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Buy South African Wine now!

Figures from across the wine trade have been urging us all to support the South African wine industry now more than ever. Restrictions on domestic sales have hit hard. So exports - around half of South Africa's wine is exported - remain even more vital to the country's wine producers' present and future existence.

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VandeStreek Beer: Going Dutch without the Alcohol!

The availability of no and low alcohol beers is improving all the time. New breweries and new beers from well-established breweries are showing good sales and the category is booming. Amid health concerns and lifestyle choices, many consumers are turning to lower alcohol alternatives, particularly within beer and spirits. Quality is also getting better and shows no sign of plateauing.

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Bordeaux Blanc: perfect for cheese!

We’ve all tried red or fortified wine with cheese, n'est-ce pas? Yet, a dry white wine is often a much better pairing. So, let's sweep aside that ‘full-bodied red’ or 'Port with Stilton' talk. It's time to enjoy some gorgeous Bordeaux dry whites that will bump up your plateau de fromage to a whole new level!

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Agora Vermouth: shaking up the category!

Arthur Voulgaris is a man on mission. With a 20-year background in the hospitality industry, he knows a thing or two about the drinks industry! Agora Vermouth is his latest adventure. It's an amalgam of his Greek heritage and Suffolk home soil - a nod to the past and a full-speed journey into the future.

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Domaine du Météore launches new rosé

Domaine du Météore takes its name from the 200-metre-wide meteorite crater which struck a hillside in southern France over ten thousand years ago. Situated in the village of Cabrerolles, at over 300 metres altitude in the foothills of the Haut-Languedoc mountains, vines grow within and around the crater. These are surrounded by garrigue with the evocative scents of wild thyme, fennel and citrus. Farmed organically for over 10 years, the vineyards are now in biodynamic conversion.

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Summer drinking: Cálem White & Dry Port and Tonic

Looking for something different to drink? Well, if you've never tried a 'Port and tonic', perhaps you should! Made with white port, it's a great alternative to the good old G&T or Aperol Spritz. It also fits in with modern lifestyle trends of lower alcohol, good quality, stylish drinks … and they've been drinking 'porto tónico' in Portugal for ages!

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Hard Seltzer: the new drinks craze - exclusive article for Ryebeck

The drinks scene is definitely getting ‘harder’! No – this doesn’t mean a return to booze-ridden fights on the football terraces. The UK is beginning to embrace the latest trend that has swept the US by storm. Hard Seltzer is the new category that’s shaking up the drinks market, adding its very own sparkle!

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Exclusive interview with Charlie Holland, winemaker at Gusbourne

English wine is on the up! From humble beginnings with low volumes and a fairly low reputation, it's now seen as one of the more exciting categories in the wine world. Unsurprisingly sparkling wine continues to lead the way with two-thirds of production dedicated to fizz. Yet, you don't have to look too far to also find still wines causing former doubters to sit up, take notice and swallow their Bacchanalian pride.

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Women in beer steering the Mothership - exclusive article for Ryebeck!

Women have been involved in making alcoholic drinks for thousands of years. In medieval Britain, ‘brewsters’ took charge of beer production. They often did this within the home. Over time, as brewing became a commercial business, men began to dominate the industry. Even until relatively recently, men (including brewers) have hugely dominated the average beer festival.

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