Category Archives: N.E. Retailers

Wine & Pies?

Wine and Pies may not seem to be the most obvious of bedfellows, the latter more associated with a beer or mug of tea, but as the pies in question are self-styled gourmet pies then why not trade up on … Continue reading

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Wine Buying in the North East – Makro

I don’t shop at Makro often, 2 or 3 times a year on average, but whenever I do I enjoy spending a little time delving into their wine section because there’s usually several hidden gems amongst the cases of big … Continue reading

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Bin21 spreads its reach

The smell of fresh paint isn’t what you expect when you walk into a wine shop, but when that shop has only been open a few hours then its the most natural smell in the world. Bin21 wines opened its … Continue reading

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Bin 21, a Tasting to Remember

Remembrance Day saw Patrick Eyres of Bin21 put together an 11/11/11 tasting in Morpeth Rugby Club bringing together a cadre of suppliers to show off a wide range of wines to all comers. I initially heard of the event through … Continue reading

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Carruthers & Kent 1st Annual Wine Fair

Carruthers & Kent’s 1st Birthday party finally arrived at the end of October with a grand suppliers’ wine tasting downstairs in As You Like It  in Jesmond. As the company was formed in mid 2009 this may sound a little … Continue reading

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A Whites only evening

It’s unusual to go to a wine tasting where it is a red free zone, but that’s what Alistair Stewart of Richard Granger Fine Wines decided for an evening of aromatic white wines, showing a selection of Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, … Continue reading

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Tonight’s Tipple – An Izadi Duo

Earlier in the year I got two bottles of wine made by Bodegas Izadi, a 2008 Rioja Blanco (white) and 2006 Rioja Crianza (red), from Dillies in Hexham. Bodegas Izadi is a relatively recent Spanish winery, founded in 1987 in … Continue reading

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4 by 3…a NEWTS tasting

4 classic wine styles, 3 local retailers each offering an interpretation from their range; this was the premise for the July meeting of the North East Wine Tasting Society and meant a record 12 wines for the 2 hour meeting. … Continue reading

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PortoVino Summer Tasting at the Biscuit Factory

Portuguese wine retailer PortoVino, run by Alan Holmes and Paul Raven (fellow NEWTS), held their summer tasting at the Biscuit Factory in Newcastle last Thursday evening (can there be a better venue for a tasting than an art gallery?). I … Continue reading

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Wine buying in the U.K. (Chapter 3 – Specialist retailers)

We’ve previously covered Supermarkets where wine is sold along with the weekly Grocery shop. This section covers the dedicated wine stores and on-line retailers whose livelihood is predominantly wine and spirits. Oddbins has been around since the early ‘60s and … Continue reading

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