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posted by admin at 31/03/2020

We believe our role serving customers and the community during this time is a critical one, and we want to make sure our customers can get the items they need, when they need them.

In accordance with the recent government announcement and to protect our staff and customers during the Coronavirus pandemic, we have made some changes to the way we operate. Here are some answers to the questions you may like to know. 

Are We open?
Yes. You can still shop online or visit our Store in Kennedy Avenue. 

How can I order?
You can order online, over the phone (22442235), or by emailing us at info@vinologie.com.cy

Are We Still Delivering?
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Can I collect my order?
Yes. Our shop is open so orders may be collected. Please note we have this option on our online site as well. 

How long is the wait for delivery?
Due to unprecedented demand, we are currently only able to offer Standard delivery from Monday to Friday which should be with you within TWO working days.

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10 Influential Moments in Wine

posted by admin at 30/03/2020

Since we're all mostly sitting in our homes, doing our best to save the world by watching TV as well as attempting not to consume every one of our wine bottles too soon, you may be trying to find a few more points to take in for your psychological advantage, too.

To that end, this article highlights a few of the most impactful moments throughout wines history. We are sure that a lot of you fine, opinionated individuals will have lots to agree/disagree within this  short article, but we hope you will enjoy it :)

10 Influential Moments in  Wine

Wine is many things, among them an innovation of time-travel. An enjoyed sip can transfer us back to the vintage's harvest, to the labor in the fields, to the choice of the grapes, and even to cherished glasses and also memorable minutes in our very own pasts.

The following timeline in wine helps you slide the bonds of the present, enable your thoughts to stretch back farther, to these 10 seminal moments in the background of wine:

1. The Romans Dominate the World

The Romans didn't invent wine (Greece, the Caucasus, and Africa were all vinous hotspots prior to the Romans' heyday), yet no empire did extra for spreading out the culture of the vine  and stabilizing viticulture and  vinification techniques. For over 1,000 years winegrowing resembled  Romans' little lamb -  anywhere they entered the 2,000,000 square miles they controlled, wine was sure to follow.

2. Europe Controlled by Religion (as well as Poor Hygiene).

It's been stated that in wine there's truth, and in water there's bacterium. This was never ever  more real than in the 14th and also 15th centuries, when drinking water frequently caused illness. Much land at the time was owned by the church, and monks throughout Europe used it for expanding vines and making  wine. Wine gave an alternative to water's deadliness, and also brought wine consumption to the masses, helping to create Europe's wine market.

3. Out of the Coals, Into the Glass.

Until the 1600s, wine was stored/transported (and often ruined) in vessels like amphorae as well as barrels, because glass simply wasn't strong enough. That changed with the invention of the coal heating system, which permitted production of thicker, dependable glass bottles. These brand-new containers were also strong enough to endure the stress of secondary container fermentation and  CARBON DIOXIDE bubbles, permitting the innovation of champagne.

4. Tokaji Lays Down the Law.

In 1737, a royal mandate defined the borders for which towns can use the name Tokaj on the legendary  wines of that region. This very early effort at high quality standardization and brand protection successfully kicked off the protected origin system, the basis for all wine labeling laws in use today.

5. Bordeaux Gets Classy.

In 1855, Emperor Napoleon III asked Bordeaux's Chamber of Business to arrange a  wine exhibit for Paris' Universal Presentation. They farmed the exercise to wine sellers, who in two weeks arranged a listing of the châteaus of Médoc, Sauternes, as well as Barsac based upon price. Astoundingly, this classification is still utilized over 160 years later, and the "Very first Growths" on the list are still amongst the world's most desired wines. 

6. Wine Gets to the Root of the Issue.

The late 1800s saw one of one of the most damaging times in  wine history: the Phylloxera epidemic, which decimated vineyards worldwide and trashed the wine market. The silver lining? Discovery of the root cause (a louse that assaults roots, ultimately eliminating the vine) introduced a brand-new understanding of rootstock and viticulture, establishing methods still being used today.

