ly/SummerPinks
"07.06.2016 16:33:01" Timeline Photos Not entirely sure about these doctor's orders spotted in Beaujolais... Chief Medical Officer certainly would not approve!
"07.06.2016 12:11:26" Timeline Photos 'Amid a sea of sickly or insipid #Prosecco, this bottle really shone. It's refreshing and crisp, and made me want to order a large supply.' – Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph
"05.06.2016 09:08:00" Timeline Photos #TravelsInWine Piedmont: the home of #Barolo, #Barbaresco and so much more! Get the latest news in our new e-publication! http://bit.ly/TiWPiedmont
"04.06.2016 09:15:01" Timeline Photos Are you an 'ABC' (Anything But Chardonnay)? Or even an ABS(auvignon)?! Fear not! We've put together a mouthwatering selection of lesser-known whites to explore, including a mixed case with a £7.30 saving: http://bit.ly/ExploreWhites
"03.06.2016 14:35:23" Timeline Photos NEW interactive Italy wine map! This new addition to our 'How To Buy Italy' guide lets you hop around Italy's different regions and find out key facts. More maps will follow - do let us know what you think: http://bit.ly/HTBItaly
"02.06.2016 14:16:10" Timeline Photos Staff Choice: the grapes for this remarkable Italian red spend some time on the winery's roof before going into the vat! Find out more from Matthew Kirk here: http://bit.ly/graticciaia
"01.06.2016 14:43:29" Timeline Photos A sometimes-bumpy but very successful buying trip to South Africa! Jo Locke MW gives a quick update from Stellenbosch, via Kanonkop Wine Estate & Warwick Wine Estate: http://bit.ly/JoInTheCape
"31.05.2016 14:03:50" Timeline Photos It's #EnglishWineWeek! If you're near Stevenage, come and join the party - our Cellar Showroom has a host of homegrown fizz, white and rosé available to taste! Info: http://bit.ly/ShowroomTastings
"27.05.2016 12:41:29" Timeline Photos With a superb run of recent vintages, now's the time to discover the food-friendly white wines of the #Rhône, says our Conrad Braganza. Here are his top recommendations from £7.50 per bottle, with food matches: http://bit.ly/whiterhone
"26.05.2016 13:14:55" Timeline Photos Ever tried #Cairanne wine? This beautiful village is now the 17th cru of the Côtes-du-Rhône, joining the likes of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Hermitage: http://bit.ly/cairannecru
"25.05.2016 15:04:23" Timeline Photos Besides visiting our French Showroom of course, there's so much to do in #Montreuil-sur-Mer. Read our French colleagues' top tips, and current vins du jour, here: http://bit.ly/montreuiltips
"24.05.2016 14:24:20" Timeline Photos Save up to £120 per dozen on 54 wines (including these six!) with 'Great Savings For Summer': http://bit.ly/greatsavings16
No multi-buy this year - just stock up on a minimum of one unmixed dozen or pre-mixed case to get the discount!
"23.05.2016 14:09:04" Timeline Photos #TravelsInWine: Champagne. A look behind the scenes at "the world's most drinkable address", Pol Roger! http://bit.ly/PolRogerTravels
"20.05.2016 14:16:00" Timeline Photos We've just shipped a delicious new vintage of this £7.25 Uruguayan chardonnay! A chat with winemaker Santiago about the bird on the label led to a fascinating explanation, too, which Jo Goodman shares here: http://bit.ly/uruguaybirds
"19.05.2016 12:30:53" Timeline Photos Not long to go until the unveiling of the 2016 Wine Champions, whittled down from 784 contenders to just 40 present-perfect winners! Freddy Bulmer drops a few hints in these tales from the tasting room! http://bit.ly/champs16tastings #winechamps2016
"18.05.2016 17:28:01" Timeline Photos Whilst setting up for our Harrogate tasting earlier today, our Matthew and Jon witnessed a marriage proposal! Congratulations to the happy couple - enjoy the Champagne!
"18.05.2016 13:46:15" Timeline Photos Very pleased to see several wines receive medals and trophies from Decanter and the IWC (International Wine Challenge)! Take a look at the winners here: http://bit.ly/WinningWines2016
-A Decanter Trophy for our NEW Exhibition Rioja
"17.05.2016 12:45:55" Timeline Photos #TravelsInWine: Portugal. Get the inside track from a revelatory 3-day tour of the Douro, featuring Quinta do Vale Meão, Graham's Port & Niepoort Vinhos by way of Vinho Verde's Quinta de Soalheiro http://bit.ly/TravelsDouro
"16.05.2016 13:59:22" Timeline Photos Remembering pioneering Languedoc winemaker Aimé Guibert, of Mas de Daumas Gassac, who passed away this weekend at the age of 91. http://bit.ly/rememberingaime
"13.05.2016 13:50:24" The Wine Society's cover photo
"12.05.2016 12:39:50" Timeline Photos It's nearly time to unveil the 2016 Wine Champions - the best of our best for drinking now, whittled down via a blind tasting of 784 wines! The first reports from the tasting room: http://bit.ly/champs16news #winechamps2016
"11.05.2016 14:16:47" Timeline Photos #TravelsInWine: trainee buyer Freddy Bulmer makes his first ever visit to #Bordeaux with head of buying Tim Sykes. Society favourites Sichel, Dourthe and Moueix, a car chase with Fabrice Dubourdieu and an airport fistfight all feature!
"10.05.2016 14:18:24" Timeline Photos Bringing #Gigondas to the UK: buyer Marcel Orford-Williams on giving members a flavour of one of the #Rhône's most exciting regions: http://bit.ly/GigondasUK
"09.05.2016 12:49:55" Timeline Photos #TravelsInWine: Austria with Sarah Knowles MW & Martin Brown. Get a 10-point primer on Austrian wine, venture behind the scenes of our new Society's Grüner Veltliner and much more! http://bit.ly/austria2016
"08.05.2016 17:53:00" Timeline Photos "Your cellar is about to be flooded. What bottle would you save?"
"Funny story that..."
Oops! Find out more from Paul Hotker of Bleasdale Vineyards in our quick-fire 'Ferment' interview! http://bit.ly/bleasdaleiv
"07.05.2016 09:21:01" Timeline Photos #BuyersFavourites: Joanna's £7.95 alfresco rosé pick
Corent Côtes d'Auvergne, Saint-Verny 2015
“Mineral-rich volcanic soils add an appetising, zesty twist to this rosé's natural sunny disposition, which is more generous still in the excellent 2015
"06.05.2016 14:35:45" Timeline Photos "I live and work in (new world) chardonnay heaven." Edward Tomlinson from Lenton Brae is making great-value Margaret River chardonnay, which you can find in our current Australia offer; here we put him on the spot for our quick-fire 'Ferment' interview!
"05.05.2016 11:53:16" Timeline Photos NEW: Get the inside track from The Society's award-winning buyers! "Travels In Wine" brings you the latest insights and stories from their trips throughout the wine world: http://bit.ly/TravelsInWine
"04.05.2016 13:27:32" Timeline Photos Members' response to our latest Aussie selection has been amazing; and, fittingly, May's Staff Choice is a showstopping red from Wirra Wirra Wines, chosen by Alex Vooght: http://bit.ly/ChurchBlock13
"03.05.2016 14:40:26" Timeline Photos OVER 100 NEW WINES - from claret to Georgian saperavi - to broaden horizons and revitalise wine racks! Come and explore.. http://bit.ly/ViewNewWines
"29.04.2016 14:35:01" Timeline Photos Spring sauvignon blanc... with a twist! A look at some of the sauvignon blends currently available: http://bit.ly/sauvignontwist
"28.04.2016 14:32:16" Timeline Photos BORDEAUX 2015: unquestionably the finest vintage for the past five years. Our first en primeur pre-order offer of the top wines is available now! http://bit.ly/BordeauxEP15 #bordeaux2015
"27.04.2016 12:31:04" Timeline Photos Recipe time! A hotpot twist on a mediterranean fish pie forms Janet Wynne Evans's latest 'Food Without Fuss' (wine matches, of course, come as standard): http://bit.ly/LDhotpot
"26.04.2016 14:41:20" Timeline Photos #BuyersFavourites: Pierre's special Spanish choice:
Domaines Lupier El Terroir Garnacha 2010
“I was really impressed when I visited this small set-up - they own some of the oldest garnacha vines in Navarra (dating back to 1903) and craft a serious, fine
"23.04.2016 09:02:01" Timeline Photos #BuyersFavourites: Mark's £8.95 #StGeorgesDay bottle!
Three Choirs Payford Bridge 2014
“The 2014 crop was one of the best I've seen... A producer's dream! It gave us the possibility to craft this blend of bacchus and reichensteiner and produce an ideal
"22.04.2016 12:07:55" Timeline Photos #BuyersFavourites: Sebastian's £7.50 Sicilian star…
The Society's Sicilian Reserve Red 2012
“Sicily is one of my favourite places. The country, sun and sea are beautiful. There is so much to stimulate the imagination in its history, and the food and wines
"21.04.2016 14:59:35" Timeline Photos 'Wine Without Fuss' has been a trusted source of regular deliveries for Society members for nearly 30 years. Here, trainee buyer Freddy Bulmer explains the care and attention that goes into selecting these wines: http://bit.ly/TastingWithFuss
"20.04.2016 13:26:59" Timeline Photos #BuyersFavourites: Mark's £7.25 household favourite…
Côtes-du-Rhône, Domaine Jaume 2014
“A favourite in our household... this blend from the Jaume family in Vinsobres never fails to hit the spot. It has upfront fruit and is smoothly finished with a hint
"19.04.2016 14:27:41" Timeline Photos #BuyersFavourites: Tim's £5.95 fridge-door staple…
The Society's Vinho Verde 2015
“My fridge door invariably contains a bottle of this super-fresh crowd pleaser of a wine, ready chilled for emergencies. Vinho verde has undergone a renaissance in recent
"18.04.2016 14:40:48" Timeline Photos Sabina Salamun of Vina Laguna is visiting Society HQ today. Have you tried Croatian wine before? Vina Laguna's delightfully refreshing Malvazija white at £7.25 is a lovely place to start! http://bit.ly/laguna2015
"15.04.2016 14:20:18" Timeline Photos A 'belting good value' ham recipe - which makes a brilliant match for the wines in our current Germany offer - courtesy of Janet Wynne Evans. Enjoy! http://bit.ly/hockrecipe
"14.04.2016 15:45:01" Timeline Photos d'Arenberg's Chester Osborn is one of Australia's top winemakers and one of the industry's true characters. We find out about his most memorable wines, what makes him tick and which of his bottles he'd save from a fire! http://bit.ly/chesterferment
"13.04.2016 13:25:26" Timeline Photos Remembering Etienne Hugel of Famille Hugel, Alsace, who passed away so suddenly last weekend. Society buyer Marcel Orford-Williams pays tribute to our great friend: http://bit.ly/rememberingetienne
"11.04.2016 12:42:03" Timeline Photos 'What is clear is that 2015 is a very good vintage, unquestionably the best for claret since 2010.' Head of Buying Tim Sykes offers his first impressions of #bordeaux2015: http://bit.ly/TimSykesBdx15
"09.04.2016 08:33:00" Timeline Photos Buy six bottles of The Society's Champagne by this Sunday to save £49 AND be in with a chance of winning two places on a rather special trip to Champagne and Paris! http://bit.ly/gratienprize
"06.04.2016 13:01:04" Timeline Photos Buy six bottles of The Society's Champagne by this Sunday to save £49 AND be in with a chance of winning two places on a rather special trip to Champagne and Paris! http://bit.ly/gratienprize
"05.04.2016 14:08:36" Timeline Photos 'Serve it as a surprise choice for your guests, and it will be noticed!' Milda Olendre recommends a delightful sweet, sunshine-friendly fizz for April's Staff Choice: http://bit.ly/SCMoscato
"04.04.2016 08:50:22" Timeline Photos Some good news for #sherry lovers! Just 3 weeks to go until #EnRama2016 from TIO PEPE arrives: here's a sneak preview of the label
"02.04.2016 08:49:01" Timeline Photos A wonderful review of our 2012 Exhibition Victoria Shiraz (£13.50) from Matthew Jukes in Moneyweek! Find the wine here: http://bit.ly/ExhShiraz
"There is every reason for every one of you to rush to their cellar and empty it of every bottle. It comes
"01.04.2016 06:00:00" Timeline Photos Wine tastings with karaoke - just one of the ways that The Society is using to make its tastings and events even more popular and more approachable. Ewan Murray tells us more ... http://bit.ly/WineAndSong
"31.03.2016 15:08:13" Timeline Photos Drawing a blanc on a nice white to try? Conrad Braganza from The Cellar Showroom shines a spotlight on the oft-overlooked joys of the pinot blanc grape, including his top under-£10 picks from #Alsace: http://bit.ly/drawblanc
"30.03.2016 14:26:48" youtube.com Mission Estate Hawke's Bay Syrah 2014, wine review Every Sunday Tom Cannavan of wine-pages.com chooses a new wine of the week. For 27th March 2016 the Mission Estate Hawke's Bay Syrah 2014 from New Zealand is... We do enjoy the dulcet tones of wine-pages.com's Tom Cannavan! His current wine of the week is Mission Estate Hawke's Bay Syrah 2014. You can buy it here: http://bit.ly/missionsyrah (NB £10.95, not £10.75!)
