Vintage Wine & Port Blog

Accurately Dating Old Wines

Posted 21 February 2020

by Jamie Ashcroft



The forgery of wines has always been an issue, but recent stories like the Jefferson bottles have brought it more into the public eye. Nowadays the industry is fighting back with special seals and high-tech labels but thankfully, forgeries of aged wines are becoming easier to detect with the advancement of science.

The Niepoort VV

Posted 11 February 2020

by Jamie Ashcroft

Niepoort vv


Read about the legendary wine created by Eduard Marius van der Niepoort here.

What is Sherry?

Posted 13 September 2019

by Jamie Ashcroft



Everybody knows the name 'Sherry', but what makes it what it is - and what is it like?

The Many Faces of Italy

Posted 29 August 2019

by Jamie Ashcroft



Although the likes of Barolo, Barbaresco and Chianti may be household names when it comes to Italian wine, the country produces many more varieties less well-known outside of its borders. Some of these names are for regions and some for grapes, but here we have put together a bit of information about seven of the more popular varieties found around Italy – so when you are handed a bottle with Cirò, Cannonau or Primitivo on the front you will know what to expect!

A big welcome to Pocas Ports.

Posted 22 August 2019

by Vintage Wine and Port

POcas junior port

In February 2019, Ben Funnell and Tony Carter (our Manager and Owner) were invited to taste the amazing range of port available from Pocas. Hosted for the day by Pocas' head wine maker André Barbosa, they were treated to some of the crown jewels of the collection including a taste of a 100-year-old port bottled to celebrate the 100th anniversary of this historic port house.