"29.03.2016 16:53:01" Timeline Photos *Last Chance - Exclusive Introductory Offer* If you buy our 'World Classics' taster case and join any Vintage Cellar Plan before the end of the month, you'll receive one month's free subscription! http://bit.ly/VCPtaster
"28.03.2016 09:43:01" Timeline Photos Find the perfect wine for your dish in a couple of clicks with our Food & Wine Matcher! http://bit.ly/TWSfoodwinematch
"25.03.2016 08:51:01" Timeline Photos *Exclusive Introductory Offer:* If you buy our 'French Classics' taster case and join any Vintage Cellar Plan before the end of the month, you'll receive one month's free subscription! http://bit.ly/VCPtaster
"24.03.2016 22:02:02" The Wine Society Our online guide to grape pronunciation helps you to get your tongue around even the most challenging of varieties! http://bit.ly/grapepron Find out how to get your tongue around all those tricky grape names
"24.03.2016 10:48:01" Timeline Photos Our online guide to grape pronunciation helps you to get your tongue around even the most challenging of varieties! http://bit.ly/grapepron
"23.03.2016 15:20:20" Timeline Photos 'Sometimes people ask me what I drink at home after the List has gone to print. Well, the answer’s beer!'
Take a peek behind the scenes of The Society's List.. http://bit.ly/BehindTheList
"22.03.2016 16:38:02" Timeline Photos *Exclusive Introductory Offer:* If you buy one of our Taster Cases and join any Vintage Cellar Plan before the end of the month, you'll receive one month's free subscription! http://bit.ly/VCPtaster
"21.03.2016 15:01:58" independent.co.uk The Wine Society's spring collection offers variety and value The question for any serious wine lover is not, can you can afford the Wine Society's £40 lifetime membership but, with £20 off your first order, can you afford not to join? Fringe benefits such as delivery, storage and voluminous tastings aside, TWS '...can you afford not to join?' Wise words from Anthony Rose in The Independent, along with some great tips for Easter drinking!
"18.03.2016 16:10:01" Timeline Photos What is it about the mighty oak that makes it have such an affinity with wine? Get the facts from Caroline Gilby MW: http://bit.ly/oakinwine
"17.03.2016 16:28:48" Timeline Photos Buyer Sebastian Payne MW has been looking east: fresh from the Prowein fair in Düsseldorf, he gives us a quick update on Greece, Turkey and Moldova.. oh, and Germany! http://bit.ly/SPProwein
"16.03.2016 16:33:03" Timeline Photos Thought about your Easter feast yet? Take a look at our online recipe book, including wine matches aplenty and even some tips for your leftover hot cross buns! http://bit.ly/WWNRecipes
"15.03.2016 15:44:34" Timeline Photos Three peaks for three great causes.
The Eve Appeal - The Benevolent - Stevenage Community Trust
Read on as Ewan Murray tells the story behind our Three Peaks Challenge ...
"14.03.2016 16:47:00" Timeline Photos Check out http://bit.ly/twstasteyork for a nice write-up by The Press in York of our last '#TWSTaste' Twitter tasting!
If any tweeters fancy joining in for the next one, we'll be tasting two Bordeaux wines on 5th April (7.30-8.30pm UK time): Ch Bel Air
"12.03.2016 09:46:01" Timeline Photos WIN a trip to Champagne Alfred Gratien, our longest-serving suppliers, this summer! http://bit.ly/gratienprize
"11.03.2016 15:37:01" Timeline Photos Sparkling wine is produced all over the world in an enormous choice of styles. Want to try something new? Our buyers select their current personal favourites here: http://bit.ly/fizzyfavourites
"10.03.2016 11:00:06" Timeline Photos Delighted to see that The Society is number 1 in The Independent's round-up of the best wine 'clubs' in the UK! http://bit.ly/indybest
"09.03.2016 13:48:28" Timeline Photos The Society's CEO, Robin McMillan, is the source of our Staff Choice for March: a red Society-label stalwart from the south of France! http://bit.ly/staffchoicerobin
"07.03.2016 15:11:18" Timeline Photos Head of Buying Tim Sykes has recently taken on the buying of #Bordeaux for The Society. Here he talks about how it has been going so far, and about his love of this great region’s wines: http://bit.ly/timsykesbdx
"04.03.2016 13:30:36" Timeline Photos #Lamb for all seasons! Janet Wynne Evans's 'Food Without Fuss' for Easter offers up TWO lamb recipes (using the same ingredients), with potatoes and vegetable timbales. Enjoy! http://bit.ly/lambforallseasons
"02.03.2016 16:09:10" thewinesociety.com Winemaking - Guides - Wine World & News - The Wine Society An Argentine winemaker once said that winemaking was 50% science and 50% emotion. New Zealand winemaker Paul Pujol replied that in his opinion it was 1% art, 1% science and 98% cleaning! Our current List takes winemaking as its theme, and includes snippets on how a vine is turned into one of life's greatest pleasures. You can find a series of articles on winemaking on our website - including a vine-to-bottle overview and more detailed
"01.03.2016 12:52:09" Timeline Photos If you could plant vines anywhere, where would you choose? Find out how NZ pioneers Craggy Range Winery (source of our brand new Exhibition Hawke's Bay Red) came to be: http://bit.ly/CraggyRangeTWS
"26.02.2016 16:38:05" Timeline Photos NEW Blind Spot wines! Buyer Sarah Knowles MW introduces four additions to our exclusive range of Australian gems: http://bit.ly/blindspot16
"25.02.2016 16:26:14" Timeline Photos Superb whites and stand-out reds - the fruits of the 2014 Burgundy vintage are available to order en primeur now: http://bit.ly/burgundy2014
"23.02.2016 13:32:00" Timeline Photos In/near/passing through Stevenage? Our BIN-END SALE WEEK will be running from Saturday 12th-19th March. For an idea of what'll be on offer (and a special mixed case for those unable to attend), head here: http://bit.ly/showroomevents
"19.02.2016 15:08:01" Timeline Photos The 2016 Wine Champions blind tastings are all but done! After 14 sessions covering over 700 wines to find the best of the best from our range it's just the final taste-off to go!
"18.02.2016 11:52:22" Timeline Photos Anyone fancy a #SocietyTreasureHunt?! Some remarkable discoveries from members / staff here: http://bit.ly/SocietyTreasureHunt
"17.02.2016 13:32:00" Timeline Photos 'WHAT TO DRINK IN 2016': our head of buying Tim Sykes' annual rundown of what to seek out, open and enjoy this year - plus a mixed case of top-rated bottles for £89 including UK delivery: http://bit.ly/winesfor2016
"16.02.2016 12:39:37" Timeline Photos Dry, Dry & Dry Again: Caroline Gilby MW examines the pros and cons of ‘dry farming’ in a wine world where the subject of drought is increasingly being talked about: http://bit.ly/drydrydry
"12.02.2016 15:23:44" Timeline Photos The most inspired rebranding in the history of Oz? We look back at a triumph of creativity over adversity in the naming of one of Australia's finest cabernets: http://bit.ly/thedeadringer
"09.02.2016 14:27:55" Timeline Photos Know your Gobelet from your Lyre?! Why do you train grape vines, and why so many different techniques? Caroline Gilby MW’s latest article provides the answers: http://bit.ly/CordonedOff
"08.02.2016 13:42:12" Timeline Photos The perfect recipe for a #Valentine’s Day meal à deux (with wines to match, of course!): grilled, marinated salmon, slow-cooked top-side of beef and heart-shaped Neufchâtel cheese to finish.. http://bit.ly/valentinesadeux #ValentinesDay
"05.02.2016 16:19:10" Timeline Photos After a (ahem) dry January, our Staff Choice section returns for February. Gareth Park from our Marketing Team recommends an under-£7 #Loire gem... http://bit.ly/staffchoicefeb
"04.02.2016 12:57:05" Timeline Photos Delighted to have Terry Peabody and Hannah Gordon from New Zealand's Craggy Range Winery here today to take us through their fantastic range of wines - including this sneak preview of a brand new Exhibition-label red - available soon!
"03.02.2016 14:32:19" Timeline Photos NEW service introduced after members' feedback: In-Bond Members' Reserves. Pay Duty & VAT only when you transfer/withdraw your en primeur wines. You can take a look at our current en primeur offer of 2014 #Rhône & #Languedoc wines here: http://bit.ly
"01.02.2016 15:51:15" Timeline Photos FERMENT is our new series of 15-minute interviews with some of the most talented winemakers with whom we work. Here's a taster, courtesy of #Rhône maestro Richard Maby! http://bit.ly/FermentMaby
"28.01.2016 15:27:54" Timeline Photos Our buyers are about halfway through the 2016 Wine Champions tastings to find the best of our best for members to enjoy. Seven sessions down - seven more (and a final taste-off) to go!
"27.01.2016 14:59:21" Timeline Photos We received the sad news from Bulgaria this week that Dr Ognyan 'Ogy' Tzvetanov, owner/winemaker at Borovitza, passed away suddenly on Sunday. Few if any members of the British wine trade were closer to this remarkable man than Caroline Gilby MW, who
"26.01.2016 13:24:28" pointsoflight.gov.uk A battle through blogging - Points of Light Fighting cancer through writing Recently our colleague Louise Wisson was the recipient of the Prime Minister's 'Points of Light' award, in recognition of how she 'has used her experiences battling a rare form of cancer to raise funds and hope for other sufferers.' We couldn't be mo
"25.01.2016 15:29:45" Timeline Photos Our en primeur offer of 2014 #Rhône and #Languedoc wines is now available! A lovely vintage for reds and breathtaking for white wines. From only £49 per dozen: http://bit.ly/rhone14
"22.01.2016 15:43:40" Timeline Photos Calling all tweeters!! Our next #twstaste Twitter tasting is not far away: join us on Thu 4th Feb, 7.30-8.30pm, where we'll all be trying an Italian duo from the current Italian offering (http://bit.ly/italyflavours16) - Pecorino Abruzzo, Contesa 201
"21.01.2016 14:37:42" Timeline Photos What was in The Society's List 100 years ago? The answers might surprise you! Here's a #throwbackthursday and a half from Sebastian Payne MW: http://bit.ly/16List #tbt
"19.01.2016 15:10:58" Timeline Photos '2015 is a fantastic vintage for Marlborough sauvignon blanc! Yields were down 20% but the grapes harvested were pristine.' - Society buyer Sarah Knowles MW. Find a thirst-quenching selection of 2015s here: http://bit.ly/marlbSB15
"14.01.2016 12:17:09" Timeline Photos 'An amuse-bouche with a wow factor, this recipe is blissfully easy.' Tuck into Janet Wynne Evans' latest 'Food Without Fuss' here: http://bit.ly/aprawnrecipe
"13.01.2016 16:08:37" Timeline Photos '...still remarkably good AND fresh, and complemented a buttery and flavoursome chicken admirably.' Jo Locke MW discovers the joys of a 2003 #Muscadet in 'Cellar Surprises': http://bit.ly/muscadet03
"11.01.2016 13:09:00" Timeline Photos 'Ferment' is our series of 15-minute interviews with top winemakers throughout the world. Here's Châteauneuf-du-Pape's Guillaume Gonnet (Domaine Font de Michelle) on his favourite wines, winemaking philosophy and more... http://bit.ly/fermentgonnet
"07.01.2016 13:17:33" Timeline Photos Any members wondering why they've yet to receive their January List: fear not! Head of Buying Tim Sykes explains some slight tweaks to our 2016 schedule: http://bit.ly/wheresmylist
"06.01.2016 12:51:17" Timeline Photos Jeff Grosset is one of the world's greatest winemakers and a pioneer of the Australian wine industry. We caught up with him recently to find out more about him and his exceptional wines: http://bit.ly/grossetiv
Try them for yourself, alongside archiv
"05.01.2016 13:39:01" Timeline Photos 'It would be difficult to overstate his contribution to Alsace. As a winemaker he had no master.' We are very sorry to report the death of Jean Meyer of the great Domaine Josmeyer. Society buyer Marcel Orford-Williams remembers him here: http://bit.l
"04.01.2016 14:46:14" Timeline Photos On a January diet? So is our warehouse! Pick up a bargain in our Bin-End Clearance here: http://bit.ly/binendsclearance
"31.12.2015 13:09:46" What's going on here at Viña Real in #Rioja? Find out, and experience some of the sights and sounds of the region's 2015 harvest, here: http://bit.ly/rioja15pt2
"30.12.2015 11:48:31" Timeline Photos A great read for those who've been enjoying a #Rioja or two this Christmas: a recent study trip planned to get to Rioja just before the harvest, but 2015 turned out to be a record early vintage! As such, news editor Jo Goodman found herself in a regi
"29.12.2015 14:22:09" Timeline Photos SAVE £15 per 12 on the 'amazingly elegant' (Olly Smith, Mail on Sunday) Blind Spot Pinot Noir, £9 per dozen on 'one of the best-value wines I have had this year' (Hamish Anderson, Telegraph), Adega de Pegões, £16 a dozen on the 'bargain' (Fiona Becke
"27.12.2015 10:21:01" Timeline Photos Our Champagne deals - http://bit.ly/ChampagneDeals15 - are available until New Year's Eve, but be sure to order by tomorrow if you'd like to crack open a bottle or two to welcome 2016. If you're having trouble choosing, our new infographic features a
"24.12.2015 11:24:00" Photos from The Wine Society's post A very Merry Christmas to all our members, from everyone at The Wine Society (and #SocietySanta) - may all your Christmases be wine!
"23.12.2015 15:32:01" Timeline Photos Finishing the bottle: strain leftover wine of any colour through a sieve, lined with a paper towel, into a saucepan. Boil gently down to half its volume to concentrate flavour. Cool completely, freeze in an ice-cube tray and hey presto! Defrost to or
"22.12.2015 15:30:01" Timeline Photos Serving temperatures:
Sparkling – well-chilled 6-10°C
Lighter whites – not more than 10°C
More full-bodied whites – 11-15°C
Medium reds should not be served above 16°C
Fuller reds are best 16-19°C
More information: http://bit.ly/servingtemps
"21.12.2015 16:49:00" societygrapevine.com Champagne low-down: a new infographic :: Society Grapevine To the un-initiated Champagne is just another fizzy wine with little to distinguish it from all the rest. However, for such a fascinating and beguiling wine this is an incalculable under-estimation. Bond-esque product placement and over-zealous sport There's still time to take advantage of our Festive Deals on Champagne offer for New Year http://bit.ly/ChampagneDeals15 . Find out more about how Champagne is made and how to pick a style you like with the help of our new Champagne infographic. Find
"21.12.2015 10:04:01" Timeline Photos The deadline for UK Christmas delivery has now passed, but our Cellar Showroom in Stevenage will be open until 4pm on Christmas Eve: http://bit.ly/cellarshowroom
"20.12.2015 10:39:01" Timeline Photos 'Order BY MIDNIGHT TONIGHT for UK Christmas delivery,' says #SocietySanta! Our Member Services team is on hand to take your call until 5pm. http://bit.ly/moretimetoorder
"19.12.2015 10:48:01" Timeline Photos Opening sparkling wine: remove a sparkling wine or Champagne cork safely by keeping a hand over it while gently rotating cork and bottle in opposite directions..
..or treat yourself or someone else to a Champagne Star – the perfect stocking filler fo
"18.12.2015 09:46:40" Timeline Photos CHRISTMAS ORDER DEADLINE EXTENDED for most parts of the UK until midnight on Sunday! http://bit.ly/moretimetoorder
"17.12.2015 15:55:00" Timeline Photos Opening older bottles: corks from long laid-down bottles are often soft with age and liable to crumble, so use a corkscrew with a good long spiral worm and remove the cork with great care. You can never have too many corkscrews! Choose from a classic
"16.12.2015 16:48:34" Timeline Photos In the run-up to the big day, we will be sharing a few tips from our Christmas List. Today: decanting!
Decanting is the best way to maximise the aroma and flavour of a wine. Stand the bottle upright for 24 hours before decanting if at all possible. W
"15.12.2015 14:04:35" Timeline Photos It's day one of the 2016 Wine Champions tastings! Every year our buyers convene to taste a range of wines under blind conditions to find the best of our best bottles for members' enjoyment. One session down, 20 to go!
"12.12.2015 10:14:01" Photos from The Wine Society's post Last week #SocietySanta was on reception, manning the phones, welcoming visitors to our Members' Room and helping in The Cellar Showroom. We did give him a break to play a game or two of pool though!
"11.12.2015 15:01:01" Timeline Photos NEW port infographic: demystifying a Christmas favourite! You can find the full-sized version along with some more helpful morsels on the blog: http://bit.ly/portgraphic
"10.12.2015 16:10:26" Timeline Photos We're up to door no. 10 in our #advint calendar!
Each daily door reveals a new festive tip, article, video or other source of festive inspiration, right up to Christmas Eve. Today, something for those 'chocophiles' among you! http://bit.ly/advint15
"08.12.2015 15:15:20" Serving #Champagne with food: Janet Wynne Evans has some great tips here! For her full series of festive food-and-wine videos, check out http://bit.ly/complements
"07.12.2015 15:49:10" Photos from The Wine Society's post The halls have been decked at our Cellar Showroom in Stevenage! Members are welcome to pop by, enjoy a taste and stock up on a variety of festive nibbles. Over 800 wines are available to buy on the spot, and orders can be placed in advance for collec
"06.12.2015 09:52:01" Timeline Photos Place any order before midnight TONIGHT for automatic inclusion in our Christmas prize draw! Two remarkable cases of treats and 100 bottles of Champagne are up for grabs. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/TWSprizedraw
"05.12.2015 10:28:00" Photos from The Wine Society's post We have a new Christmas temp helping out here in Stevenage! Here's how his first week has been going. We'll update on his progress here next weekend, or you can follow the #SocietySanta tag on Twitter...
"04.12.2015 15:08:07" societygrapevine.com Painted Wolf: Cape Wines With a Conscience Protecting an endangered species while making a life-affirming beverage for humans = our kind of people! Jeremy from PAINTED Wolf Wines in South Africa was kind enough to share his story with us and highlight their conservation work (recently recogn
"03.12.2015 12:54:44" Photos from The Wine Society's post The old lodges across the river in Vila Nova de Gaia, where port wines have been stored and matured for generations, have all been spruced up to receive visitors, none more so than GRAHAM'S Port Wine, writes buyer Jo Locke MW... http://bit.ly/grahams
"02.12.2015 16:35:40" Timeline Photos Win rare Rioja!
Buy 12 bottles or more of The Society's Rioja Crianza by 18th December and you could win a case of rare vintage Rioja from Bodegas Palacio’s private museum bin. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/winrarerioja
"01.12.2015 15:56:30" Timeline Photos Time to open the first window in our #advint calendar! http://bit.ly/advint15
Each day will reveal a new festive tip, article, video or other source of festive inspiration, right up to Christmas Eve. Enjoy!
"30.11.2015 14:56:36" Timeline Photos Members can feast their eyes, nose and palate on the excellent, complementary '13+'14 #Beaujolais vintages here: http://bit.ly/beaujolais1314
Plus a new infographic to help tell your Chénas from your Chiroubles!: http://bit.ly/BeaujolaisIG
"29.11.2015 10:09:00" Timeline Photos Help your fellow members! We get more new Society members at this time of year than any other. Is there anything you wish youd known about The Society when you first joined that would have made membership more fun or interesting? Please do share your
"28.11.2015 10:03:00" thewinesociety.com Hot Stuff: Rising Alcohol Levels In Wine - Winemaking - Guides Wine has almost certainly been a social lubricant since people first settled in one place long enough for fruit to ferment. Even 6,000 years ago, wine already had a ritualistic role around funeral rites - as shown by evidence from the oldest winery.. Why are alcohol levels in wine rising? Caroline Gilby MW examines the facts and finds that we cannot put it all down to climate change... http://bit.ly/alcoholinwine
"27.11.2015 14:47:09" thewinesociety.com Great-Value Wines Mixed Case, Buy Wine - The Wine Society ‘The Wine Society is unparalleled when it comes to everyday drinking’ - Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph. We're proud to offer members great-value wines every day of the week. Here's a case of six bottles, all praised by wine journalists for offering value for money, for £48 with free UK delivery. It will be the same price tomorrow, too!
"26.11.2015 14:36:18" Timeline Photos Crucial festive question: what is the best wine for mince pies?! We road-tested three classic options here, with a clear winner emerging at the end: http://bit.ly/mincewines
Do let us know if you have any other suggestions!
"24.11.2015 15:03:20" Timeline Photos #CHAMPAGNE: SAVE UP TO £95 per six! Savings available on Bollinger, Pol Roger, Charles Heidsieck, Louis Roederer, Boizel & Alfred Gratien: http://bit.ly/ChampagneDeals15
Can't decide which to pick? Our infographic contains a chart of the houses' sty
"23.11.2015 15:29:07" Timeline Photos Fresh thoughts on food for #Sauternes and #Barsac: a great new resource on sweet-wine and food matching by Janet Wynne Evans: http://bit.ly/freshthoughts Do feel free to suggest your own matches too!
"22.11.2015 10:55:04" Photos from The Wine Society's post When we published some notes on how various clarets were maturing, you asked for more! Here we check in on more than 10 vintages of Angludet, Batailley, Belgrave, Charmail & Grand Corbin-Despagne with wine writer Stephen Brook: http://bit.ly/decadest
"21.11.2015 19:41:39" Timeline Photos Wine of the week on JancisRobinson.com is our Sánchez Romate Fino Perdido, at the 'crazily low price of £7.25 a bottle.' http://bit.ly/JR_Perdido
"20.11.2015 14:10:59" Timeline Photos During what was a poignant week to visit Paris, Marcel Orford-Williams attended a special #Rhône tasting, featuring most producers from the oft-underrated regions of Cornas and Saint-Péray. His thoughts can be found here: http://bit.ly/rhoneinparis
"19.11.2015 14:19:27" Timeline Photos 'I really feel that American wine has turned a corner over the last five years' - Sarah Knowles MW, Society Buyer
With our first USA offer in five years live now, and Thanksgiving a week away, Sarah gives us a few pointers on what to try: http://bit.
"18.11.2015 14:30:06" thewinesociety.com The Society's Sicilian Reserve Red 2012, Buy Wine - The Wine Society Produced for us from carefully selected grapes from both the Ragusa and Agrigento regions of Sicily, this wine is partly aged in French oak barrels before 12 months’ rest in bottle prior to release. The result is a deeply coloured, smooth, generous a Have you tried the new Society's Sicilian Reserve Red yet? Order before Sunday and enjoy it at the special introductory price of £6.75 per bottle thanks to supplier support (normal price £7.50 – a saving of £9 per dozen): http://bit.ly/sicilianred
"17.11.2015 16:16:55" Timeline Photos This Christmas, why not give the gift of a lifetime of good wine? You can buy a gift membership of The Society for £40 (with no annual fee or obligation to buy) with £20 towards a first order credited to the account. Find out more: http://www.thewine
"13.11.2015 14:09:16" Photos from The Wine Society's post New labels, new faces and new wines: Jo Goodman shares her thoughts from a fascinating visit through #Portugal's Douro and beyond. You can explore the wines in our current Portuguese offering, which is available until Sunday! http://bit.ly/dourobeyon
"12.11.2015 14:40:37" Timeline Photos ‘Why can’t I smell these flavours that everyone else seems to be picking up?’ Member Services' Thom Buzzard takes a look at the science behind this common wine-tasters' frustration: http://bit.ly/perceivingflavour
"11.11.2015 15:57:31" Timeline Photos NEW offerings online, including buyer Pierre Mansour's 62-wine Spanish selection: http://bit.ly/TWSSpain15
A good time to revisit our #Rioja infographic (view in full size: http://bit.ly/riojainfog)
"10.11.2015 16:21:57" Timeline Photos Rise of the Machines! Does it really matter if grapes are harvested by hand or machine? Master of Wine Caroline Gilby gets underneath the romantic notions of vintage time to explain the pros and cons of each approach: http://bit.ly/pickingvsmachine
"06.11.2015 14:54:14" Timeline Photos Starter-ing to think about Christmas food? The latest 'Food Without Fuss' blog post offers a host of tips on appetisers, from classic nibbles to the impressive but easy sweet-and-sour saor (pictured): http://bit.ly/forstarters
"04.11.2015 13:12:30" Timeline Photos Congratulations to Society buyer and new Master of Wine Sarah Knowles MW, who at last night's graduation ceremony also received the Noval prize for best research paper!
You can read about Sarah's experience of this notoriously rigorous qualification
"03.11.2015 16:30:53" Timeline Photos Place any order before Sunday 6th December for automatic inclusion in our Christmas Prize Draw! Find out about this year's prizes here: http://bit.ly/TWSprizedraw
"02.11.2015 16:35:42" youtube.com Vintage Cellar Plan from The Wine Society Wine Society buyers Tim Sykes and Joanna Locke MW introduce Vintage Cellar Plan, the simple affordable way to create a cellar of fine wine. Visit http://www.... The simple, affordable way to create a cellar of fine wine. Buy one of our two taster cases and subscribe to any Vintage Cellar Plan before 30th November and receive one month's free subscription! http://bit.ly/vintagecellaroffer
"29.10.2015 15:35:55" Timeline Photos World-class wine is being made in this beautiful, remote part of north-west Bulgaria. Here are the top 5 things our own Martin Brown learned on his recent visit to Society suppliers Borovitza: http://bit.ly/borovitza
"28.10.2015 14:43:40" Timeline Photos There are still a few wines available in our Penfolds offering: http://bit.ly/twspenfolds
Penfolds also took us through some of their latest releases recently. You can read trainee buyer Freddy Bulmer’s thoughts here: http://bit.ly/penfoldswithsam
"27.10.2015 13:36:08" Timeline Photos A marathon with stops for wine and food? Le Marathon du Médoc is no ordinary long-distance run, as Member Services' Cheryl Lee found out a few weeks ago... http://bit.ly/marathonmed
"26.10.2015 17:16:19" uk.coop Speaker profile: Matthew Kirk on marketing and communications | Co-operatives UK Matthew is the Wine Society's Head of Marketing. He manages a team of around 20 covering all marketing channels including printed direct mail, emails, web, apps and social media. Matthew is also responsible for new member acquisition and CRM/membersh Delighted to see this mention on Co-operatives UK's Facebook page & thought our members would be interested to read it too...
"23.10.2015 20:13:00" Timeline Photos Janet Wynne Evans finds pots of pure gold at the end of the Rainbow Nation tasting... http://bit.ly/capefoodandwine
"22.10.2015 11:19:35" societygrapevine.com Photogenic Fizz :: Society Grapevine To celebrate the arrival of the first English wine under The Society’s Exhibition label we wanted to mark the occasion by getting members involved in the festivities. Win a half case of The Society's new Exhibition English Sparkling wine. Send us a photo of you enjoying our brand new sparkler somewhere in the UK to these pages or Twitter using #PhotoFizz
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by 4th December. Fi
"20.10.2015 13:27:10" Timeline Photos Burgundy lovers, or even those yet to discover its joys, will find much to enjoy here! We tasted a large number of red Burgundies recently (from the superb 2012s back to 2000) - here are those judged most ready for drinking: http://bit.ly/burgundyfor
"16.10.2015 13:19:54" Timeline Photos #Montreuil is home to much more than our French showroom! Recently visiting members were treated to a fascinating talk from Oxford University’s Dr Rowena Archer on the battle at nearby Agincourt. Find out more here, plus information on the next histo
"15.10.2015 16:00:46" Timeline Photos ‘The most undervalued, dynamic and complex wine...’
Keen wine student David Mitchell discovered the joys of sherry recently - here's his summary of the remarkable array of styles and flavours that awaits those yet to do the same... http://bit.ly/She
"13.10.2015 14:53:13" Timeline Photos From those waiting to pick to those sorting feverishly, Bordeaux is a varied place at harvest time. Buyer Jo Locke MW checks in on a few members' favourites, including Branaire-Ducru, Durfort-Vivens and Pey La Tour: http://bit.ly/Bdx15CheckIn
"12.10.2015 11:32:01" Timeline Photos 'Justified and Ancient'? Do old vines make any difference to a wine - and what constitutes ‘old’ anyway? Master of Wine and doctor in plant sciences Caroline Gilby is the person to ask! http://bit.ly/justifiedandancient
"09.10.2015 15:53:01" youtube.com Why Come To A Wine Society Tasting? We took our cameras to a number of Society wine tastings to hear why members (and staff!) enjoy coming to our programme of events, held throughout the UK and... Tickets for our first tastings of 2016 are available now! http://bit.ly/TWSevents
"08.10.2015 15:20:56" Timeline Photos Wine brings out the poet in us all...on National Poetry Day we share a poem from Wine Society member Anne Stevenson - a poet not just today, but everyday...http://bit.ly/poetryandwine
"07.10.2015 12:19:28" Timeline Photos What happens at a vineyard and winery during the 'quiet' winter period? More than some might think is the answer, according to the team at Dog Point in New Zealand... http://bit.ly/DogPWinter
"06.10.2015 11:59:44" Timeline Photos Some happy Society members enjoying our last Twitter tasting. You are cordially invited to join us for the next edition - a tasting of two Languedoc wines with buyer Marcel Orford-Williams - on the 15th! Here's the info: http://bit.ly/LanguedocTastin
"30.09.2015 10:50:33" Timeline Photos #Rhône lovers, rejoice! Buyer Marcel Orford-Williams summarises his first tastings and impressions of the 2014 vintage here - and the wines are looking very exciting: http://bit.ly/onrhone14
"29.09.2015 14:07:40" Timeline Photos Introducing our brand new Exhibition English Sparkling Wine - plus the chance to WIN six bottles... if you make it snappy! http://bit.ly/SparklingPics
"28.09.2015 15:00:27" Timeline Photos 'Unlike Hermitage, or even Châteauneuf, Gigondas is far less well known, its secret is still largely hidden.' It was this that prompted buyer Marcel Orford-Williams to make #Gigondas the final destination for his tour of the #Rhône with prize-draw wi
"26.09.2015 09:10:00" Timeline Photos 'My wife thinks we should install an alarm in the house to go off when we are down to our last few bottles. It's that good.' Staff choice for Member Services' Daniel Rogers is a delicious £5.50 Chilean red: http://bit.ly/societystaffchoice
"25.09.2015 14:15:33" Timeline Photos 'An accountant's nightmare; a wine-lover's dream...'
Very excited to announce that a unique offering of matured Penfolds wines is coming soon! Here's Society buyer Pierre Mansour with the details: http://bit.ly/TWSpenfolds
"24.09.2015 12:48:25" Timeline Photos 'Seeing him at work was like seeing a glimpse into the past… If ever there was ever a wine that told of its origins it was Noël Verset’s Cornas.'
Marcel Orford-Williams pays tribute to the great Rhône winemaker, who recently passed away at the age o
"23.09.2015 15:25:13" youtube.com Vintage Cellar Plan from The Wine Society Wine Society buyers Tim Sykes and Joanna Locke MW introduce Vintage Cellar Plan, the simple affordable way to create a cellar of fine wine. Visit http://www.... Vintage Cellar Plan offers Society members a simple, affordable way to create a cellar of fine wine.
Buy a taster case and sign up to any plan and enjoy a month's subscription free of charge: http://bit.ly/VCPmonthfree
"22.09.2015 15:22:15" Timeline Photos It's 'nice weather for ducks' at Society HQ at the moment; at Villeria Wines in South Africa, however, ducks are being used in the vineyards as an effective form of pest control, albeit one without great common sense in the face of an oncoming 4×4! h
"19.09.2015 13:14:00" Timeline Photos Taking a blind grape test at Château de Pitray. ‘Le potentiel est incroyable’ – that’s the view of Domaine de Chevalier’s winemaker, Rémi Edange, of the 2015 Bordeaux vintage reports head of buying, Tim Sykes, as he continues his whirlwind tour. http
"18.09.2015 10:02:45" Timeline Photos Head of Buying, Tim Sykes, joins the pickers for lunch at Château Angludet during his whistle-stop tour of Bordeaux to get an early impression of the 2015 harvest. ‘Château Beaumont’s head winemaker, Etienne Priou, had a smile on his face, always a g
"17.09.2015 16:36:13" societygrapevine.com Passing the Masters of Wine Exam :: Society Grapevine Last week marked the conclusion of a process I started six years ago, and I am delighted (and relieved) to announce that I passed the Masters of Wine exam. Last week buyer Sarah Knowles found out that she has passed her Masters of Wine exam, the most highly regarded professional qualification in the wine trade. Being able to put MW after your name is no mean feat and for Sarah it was a process that star
"16.09.2015 16:30:08" Timeline Photos 'Always the bridesmaid, never the bride...' says Conrad Braganza of the grenache grape. Well this Friday it's time for its day in the spotlight as its many, but not-so-well-known, virtues get celebrated on International Grenache Day. Our Showroom wil
"15.09.2015 13:10:44" Timeline Photos Making wine in a cool area prone to strong winds - and, occasionally, bush fires - can be a challenge! Jo Locke MW shares some of the ingenious methods (and stunning scenery) at Eagles' Nest Wines in Constantia, South Africa: http://bit.ly/enest15
"14.09.2015 15:20:34" Timeline Photos What's better than a delicious pork fillet recipe? Three of them! Janet Wynne Evans presents an autumnal hat-trick in the latest 'Food Without Fuss' - enjoy! http://bit.ly/filletwithflavour
"12.09.2015 09:35:01" Timeline Photos Tasting by Twitter is the latest thing to capture the imagination of Society members. Our resident tweeter Ewan Murray takes a look back at our latest #TWStaste session, and looks forward to the next one ...http://bit.ly/TWStaste4
"11.09.2015 11:21:01" Timeline Photos When buyer Marcel Orford-Williams took a group of prize-draw winning members to the #Rhône this summer, even he was to make some new discoveries … who knew that Hermitage La Chapelle and chocolate were a good combination?! Find out more here http://b
"10.09.2015 14:30:52" Timeline Photos At Decanter's Retail Awards this week, The Society was voted National Retailer of the Year for the fifth consecutive year. To 'feel the love for wine', as one judge mentioned, read on ... bit.ly/TWShighfive
"08.09.2015 13:12:01" Timeline Photos A pair of new videos help explain what our Tastings & Events programme is all about from the team's point of view and, most importantly, from the members' point of view too! http://bit.ly/GoTasteAndSee
"04.09.2015 14:19:26" The Wine Society: Tastings & Events We host over 140 tastings each year throughout the UK and in France. Here our head of Tastings Simon Mason tells us all about the different types of events and what to expect to those yet to take the plunge! Find out what's coming up at http://bit.ly
"03.09.2015 16:13:26" Photos from The Wine Society's post The 2015 #Rhône harvest is underway! According to our buyer Marcel Orford-Williams, 'quality is good and the vineyards are in great shape.' Find out more here: http://bit.ly/rhoneharvest
"02.09.2015 15:14:46" Timeline Photos More on Germany's 2014 #riesling vintage, including visits to JJ Prüm, Willi Haag and more, as well as some useful information on those oft-tricky labels!: http://bit.ly/WSinGermany2
"01.09.2015 14:38:18" Timeline Photos The spoils of Germany's 2014 #riesling vintage are available now!
Campaign manager Yvonne Blandford accompanied our buyer Sebastian Payne MW to meet the producers and select the wines, and had her love of Germany's wines rekindled by the experience:
"28.08.2015 14:36:36" Opening anything special this weekend? To celebrate 50 years of The Society in Stevenage, Sebastian Payne MW treated some of our members to an unforgettable tasting, spanning wines from the 1960s to the present day. Ewan Murray's summary of the tasti
"26.08.2015 10:45:56" Why Come To A Wine Society Tasting? 'For not very much money you can taste a whole lot of wines in a very convivial, happy atmosphere.'
Find out why members join us at over 140 events each year across the UK and in France in this short video:
"24.08.2015 14:05:03" We caught up with Camel Valley Vineyard winemaker Sam Lindo (pictured left with his father, Bob) recently for a chat about his award-winning #Englishwine: http://bit.ly/toastofbodmin
"22.08.2015 09:12:03" Will you be opening a Society bottle this weekend?
Our communications editor, Joanna Goodman, has recently rediscovered a £6.50 white whose flavours 'are teased out, embellished and sing out, seemingly with whatever food you choose to serve it with'
"21.08.2015 14:23:16" Recent design changes to our website for mobile and tablet visitors explained by our head of digital marketing, Nicky Glennon: http://bit.ly/societydesign
As always, do give us your feedback, good or bad... Have a great weekend!
"20.08.2015 13:18:03" Do you understand your 'patch of dirt'? On a recent trip to Australia food and wine writer Nina Caplan discovered some fascinating experiments taking place that take that understanding to a whole new level. http://bit.ly/patchofdirt
"19.08.2015 13:16:27" SUMMER CLEARANCE: some enticing savings to be had, including but by no means limited to sauvignon blanc: http://bit.ly/wsclearance15
Janet Wynne Evans offers up a sauvignon-perfect hake and salsa verde recipe on the blog here: http://bit.ly/whatnosau
"18.08.2015 12:35:59" Some members may have seen some (arguably pre-emptive) headlines about the quality of the 2015 #Bordeaux vintage. Our buyer, Jo Locke MW, endeavours to set the record straight: http://bit.ly/jolockebdx15
"17.08.2015 15:00:30" Have you found your perfect match yet? Salads and wine are not always the happiest of bed fellows, but if you can get the balance right, there are some matches made in heaven to be discovered. Take a look at our recipe page if you need some inspirati
"14.08.2015 08:02:04" Delighted to unveil the wines we'll be trying at our next #TWSTaste Twitter tasting! (More info: http://bit.ly/twstaste3)
Join us on August 27th on Twitter as we taste the below wines with buyer Sarah Knowles:
• Blind Spot King Valley Pinot Gris 20
"13.08.2015 10:48:30" For over 30 years Sebastian Payne MW has been buying Italian wine for Society members. What have been the highlights so far? The most striking changes? The biggest challenges ahead? Gareth Park caught up with him yesterday to find out: http://bit.ly/
"12.08.2015 12:59:10" England's Finest: NEW offering of sparkling & still wines available now! http://bit.ly/englandsfinest
Yet to take the plunge? Here's Hugo with why now is the time to tuck into English sparkling wine: http://bit.ly/englandfizz
"10.08.2015 12:05:55" With our Provence rosé offer in full swing, Marcel Orford-Williams has written a NEW How To Buy guide exploring the key places, people and pointers for getting the most out of the region's delightful wines: http://bit.ly/htbProvence
"07.08.2015 15:03:01" By far the most popular piece on Society Grapevine this week has been Conrad's treatise on chilling red wines: http://bit.ly/coolreds. Today we discovered that his cat takes this subject every bit as seriously...
Have a lovely weekend!
"06.08.2015 12:09:31" 'P is for Pink is for Provence,' says buyer Marcel Orford-Williams. Here's his top 5 reasons why now is the time to be drinking these delicious rosés, including food matches and tips: http://bit.ly/pinkprovence Bon appétit!
"04.08.2015 14:42:45" Don't be afraid to chill your red wines, says Conrad Braganza, who has been conducting selfless experiments to see which wines respond best to time in the fridge! The results are here: http://bit.ly/coolreds
"03.08.2015 14:21:00" Heads up! Our next #TWStaste Twitter tasting will be held on Thu 27th August, when we'll be trying two Australian wines. Hope you can join us. More info to follow; in the meantime here's a summary of the format & our previous tasting: http://bit.ly/t
"02.08.2015 09:11:01" 'This makes for an extremely pleasant, easy-drinking white, as well as a perfect addition to almost any meal.' Member Services' Cheryl Lee looks to Sardinia for her staff choice - a delicious under-£10 vermentino: http://bit.ly/societystaffchoice
"30.07.2015 14:29:25" The weekend forecast looks kind and we've still got rosé on our minds! Here Emma Briffett from our Tastings Team offers some wise tips (and a delicious caponata recipe) on matching pink wines with food: http://bit.ly/roseandfood
"29.07.2015 14:29:43" New to our range, and selected solely on merit, is our first 'celebrity wine': Miraval Rosé 2014 from Provence, via Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt & the Perrin family! Have you tried it? Do let us know what you think... http://bit.ly/twsmiraval
"28.07.2015 14:37:03" Our normally iron-willed Conrad Braganza has been taken out of his wine-choosing comfort zone recently, thanks to the amazing summer options provided by the white wines of Spain and Portugal. Here he picks a few favourites: http://bit.ly/iberiansumme
"27.07.2015 14:44:18" From Roman relics to robots! DOMAINE GUIGAL's blend of tradition & technology is a marvel, says Nicky Glennon, who visited the iconic #Rhône estate with Society members last month: http://bit.ly/guigalvisit
"26.07.2015 09:05:03" From 'a superb harvest of beautifully balanced wines' comes our small but perfectly formed 2014 White Burgundy opening offer - featuring wines from François D'Allaines, Olivier Leflaive, Château de Beauregard & Château du Clos: http://bit.ly/WhiteBur
"24.07.2015 13:27:54" A chance encounter with a heavenly #Alsace eau de vie made from yellow Mirabelle plums leaves Joe Mandrell pondering whether we make enough of our spirits selection. A weekend tipple par excellence! http://bit.ly/eaudevie
"23.07.2015 12:21:50" What do Spanish & Portuguese white wines have in common with the 1987 boxing match between Frank Bruno & Chuck Gardner?! Gareth Park takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the evolution of our current Iberian Whites offer: http://bit.ly/iberianwhites
"22.07.2015 13:12:04" Ever wondered what it's like to set up your own vineyard? In the last in an award-winning series of articles by wine writer turned winemaker Richard Mayson gives a candid account of the trials and tribulations, and the joy of a great vintage and pres
"21.07.2015 14:13:18" 'What's in a vintage?' Nicky Glennon visits Château de Beaucastel, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with our lucky prize-winning members to learn more about this iconic #Rhône estate: http://bit.ly/beaucastel15
"20.07.2015 12:59:40" '...it’s hard to think of another wine-producing country where the average level of quality is so high.' A useful primer on #Austria's wines from author Stephen Brook, whose forthcoming book will be the first on Austrian wine for over a decade: http:
"16.07.2015 12:08:25" NEARLY 400 WINES REDUCED IN PRICE! Our new List brings with it some good news for summer with a large quantity of wines, including many bestsellers, reduced in price. Find out more - and which wines - here: http://bit.ly/julyreductions
"15.07.2015 14:50:38" Charles Sichel's family has been making The Society's Claret for 25 years! To celebrate, our Willy Wonka of Bordeaux has placed 25 'silver' corks in the new batch, entitling the lucky finders to a magnum of Château Angludet! More info: http://bit.ly/
"13.07.2015 12:54:46" Ever tried wine from #Moldova? We have two priced at under £6! Find them here, and take a look at Caroline Gilby MW's assessment of the new face of this ancient wine country: http://bit.ly/moldovafinds
"09.07.2015 16:55:45" thewinesociety.com Austria - Latest Offers - Features & Offers - The Wine Society Austria, Latest Offers, Features & Offers, The Wine Society Is grüner veltliner a foodie’s new best friend? Janet Wynne Evans is convinced it is. Tasting through hundreds of samples of the grape in Austria made her hanker after a favourite recipe for Thai-style halibut & broccoli curry. If you’re still to mak
"07.07.2015 13:15:01" "No questions are ever asked and much of what goes on is strictly illegal."
No, not a rave in the Members' Reserves cellar, but rather the shady dealings in the southern French world of truffles. Rhône buyer Marcel Orford Williams tells us more ... h
"06.07.2015 15:14:18" ‘…like a giant game of pass the parcel…’ find out more about what goes on behind the scenes in The Society’s warehouse in our latest Day in the Life of…article by Laura Vickers: http://bit.ly/DITLwarehouse
"05.07.2015 09:33:01" Last year we launched our first ever offer devoted to Austrian wine, and the response from members was remarkable. We're delighted to announce a new selection for this year from buyer Sarah Knowles: http://bit.ly/austria15 Come and explore!
"04.07.2015 09:03:00" World-renowned Alsace winemaker and longtime friend of The Society Jean Trimbach from Maison Trimbach paid us a visit recently to talk about his wines and The Society. Don't miss our current #Alsace offer of the 2013s here: http://bit.ly/alsacewines2
"03.07.2015 12:50:00" Master of Wine and the man behind 'The Liberator' Richard Kelley explains the idea behind his project, which brings us some of the Cape's best vinous gems in a creative and original way. Try the two latest 'Special Editions' here: http://bit.ly/liber
"02.07.2015 17:31:05" Wine and cake?! Janet Wynne Evans has a savoury treat in store for Wine Without Fuss subscribers and Society Grapevine readers with this series of recipes and wine matches: http://bit.ly/fusscake
"02.07.2015 16:21:21" Power update - all restored in the building, phones and e-mail now returning to normal. Once again, thank you for your patience.
"02.07.2015 13:35:58" Power update: we have a severed power cable nearby. We expect normal service to be resumed at around 4pm. Once again, thank you for your patience.
"02.07.2015 13:12:16" Please note that we have suffered a power cut in our corner of Stevenage, so we have no access to telephones or our systems. Please bear with us while we sort the problem. Thank you.
"01.07.2015 11:16:56" Phew! As the UK basks, buyer Sarah Knowles is off to New Zealand to find us some more sauvignon blanc... only thing is, it's winter over there: http://bit.ly/sauvignonwinter
"30.06.2015 11:23:14" New Zealand's Marlborough region may be world famous for its sauvignon blanc, but it's the region's pinot noir that captivated our own Paul Shipley. Here he explains why, offering two delicious tips to try and food-matching options: http://bit.ly/mar
"29.06.2015 11:53:42" Two of the masters of the #Rhône visited London on the same day recently: Philippe Guigal (pictured with family) and Michel Chapoutier. Our Marcel Orford-Williams was there to meet both and assess, among others, some first tastes of the 2014 vintage:
"28.06.2015 09:40:03" 'I made the mistake of thinking pinot gris was going to be like pinot grigio. I couldn't have been more wrong.' Justin Webb falls in love with Alsace pinot gris: http://bit.ly/pinotgrisdiscovery
Pinot gris excelled in the 2013 vintage - find the wine
"27.06.2015 08:53:01" Member Services' Paul Bousfield has a sparkling recommendation for his staff choice: '...I have been lucky enough to try a number of sparkling wines. The pick of the bunch, in my opinion, is our own Saumur.' http://bit.ly/societystaffchoice
"26.06.2015 14:34:03" '10 Things I Learned in Alsace' by our own Justin Webb, who accompanied buyer Marcel on a trip that offered 'countless experiences, from seeing how the buyers select the best wines to learning the history behind the flute-style bottles that don't fit
"25.06.2015 12:10:40" Here's a roundup of wines stocked by your Society that were awarded trophies and gold medals by the International Wine Challenge and Decanter World Wine Awards: http://bit.ly/awardwines
"24.06.2015 11:43:50" Brand new wines, a name change, a visit from three generations of the same family... it's all go at the great #Alsace houses of Hugel wine and Maison Trimbach! Marcel Orford-Williams tells us more: http://bit.ly/hugeltrimbach
"23.06.2015 12:43:33" Next Thursday: join us for a special Twitter tasting of two of our 2015 Wine Champions! http://bit.ly/TWSTaste #TWSTaste
"22.06.2015 13:37:26" 'While even I would stop short of claiming that a recipe could be life-changing, the discovery of a particularly useful one does make me wonder how I ever got along without it.' A delicious and Wine-Champion-friendly recipe (from ingredients likely t
"21.06.2015 17:15:02" We're looking for a new Head of Operations! Details of the position and how to apply can be found here: http://bit.ly/HeadofOps
"20.06.2015 20:19:41" They've done it! Bravo to Team Wine Society who today cycled some 148 miles from our Stevenage Showroom to our French Showroom in Montreuil, raising over £3,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
(If you would like to donate, then you can still do so via
"19.06.2015 14:58:38" Some more info on New Zealand's 2014 vintage from the good people at NZ Wine. Many of the spoils can be found in buyer Sarah Knowles's selection here: http://bit.ly/NZfeature
"18.06.2015 11:36:30" 'And what a vintage Alsace 2013 has turned out to be…'
Buyer Marcel Orford-Williams' pick of the wines is available now, accompanied by this insight into the selection process and our recent member tastings of #Alsace wines: http://bit.ly/alsacespri
"17.06.2015 11:52:01" The very best of luck to our seven brave colleagues (five of whom are pictured), who'll will be cycling from our Stevenage Showroom to our Montreuil-sur-Mer Showroom this Saturday: a distance of some 148 miles in one day. It is partly in celebration
"16.06.2015 12:05:35" 'And the winners are...'
We are delighted to unveil the 2015 Wine Champions! Our buyers blind-tasted nearly 700 wines to arrive at these 43 victors: the best of our best for drinking now, from £5.25 per bottle. We hope members enjoy them: http://bit
"15.06.2015 12:43:05" Gareth Park tells us a little more about two delicious new #SouthAfrica exclusives from the refreshingly quirky 'The Liberator' project: http://bit.ly/liberatorbrothers
"13.06.2015 09:10:01" 'I tried some... and was amazed: sweet but balanced with acidity, and full of concentrated honey and pineapple flavours.' Digital insight manager David Mitchell recommends a popular sweet white here: https://bit.ly/societystaffchoice
"11.06.2015 12:16:22" Ahead of our offer of #NewZealand wines next week, here's a look at the 2014 vintage in numbers, courtesy of NZ Wine:
"08.06.2015 14:09:34" The 2015 Wine Champions will be unveiled very soon! A full-sized version of this infographic showing some of this year's numbers, movers and shakers can be found on our blog, alongside buyer Sarah Knowles's thoughts on her first full 'Champs' campaig
"05.06.2015 13:30:38" 'One of the best-value Rhône reds' (Fiona Beckett, Guardian), Delas's Grignan-les-Adhémar (£6.95), is back in stock: http://bit.ly/grignan14
'You simply must track this wine down!' was Matthew Jukes's response to the 2013 vintage in The Daily Mail, a
"04.06.2015 12:35:36" Jo Locke MW is in South Africa, where long-term suppliers Klein Constantia and newcomer Eagles' Nest both had lucky escapes when bush fires struck towards the end of this year's harvest: http://bit.ly/joinsafrica1
"03.06.2015 11:58:28" Our Society Grapevine blog is home to all manner of articles and updates from over the years, which you can navigate using the tags and sections on the page. With our 'Explore Rioja' offer out now, here's the Rioja archive, including buyer Pierre Man
"30.05.2015 09:39:00" '...it has such a generous and mouth-filling flavour not unlike a mature claret and it is only £7.95 a bottle.'
Joe Barrington selects one of our best-loved Argentine reds for his Staff Choice: https://bit.ly/societystaffchoice
"28.05.2015 08:54:01" We're recruiting! Is marketing campaign management your bag? Then this job may be for you... http://bit.ly/TWSjobs
"27.05.2015 12:11:20" By George, it's #EnglishWineWeek! If you live in/near Stevenage then do pop into our Showroom for a chance to try some homegrown gems. If you can't, then here's Conrad Braganza's guide to some of the highlights should you wish to investigate further
"21.05.2015 12:19:15" We love good #rosé! But we are not so fond of many of the lazy myths surrounding it in the UK. Here Jo Goodman debunks the cliché of pink wine being 'for the ladies' and suggests some sound principles, and #recipes, for food and rosé matching: http:/
"20.05.2015 15:09:13" Great Savings For Summer: order two or more cases (choose from whole cases of over 50 wines and/or nine mixed cases) to save up to £43 per dozen! http://bit.ly/greatsavings15
"19.05.2015 10:37:36" We're delighted to announce that not one, but two of The Society's Exhibition wines have been awarded trophies by the International Wine Challenge this week.
The Society's Exhibition Crozes-Hermitage 2012, made for us by Nicolas Perrin, won the Croz
"18.05.2015 12:21:47" 'This year we have managed to make a slight price reduction, and the wine is better.'
How do we create our bestselling wine, The Society's White Burgundy? Martin Brown braves a cavalcade of samples, speed-negotiating and scarcity to find out: http://
"16.05.2015 09:41:01" 'A lovely summer evening tipple, it is great matched with food, especially if it has a bit of spice!'
Dulcie Buckenham from Member Services picks a £6.50 Chilean favourite for her Staff Choice: https://bit.ly/societystaffchoice
"15.05.2015 14:16:33" There's nothing quite like visiting a vineyard to get the essence of a wine and the talent and work required to make it... with this in mind, it's our pleasure to share this cracking read from member James Tweddle about his visit to Ocean Eight in Au
"14.05.2015 14:24:45" Now this is an interesting one... can you actually use #corked wine for cooking? Under some circumstances yes, according to expert David Bird MW!
Jo Goodman explains here. We'd love to hear your thoughts! http://bit.ly/corkedbottles
"12.05.2015 13:03:57" youtube.com Mac Forbes: The Blind Spot range The Wine Society's exclusive Blind Spot wines is one of our most exciting ventures in recent years and helps our members to get the best of Australian vineya... Get an insight into the exclusive Blind Spot range of Australian wines with our man on the ground Mac Forbes. You can find some new goodies, including a Yarra Valley pinot noir, in our Australian offer: http://bit.ly/AustraliaOffer15
"07.05.2015 15:17:42" New infographic: get to know Australia's wine regions! Find the full-sized version and more information here: http://bit.ly/ozwineregions
"06.05.2015 11:32:20" 'No gravy, no fuss, just early summer on a plate.' Janet Wynne Evans presents New-Season Lamb ‘En Primeur’ with Jardinière of Summer Vegetables, plus wine matches. Enjoy! http://bit.ly/lambenprimeur
"05.05.2015 12:48:01" 'This is not an instantaneous wine; it lures you in gently to that second glass while you are still thinking about the flavours…' Helen Dean picks a delicious cru Beaujolais for her Staff Choice: http://bit.ly/societystaffchoice
"01.05.2015 15:07:01" Will you be enjoying any Society wines this over the long weekend? Here are some of the wines our expert buyers will be enjoying: http://bit.ly/buyersfavourites2015
"30.04.2015 12:09:37" The birth of a wine: Conrad Braganza on the blending of one of our most popular Spanish whites, Finca Lallana (formerly known as Las Olas) in Spain's Rueda region: http://bit.ly/ruedablending
"28.04.2015 14:22:43" It doesn't look nice, and for some grapes it certainly isn't; for most top sweet wines, however, botrytis rot is the key to greatness. Caroline Gilby MW explains this Jekyll and Hyde of the vine: http://bit.ly/sweetwinemaking
"27.04.2015 13:25:20" Tim Atkin MW's wine of the week is our Bleasdale Chardonnay (£9.95) - part of our new Australian offering: http://bit.ly/AustraliaOffer15
"Anyone who doubts that the Australian Chardonnay revolution is one of the most exciting trends in the world, ri
"24.04.2015 13:15:47" Happy International #SauvBlanc Day! Sauvignon pioneers Denis & Fabrice Dubourdieu visited us yesterday to remind us of the joys of Bordeaux Blanc: http://bit.ly/bdxblanc
"23.04.2015 14:42:35" St George’s Day also marks the official start of the British asparagus season. It's notoriously tricky to pair with wine but we have found some great matches. You may wish to browse our selection of seasonal recipes too! http://bit.ly/asparagus15
"22.04.2015 12:32:44" A thoroughly enjoyable time was had at Three Choirs Vineyard Newent in Gloucestershire last weekend, as Society members attempted to blend their own wines! How did they do? Katherine Douglas tells us more: http://bit.ly/3choirsblend
"21.04.2015 13:48:17" Our first opening offer of 2014 Bordeaux is available now! Here's fine wine manager Shaun Kiernan's take on the vintage: http://bit.ly/bdx14firsttaste
"20.04.2015 12:55:11" Members - we need your help! Which terms would be most useful in our next List's wine glossary? http://bit.ly/wineglossary
"17.04.2015 14:23:22" Giles from our Cellar Showroom will be reaching for the bourboulenc this spring... find out why he rates this unusual French grape and read other staff choices here: http://bit.ly/societystaffchoice
"16.04.2015 11:46:02" We've been enjoying some delightful weather here in the UK, but spring has of course also sprung elsewhere. A recent trip to the southern Rhône equipped Janet Wynne Evans with some great tips on what to eat and, courtesy of our lovely suppliers, drin
"15.04.2015 11:22:00" A privilege to be joined by three generations from Hugel wine (makers of our Society's Vin d'Alsace and Exhibition Gewurztraminer) today. Here's Etienne (12th generation) tattooing our Alsace buyer, Marcel Orford-Williams, with 'Riesling'!
"14.04.2015 11:58:43" Fancy trying some new wines? Our April List is called 'An Explorer's Paradise'. Find out why with this selection of lesser-known gems from grapes include país, vranac, bourbolenc, niellucciu, regent, marselan, mencía and more... plus a mixed case: ht
"13.04.2015 12:35:43" Some of the delights from our recent Rauzan-Ségla & Canon tasting with John Kolasa in Edinburgh. Jo Locke MW shares her thoughts here: http://bit.ly/kolasatasting
"09.04.2015 17:00:05" thewinesociety.com/win Win a trip to the Rhône Buyer of Rhône wines Marcel Orford-Williams will accompany four lucky members and their guests on a trip that money cannot buy to some of the Rhône's finest vineyards. Already a Wine Society member?
Propose a wine-loving friend, relative or colleague who joins by 30th April 2015 for a chance to win an 'inside-track' visit to France’s Rhône Valley in the company of Society buyer Marcel Orford-Williams.
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"08.04.2015 12:09:48" New wines! Here we reproduce the introduction to our April List, focusing on new finds for members to explore; includes arrivals from Crete, Lebanon, Bulgaria and Hungary & grapes ranging from albillo to mencia. Enjoy! http://bit.ly/newwinesapril
"07.04.2015 12:19:07" Making a watertight 500-litre barrel takes remarkable skill. Following his visit to a cooperage in Spain, Conrad Braganza takes us through how it's done: http://bit.ly/riberaoak
"04.04.2015 09:27:01" An under-£8 Italian red is Member Services adviser Drew Slowe's tipple of choice at the moment; take a look at why, along with other staff picks from the archives, here: http://bit.ly/societystaffchoice
"02.04.2015 12:38:10" What makes Ribera del Duero different from Rioja? Conrad Braganza's first visit to this famed Spanish wine region saw him 'put a face to a name', discovering the landscapes and wineries behind these fantastic bottles: http://bit.ly/conradinribera
"01.04.2015 08:26:56" History & innovation to combine at the Royal Albert Hall, going back to our 1874 roots: http://bit.ly/historyinnovation
"31.03.2015 12:57:43" We've stocked up on some new wines from Switzerland and Crete - here Janet Wynne Evans suggests some delicious local food matches for them: http://bit.ly/foodfornewwines
"30.03.2015 12:43:53" Practical Tips for Easter - a selection of recipes from our archives for Good Friday fish dishes, Easter centrepieces & sweet endings: http://bit.ly/TWSeastertips
"28.03.2015 10:24:01" Read about the 'new styles and new flavours that probably can’t be found in local wine shops and supermarkets' Christine Austin found at a recent Society tasting: http://bit.ly/YorkshireDozen
"27.03.2015 16:12:05" 'I think any burgundy lover would be impressed by this wine’s delicacy – and its price.' Our 'Soli', a £9.95 Bulgarian pinot noir by Edoardo Miroglio, is one of Jancis Robinson MW's Wines of the Week: http://bit.ly/1E9kOv6
"26.03.2015 14:40:04" Following in the footsteps of his childhood hero, Asterisk, Marcel Orford-Williams scours the south of France for vinous gems on a mammoth annual tour. This year he was accompanied by other members of staff, all of whom give an insight into what a wi
"25.03.2015 14:00:59" The new vintage of The Society's Rioja Crianza includes wines aged for 22 months, and can legally qualify as a reserva. Buyer Pierre Mansour shares his thoughts on the new blend, which is available now for £7.50 per bottle: http://bit.ly/rioja11
"23.03.2015 14:23:42" A cavalcade of recipes on the blog today from Janet Wynne Evans, placing favourite holiday meals in a more domestic setting and using our Easter Food Without Fuss selections as a lens for wine matches. Enjoy! http://bit.ly/homefromabroad
"23.03.2015 10:00:03" A quick note from our computer bods: due to a software upgrade, we will be unable to read or respond to any e-mails sent to us until 8am tomorrow (Tue) at the earliest. Webchat will also be unavailable during this time. If your enquiry is urgent then
"21.03.2015 10:37:03" Every two weeks a different staff member from The Society's 200-strong team shares a wine from our range that they've particularly enjoyed – and why they think you would too. Eain Green's Sancerre recommendation is our latest: http://bit.ly/societyst
"20.03.2015 15:22:46" Charles Sichel of Maison Sichel in Bordeaux taking some of our staff through his company's wines today. As well as owning châteaux Palmer, Angludet and more, Sichel has been the source of our Society's Claret for over 30 years. In case you missed it,
"19.03.2015 13:23:00" Some 145 miles of road separate our Stevenage and Montreuil Showrooms... and eight members of staff will be cycling the whole way this summer! A somewhat nervous Thom Buzzard tells us more about this celebration of The Society's 50 years in Stevenage
"18.03.2015 12:53:50" Today we launch our very first Exhibition Barolo, made for us by Silvano Bolmida in the heart of Bussia. Despite having only six hectares, he insists on low yields, and has produced a 2011 wine we felt was more than worthy of a place in our flagship
"13.03.2015 14:45:24" 'Sitting-down' or 'standing-up' wines? A delightful spot of Friday whimsy from Conrad Braganza: http://bit.ly/sitstandwine
"12.03.2015 12:42:47" How's the 2014 vintage looking across the world of wine? Head of Buying Tim Sykes summarises our buyers' thoughts from the road: http://bit.ly/14vintage
"11.03.2015 14:51:48" The latest in our occasional 'Day In The Life' series focuses on the friendly team at our Cellar Showroom. Laura Vickers finds out what a normal day consists of, from the rigours of the shop floor to the treasures of the Vintage Room! http://bit.ly/s
"10.03.2015 14:49:03" The birth of our bestselling red: how is The Society's Claret made, and by whom? Steve Farrow tells us, and more, on this annual 'job quietly and well done'! http://bit.ly/societyclaret
"09.03.2015 14:22:59" What happened on Marcel Orford-Williams' tour to the south of France to blend wines and snap up the best of the new vintage? Go behind the scenes, meet some of our growers and have an insight into how the collaborative process of blending our wines t
"07.03.2015 10:08:04" Generous six-bottle savings are currently available on all of these Society bubblies, thanks to the support of Champagne Alfred Gratien and their Loire arm Gratien & Meyer. Get in quick to add a little sparkle to your springtime: http://bit.ly/fabfiz
"06.03.2015 12:54:21" 'Wine of the Week' on jancisrobinson.com: Koyle's lovely, dry and refreshing Don Cande Muscat from Chile (£8.75). Read her review here: http://bit.ly/koylejancis
Buy the wine here: http://bit.ly/kmuscat
"05.03.2015 12:20:13" youtube.com Mountain Fire, Cape Town Time-lapse, From 19:39 to 21:32. Roughly 2 hours. Very sad to see these pictures from South Africa, where bush fires have been raging near the Constantia Valley winemaking region. Buyer Jo Locke MW offers some context here: http://bit.ly/safricafires
"04.03.2015 13:37:36" What's your favourite Society and/or Exhibition wine? The bestsellers from both our ranges, along with some new wines, can be found here: http://bit.ly/SocExh15
"03.03.2015 13:50:24" Our bin ends section has been given a spruce with a range of tempting wines and mixed cases available at even more tempting prices. Help yourself to a bargain and help your Society clear cellar space! http://bit.ly/binends
"02.03.2015 15:19:32" Thanks to all who've donated for empty wooden wine boxes at our Showroom - thanks to you we've raised £13,898 for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust! Here's Giles from The Showroom on the many uses for the humble wooden wine box (feel free to suggest your
"27.02.2015 15:14:40" Mozart or Metallica with cabernet...? Can music *really* influence the taste of wine? Last week, in a night of melodious geekery, Martin Brown introduced some of our staff to the weird and wonderful world of music-and-wine matching. Find out more: ht
"26.02.2015 13:03:45" Are you a viognier fan? Conrad Braganza charts its progress from nigh-extinction to starlet of the wine world, with his personal recommendations to get to know this delightful white grape better: http://bit.ly/viognierpeachy
"25.02.2015 15:12:01" Our Bordeaux buyer Jo Locke MW had one foot in the Graves recently when in the company of fellow expert Neal Martin ... http://bit.ly/FootInTheGraves
"24.02.2015 14:30:02" It's taste-off day! After 20 blind-tasting sessions covering 688 wines, the buyers are reassessing the candidates for the 2015 Wine Champions, due to be unveiled this summer...
"23.02.2015 17:14:13" Did you hear about the Shakespeare First Folio discovered in a library in Saint-Omer? On the eve of a talk revelealing the mystery behind this at the Institut Français in London, wine writer Nina Caplan talks about the history of this part of France
"20.02.2015 12:03:44" As well as this stunning 3,000-year-old olive tree, the island of Crete is home to some delicious wines, spearheaded by a younger generation. We now list two of them. Sebastian Payne MW tells us more: http://bit.ly/cretewines
"19.02.2015 13:36:45" The answers to our recent fiendish Rhône quiz are now available for the curious! Congratulations to our lucky winner... http://bit.ly/rhoneanswers
"18.02.2015 16:12:07" The anticipation is building! The annual Wine Champions blind tastings - where our buyers pick the best of the best for our members to enjoy - have been in full swing this week...
"17.02.2015 13:04:54" Our opening offer of red and white Burgundy from the 2013 vintage is now online! http://bit.ly/burg13oo
"14.02.2015 10:00:01" Would you like to break out of old habits and stretch your wine-drinking repertoire a little? 'The New Old World' by Jane Parkinson is a eulogy to the exciting things happening in the less well-known corners of classic winemaking heartlands: http://b
"13.02.2015 14:26:40" Marcel Orford-Williams pays tribute to 'one of the great ladies in the wine business', the late Colette Faller of Domaine Weinbach in Alsace: http://bit.ly/ColetteFaller
"12.02.2015 15:17:14" 'Do things by halves this Valentine's,' says our Conrad Braganza - half bottles, that is! Here are his top tips for a varied meal with varied half bottles: http://bit.ly/valentinehalves
"11.02.2015 15:56:37" From our archives: tips for a fuss-free Valentine's supper, courtesy of Janet Wynne Evans, including potted goose, scallops, beef fillet with mushroom gratin and suitably decadent dessert: http://bit.ly/fussfreevalentine
"10.02.2015 16:04:24" Getting to the root of the resurgence of interest in some of the wine world’s lesser-known grapes: a great read from our news editor Joanna Goodman, and some context behind our current 'New Discoveries' offer: http://bit.ly/rarergrapes
"09.02.2015 13:43:57" Eggs, vats, barrels.. Corsica's remarkable vinous diversity comes to the fore in this last dispatch from Ewan and Marcel's recent blending and buying trip: http://bit.ly/twsencorse3
"08.02.2015 10:44:00" Beautiful photos from some of Italy's top wine regions. To explore the flavours that come from here, head to http://bit.ly/italytws
"06.02.2015 12:09:22" Rush hour in northern Corsica, where our wayfarers Marcel and Ewan sampled wines from off the beaten track... http://bit.ly/twsencorse2
"05.02.2015 14:14:55" Some of the extensive reading PR manager Ewan Murray did before visiting Corsica with Society buyer Marcel Orford-Williams! Ewan's first instalment of his travels in Corsican wine can be found here: http://bit.ly/twsencorse1
"04.02.2015 14:47:28" WIN a Bottle of 2004 Châteauneuf-du-Pape worth £30! Do you know your syrah from your grenache? Your Cornas from your Crozes? Then have a go at our Rhône quiz and you could end up with a lovely bottle of mature Châteauneuf. Good luck! http://bit.ly/rh
"03.02.2015 12:32:29" 'Our recent trip to Bordeaux was all about whites and rosés, to assess the 2014 vintage properly for the first time.'
Jo Locke MW reports back on her first tastes of Bordeaux 2014. More on the reds to come soon. http://bit.ly/bordeaux14wr
"02.02.2015 14:41:14" The Frog is out of the bag! We are delighted to unveil the newest member of our flagship Exhibition range: an exclusive Napa Merlot from organic pioneers Frog's Leap Winery: http://bit.ly/napamerlot
"01.02.2015 10:05:00" A few photos from buyer Sarah Knowles in California, including shots from Frog's Leap, Joseph Swan and Ridge. A rather special new addition to our USA range will be announced very soon...
"31.01.2015 11:05:00" We can't get enough of Portugal's beautiful Douro region, so here are a few photos from Quinta do Vale Meão, source of our new and first-ever Exhibition Douro red: http://bit.ly/exhibitionspotlight
"30.01.2015 15:13:08" January is nearly over, so don't miss Janet Wynne Evans' latest tempting instalment of 'Flavour of the Month': a Spanish twist to Liptauer cheese, beloved of '70s buffets, and a recipe for stuffed piquillo peppers http://bit.ly/flavourjan
"29.01.2015 15:41:32" Portugal's Douro is one of the world's most beautiful wine regions and is steeped in history. Jo Locke MW shares a few of her reflections and a gallery of images here: http://bit.ly/douroreflections
"27.01.2015 13:56:20" 'How To Buy Italy' by Nicolas Belfrage MW aims to cut through the complexity of Italy's diverse wines and help people find bottles they'll love: http://bit.ly/htbitaly
'A Celebration of the Flavours of Italy' available now: http://bit.ly/italytws
"26.01.2015 14:33:13" Explore the back story of our NEW Exhibition Pinotage in this video and text interview with Johann Krige of Kanonkop Estate in South Africa (pictured with South Africa buyer Jo Locke MW and head of buying Tim Sykes): http://bit.ly/exhpinotage
"25.01.2015 12:00:01" A spot of essential maintenance on the website today: orders can be placed as normal but from 1pm app orders, My Account functions, Express checkout and Direct Debit will be temporarily out of action. Apologies for the inconvenience - normal service
"24.01.2015 12:49:01" What To Drink in 2015 - our head of buying, Tim Sykes, takes you through his picks, plus a special mixed case: http://bit.ly/WTD2015
"24.01.2015 08:02:00" Join us in February and March for tastings in Newcastle, York, Leeds, Stevenage, Edinburgh, Oxford, Liverpool, Belfast, Torquay, Nottingham, Wells and Cheltenham! http://bit.ly/TWSevents
"23.01.2015 12:36:53" Kilt? Check. Haggis, neeps and tatties? Check. But which wines to serve at a Burns Night feast? Hugo tells us why it's best to leave lighter wines at the door and look to the Rhône, Greece and Lebanon. What will you be drinking?? http://bit.ly/haggis
"22.01.2015 13:23:22" The remnants of Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s keep, one of several remarkable photos shared by our own Joe Mandrell from the latest Rhône buying trip: http://bit.ly/rhonephotos
Our opening offer of the 2013s is available now
"21.01.2015 12:40:26" Our opening offer of Rhône & Languedoc 2013 is now available online! The smallest crop in 50 years, 2013 was exceptional for syrah, mourvèdre and all the whites. Choose from 178 wines and 8 mixed cases: http://bit.ly/rhoneoo13
"20.01.2015 19:22:00" 'My first Wine Society van'. Thanks to Beth Fairchild-Granger for sharing!
"20.01.2015 15:45:19" Our own Joe Mandrell reports back from the blending of the 2013 Exhibition Gigondas: http://bit.ly/gigondas13
Stay tuned for our opening offer of 2013 Rhône and Languedoc, coming very soon indeed...
"19.01.2015 14:21:23" Marlborough sauvignon blanc is constantly developing, writes buyer Sarah Knowles, with an increasingly diverse range of styles available. Find out more: http://bit.ly/marlboroughstyle
"16.01.2015 16:18:10" Lots of fascinating responses coming in regarding decanting - do keep your tips coming! http://bit.ly/decantdemyst
"15.01.2015 15:34:25" Madeira is not just for Christmas! Wine writer and presenter Jane Parkinson visits long-time Wine Society supplier Blandy's and tells us more about the company, their plans for the future and more on how Madeira is made: http://bit.ly/madeiramagic
"14.01.2015 13:56:08" What can members expect from the Loire in 2015? Jo Locke MW recaps her first buying trip of the year: http://bit.ly/loirein2015
"13.01.2015 16:40:29" Not only does Marlborough, New Zealand, produce stunning sauvignon blanc, but it's also rather nice to look at! Don't miss our pick of the 2014 crop here: http://bit.ly/marlborough14
"12.01.2015 14:44:30" Winemaker Francisco Olazabal introduces our new Exhibition Douro wine The first edition of our Exhibition Douro red comes from the historic Quinto do Vale Meão estate. Winemaker Francisco Olazabal tells us more about the wine a... We are delighted to introduce two NEW Exhibition wines: a pinotage by Kanonkop and a Douro red from Quinta do Vale Meão - both available here with introductory savings: http://bit.ly/exhibitionspotlight
Here's winemaker Francisco Olazabal introducing
"09.01.2015 11:17:08" Bandol: an oft-overlooked region that produces world-class wines.
Joe Mandrell takes us on a tour of Domaine Tempier, arguably Bandol's finest producer: http://bit.ly/tempiertour
"08.01.2015 16:47:07" Where’s my wine? For those not abstaining this month or maybe taking advantage of our Clearance offer to stock up for next, did you know that you can track the progress of your order on our website? Go to My Account and click on Order Tracking to vie
"07.01.2015 13:45:51" 'We are uncovering wonderful vinous treasures from the Roussillon,' reports Marcel Orford-Williams. For a digest of the fascinating history and glorious wines of this region, head over to Society Grapevine: http://bit.ly/roussillontreasure
"06.01.2015 14:42:09" Help our warehouse keep to its New Year diet and save! January Clearance is now available: http://bit.ly/janclear
"05.01.2015 15:12:10" Society buyer Pierre Mansour pays tribute to Chateau Musar legend and our friend Serge Hochar: http://bit.ly/rememberingserge
"02.01.2015 09:06:56" We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Chateau Musar's Serge Hochar. We have lost a legend and a great friend.
"31.12.2014 19:18:01" Thank you to all our members for your support in 2014 - we wish all a very Happy New Year! Things to look forward to in the early part of 2015 include:
• Two new Exhibition wines
• Rhône 2013 opening offer
• A large number of new Australian arrivals
"31.12.2014 09:47:35" What were your wines of 2014? Here's Society buyer Pierre Mansour's annual selection of his personal favourites: http://bit.ly/winesof2014
"30.12.2014 14:39:03" Recipe time! Janet Wynne Evans is simmering gently with slow-cooked, tasty and reassuringly unpretentious post-festive ideas - such as this traditional Bulgarian lamb and vegetable kavarma - in the new edition of 'Food Without Fuss': http://bit.ly/bu
"29.12.2014 14:29:18" How were those festive food and wine pairings? Did anything hit the spot particularly well?
Society buyers Marcel and Jo both hit upon some excellent matches this year: http://bit.ly/marcelandjo
"27.12.2014 12:09:01" What’s the connection between Harry Roy’s popular wartime song and Janet Wynne Evans’ latest Flavour of the Month recipe? Well, if we told you that it’s an ingenious way to use up left-over turkey in a seasonally updated style, that might provide a c
"24.12.2014 11:15:46" Thank you for your custom, your feedback and your loyalty to The Society. May all your Christmas wishes come true.
And no matter what wine is accompanying your festive food (as long as it's a Society wine, of course! ;) ), we wish all members everyw
"24.12.2014 09:45:21" At Christmas time there's nothing like a jolly wassail and sing-song around the old Joanna. This year you've come up trumps again on suggestions of festive song titles with a wine bent, and Ewan Murray has selected his Top Ten from members' tweeted o
"23.12.2014 16:31:41" Jo Goodman has an excellent suggestion for a post-25th pud if you've rolled out just a little too much marzipan for the cake ...bit.ly/MarziRemains
"22.12.2014 19:49:27" A handy decanting hint has come our way from helpful member David Richards, demystifying the art of decanting ... http://bit.ly/decantdemyst
"22.12.2014 16:44:43" And there were in that same country felines abiding in the kitchen, keeping watch over their box by night.
Here's Treacle standing guard! Thanks to owner Adam Williams for the photo via Twitter.
"19.12.2014 08:59:30" 'Tis the season to be jolly, but there are ways and means of keeping the alcohol intake down and still enjoying said season - from our delicious apple juices & non-alcoholic bubbles through to naturally low-in-alcohol wines, Conrad has it covered! h
"17.12.2014 15:32:19" *CHRISTMAS DELIVERY DEADLINE EXTENDED BY 24 HOURS* to midnight on Thursday for most UK addresses. The Christmas Shop can be found here: http://bit.ly/TWSChristmasShop
For more information on why the deadline has been extended (and those few postcod
"16.12.2014 14:49:49" Champagne, glorious Champagne... the perfect aperitif, but, as Janet Wynne Evans argues, also a fine food wine. Find out how best to harmonise a good bottle with your festive spread in the last of our 'Complements of the Season' videos: http://youtu.
"15.12.2014 15:02:25" Our UK Christmas order deadline is MIDNIGHT ON WEDNESDAY!
If you still haven't decided which wines to choose, help is at hand! The following links each offer some possible inspiration:
• The Society's Christmas Shop: http://bit.ly/TWSChristmasShop
"14.12.2014 17:22:48" More of us drink sweet wine at this time of year than any other; but which to choose for our favoured festive dishes? 'Treat the Pudding Club as a dating agency,' says Janet Wynne Evans, who gives us her tips for compatible relationships in this vide
"13.12.2014 10:58:05" You don’t have to love wine to work here, but it helps! We asked some members of staff what they’ll be drinking this Christmas, in the spirit of inspiring those yet to order their festive tipples: http://bit.ly/twsxmasstaff Have a great weekend
"12.12.2014 15:14:19" Sebastian Payne MW is dreaming of a tawny Christmas, pitting some 20-year-olds from our range against one another. Sounds good to us! http://bit.ly/tawnyxmas
"11.12.2014 14:45:33" With such an onslaught of flavours on the average cheeseboard, finding the right wine/s can be tricky. But fear not! Janet Wynne Evans shares her expert tips in this new video: http://youtu.be/n6whzn6O2Go
"10.12.2014 14:06:49" Conrad from our Cellar Showroom has just the winter warmer for Christmas. Whisky? Liqueur? Armagnac? Nope - it's the oft-overlooked Pineau de Charentes, a happy accident of yesteryear that we think deserves a wider audience today: http://bit.ly/pinea
"09.12.2014 12:54:01" Complements of the Season: Christmas Reds - Mischief Have a little fun this Christmas by treating your guests to some reds from the path less well-trodden, suggests Janet Wynne Evans. Italy, Portugal and Greece... Indulge in some mischief with your reds this Christmas, suggests Janet Wynne Evans, who offers her recommendations of wine-buff-bamboozling grapes that offer both value and versatility.
"08.12.2014 12:43:19" Complements of the Season: White Knights Janet Wynne Evans recommends a selection of white wines from Rhône grapes marsanne, roussanne and viognier capable of rising to the occasion whether it’s tur... Janet Wynne Evans is back to provide a dose of medicine for your festive food-and-wine headaches. In this video, she recommends her all-purpose 'white knights', capable of rising to the occasion whether it’s turkey, goose, fish or a meat-free feast i
"07.12.2014 12:18:11" We've now opened door no. 7 on our Advent Calendar - have you had a look behind this and the other doors too yet? www.bit.ly/advint14
"06.12.2014 13:00:02" As if further proof were needed that nothing makes family, friends and loved ones happier than the gift of Wine Society membership.... Plus all new members will receive a £20 credit on their account! http://bit.ly/societymembership
(Thanks to Sandy W
"05.12.2014 15:49:03" Choosing your Christmas wines this weekend? This might help! Matthew from our intrepid Tastings Team has counted up the votes at our Christmas events and presents our members’ festive favourites, sorted by category: http://bit.ly/tastingfavourites
"04.12.2014 12:48:15" It's a big day for Bond fans, but 'Spectre' will have to be some film to match Liz Brown's own 'Bond moment', pictured, at Quinta do Vesuvio. Here's what happened when she visited this remarkable port house with the lucky winners of our members' priz
"03.12.2014 12:40:00" www.youtube.com Complements of the Season: Madeira ‘If one wine is guaranteed to get me through Christmas, it’s a bottle of Madeira…’ - Janet Wynne Evans. Once opened it keeps for weeks in the fridge; the pal... In need of some festive food and wine inspiration? Our resident expert Janet Wynne Evans is here to help! In the first of a series of videos, she looks at the gastronomic versatility of Madeira, a wine that comes into its own at this time of year...
"02.12.2014 13:08:46" Door 2 is open on our #advint calendar - check out what may happen if you order in good time! http://bit.ly/advint14
"01.12.2014 16:18:19" Got your festive wines sorted yet? Our Christmas shop has all our gifts, tips and info in one place: http://bit.ly/TWSChristmasShop
Order by Sunday for automatic inclusion in a prize draw to win £800 worth of mature Bordeaux!
"28.11.2014 13:01:02" Our Cellar Showroom in Stevenage is 25 years young! Shaun Kiernan, one of the original Showroom team, shares his memories here, along with some kind words from some of our longest-standing growers: http://bit.ly/sroom25
"27.11.2014 11:46:17" Vintage Cellar Plan from The Wine Society Wine Society buyers Tim Sykes and Joanna Locke MW introduce Vintage Cellar Plan, the simple affordable way to create a cellar of fine wine. Visit http://www.... Vintage Cellar Plan offers a simple, affordable way to create a cellar of fine wine. Buy a special taster case and sign up to any plan **by this Sunday** and receive one month's subscription free!: http://bit.ly/vcp14
"26.11.2014 14:03:05" Will any of our Facebook likers be celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow?
USA buyer and self-confessed Americophile Sarah Knowles will, and has just the bottle to cope with the day's culinary onslaught! http://bit.ly/sarahsthanksgiving
"25.11.2014 13:00:12" Retsina that 'invites a second sip' (The Observer) and that's 'restrained and enjoyable' (Tim Atkin MW)? Buyer Sebastian Payne MW reveals the secrets of one of the surprising stars of our current range: http://bit.ly/twsretsina
"24.11.2014 16:12:19" Some of The Society's drivers enjoying a tasting at the annual Drivers' Day.
To find out more about the lengths these fine people go to get your wines to you on time, check out 'A Day In The Life' of a Society Driver: http://bit.ly/societydriver
"21.11.2014 13:01:23" Get to know Rioja's wines, grapes and styles via this handy infographic.
View the full-sized version and some thoughts behind it here: http://bit.ly/riojagraphic
"20.11.2014 15:07:49" It’s Beaujolais Nouveau Day – but whilst this was always a great marketing success, there is so much more to this region and its wines (as our current selection from seductive 2013 vintage testifies).
What is it that makes Beaujolais such a delight
"19.11.2014 13:10:51" "The mathematics behind the new blend of The Society's Rioja Crianza" - a photo from our buyer, Pierre Mansour, in Spain
"18.11.2014 13:13:12" Pass the port! Liz Brown reports back from an enlightening visit to the remarkable lodge of Taylor's, source of our Exhibition Tawny & Crusted Ports: http://bit.ly/twstaylors
"17.11.2014 13:52:30" Cold off the press!!
Several of the growers who provide Society members with delicious wines also produce olive oils - in our Fine Wine List we've picked our top five, plus a special gift case of three. http://bit.ly/twsoils
"14.11.2014 15:18:08" How To Pick Grapes - A Lesson From Katie Jones of Domaine Jones Katie Jones shows our intrepid helpers how to pick grapes during the 2014 harvest at Domaine Jones. More from the 2014 harvest at Domaine Jones - including this handy tutorial from Katie herself on how to pick! http://bit.ly/domjonespt2
"13.11.2014 13:21:09" Katie Jones on Telling Grenache from Carignan A lesson from Katie Jones, of Domaine Jones in the south of France, on how to tell the two grapevines apart. For more information, visit http://societygrapev... What happens when three Wine Society employees set off to help with the harvest at Domaine Jones? A lesson in telling grapes apart for a start! Joanna Goodman sheds light on this extraordinary venture, with part 2 to follow tomorrow: http://bit.ly/do
"11.11.2014 14:57:57" New for next year, along with an Exhibition Pinotage... both tasting very good indeed!
"10.11.2014 16:19:05" Competition time! To celebrate their 120th anniversary, Bodegas Palacio (producer of The Society's Rioja and Glorioso) are offering members a chance to WIN a weekend for two at their Hotel restaurant Cosme Palacio in the heart of Rioja! Take a look a
"07.11.2014 13:27:36" Help yourselves to some award-winning wine writing from Richard Mayson and, for our members, a special subscription rate to The World of Fine Wine Magazine! Have a good weekend. http://bit.ly/rmayson
"06.11.2014 13:38:35" Has anyone tried the (somewhat aesthetically challenged) medlar fruit? Janet Wynne Evans has made a glorious golden-pink jelly with a haunting bouquet of roses and honey, which adds a touch of sweetness to sauces or crumpets. http://bit.ly/1zxOhvO
"05.11.2014 19:31:24" It's 5th November, and we're letting off a few celebratory fireworks here at The Society as, for the fourth consecutive year, Decanter Magazine has voted us National Retailer of the Year. For more details check out http://bit.ly/twsdecanter
"04.11.2014 13:17:08" One way or another, this week is going to be a banger: not only is Bonfire Night approaching, but we are also in the midst of British Sausage Week! Here, Conrad Braganza rolls out his top wine matches for 'these perfect parcels of pleasure': http://b
"03.11.2014 16:08:46" Have you tried the NEW Exhibition Pouilly-Fuissé 2012?
The wine - along with a festive-minded selection of Society & Exhibition bottles - can be found here: http://bit.ly/societyexhibition
"31.10.2014 09:16:09" Lazy does it, says Janet Wynne Evans, as she tries to avoid another bout of festive failures in her Christmas Food Without Fuss post. Pork chops with wild mushrooms and crème fraîche, whole roast celeriac and spiced chicken wings (with wine matches t
"30.10.2014 12:27:19" If, like many of members, you like to spread the love at Christmas by sending family, friends or even work colleagues presents from our Christmas Gifts range, then before deciding what to buy, you may wish to remind yourself of what you ordered last
"29.10.2014 12:49:27" Sebastian Payne MW’s current ‘Last Word’ column sings the praises of ‘problem-solvers, engineers, inventors and makers of things’ in the world of wine: http://bit.ly/fanfaremakers
Click on the photos to find out more about each of these people mentio
"28.10.2014 15:47:48" As you can see, things got quite 'hands on' during a recent 48-hour trip to Bordeaux - an opportunity for Society staff to learn more about the region's châteaux and wines. Ewan Murray reports back: http://bit.ly/bdxtrip14
"27.10.2014 13:59:14" Bodega Catena Zapata, possibly Argentina's greatest estate, has deservedly been featured in Matthew Jukes' book, 100 Most Iconic Wine Estates: http://bit.ly/catenaiconic
Don't miss this spotlight on our exclusive Catena Cabernet Sauvignon Special Sel
"24.10.2014 14:45:02" It has come to our notice that some of our UK followers may not yet be Society members (*sharp intake of breath*)! The Daily Telegraph's Victoria Moore says: "Madness not to join". Do so now to receive £20 credit on your account instead of the erstwh
"23.10.2014 12:26:06" A great read for Châteauneuf-du-Pape fans: Marcel Orford-Williams talks to Marc Perrin about the remarkable Château de Beaucastel, including a tasting of wines from the château (plus their collaboration with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie!): http://bi