7. Mondavi Goes Toe-to-Toe on To Kalon.

Robert Mondavi virtually solitarily developed the American  wine market, however he could not have done it without top fruit to back it up - namely, grapes from the To Kalon (" area of highest beauty") winery. After a fight ousted him from the family members company, Mondavi began again, securing parcels of the historical vineyard in the 1960s. It continues to be the backbone of several of Napa's most famous wines to this day.

8. Wine learns to control Itself.

In the latter fifty percent of the 20th Century, winemaking saw perhaps its most transformative growth: temperature-controlled fermentation. While it does not appear enchanting, refrigeration allowed wine makers to guarantee fermentation occurred consistently and reliably for both reds and whites, introducing a period of higher quality  wines at lower costs.

9. California  Wine Gets To Parisian Pinnacle.

1976's "Judgment of Paris"- in which boutique California  wines bested some of France's most storied brand names in a blind tasting is America's wine equivalent of the Miracle on Ice: we'll never stop talking about it. It's so important to us that a bottle of the competitors's top-scoring red (a Stag's Jump Cabernet) was honored by the Smithsonian as one of the 101 objects "that made America" (a checklist that consists of Alexander Graham Bell's telephone as well as Jonas Salk's polio injection). Insurance coverage of the sampling put California wine on the world stage, and showed that any person could potentially take on the best wines on the planet, democratizing the wine market.

10. Wine Joins the Cult.

What do you get when you incorporate small lots of primium grapes from a prime growing place, a no-expenses-spared method to high quality, a well-known wine maker, and also prominent vital acclaim? We figured out in the 1990s, when Jean Phillips employed Heidi Barrett and also introduced Screaming Eagle, developing the "cult wine" formula still used by the New World's most exclusive wine brands.

9 Wine Tasting Games to Play at Home!!

posted by admin at 27/03/2020

Wine games are a fantastic way to  bring your family  together. It's the best excuse to sit back and  crack open a couple of bottles of your preferred wines - plus, who could ever say no to a cheese platter or chocolate pairing? To keep everyone amused,try one or more of these wine games, every one of which are sure to keep you chuckling.

1.Draw the Wine Tag
You can see who is the most artistic one in your family by playing a simple drawing game - no skills needed. Don't let anyone see the labels on the bottle, and after each tasting, have every person draw what they assume would be an ideal tag. The wilder, the better!

2.Wine Bingo
Discover who has the most discerning palate with a little game of  Wine Bingo - or Wine-o, if you will. Create a bingo card by placing one type of wine - Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, and so on - in each square. To play, conduct a blind taste test and place a token on the square that you think matches each sample of wine. When a gets bingo, check to see if their tastes were on-point. You can make it even more fun by having a prize for the victor. Some of these gifts for wine lovers would definitely be ideal.

3.Describe This Wine
Individuals frequently make use of flowery language to describe wines, yet you can make it a little bit more fun with some silly prompts. Compose cards that say things like, "If this white wine was a celebrity, who would it be?" or "Use a word that starts with C to describe this wine." This is sure to deliver limitless laughs. 

4.Follow House Rules
The great aspect of playing these games at home means you get to choose the house rules. Enliven it by implementing a ridiculous mandate for everybody to adhere to. For example, your rule might be, "if you drink your wine using your right-hand , you're out" or "if you say the word 'fruity,' you're out."  

5.Categories - with a Boozy Twist
The  game "Categories" is a classic, as it is fun to play and easy to learn. Primarily, you choose a category, after that go around the table naming items in it. If a person thinks twice or repeats an item, they're out! Give this game an enjoyable twist by only using alcohol-themed categories, such as red wines, rum drinks, whiskey brands, and so on. Research up your turn with our categories here. 

6.Just how Well Do You Know Your Partner?
If its just you and your other half, you can play a version of the "Couples game" to see just how well you understand one another. Have two little white boards handy, as well as take turns asking each pair questions like, "does your companion favor chardonnay or sauvignon blanc?" and "what's your partners go-to drink at the bar?" 

7.The Price Is Right!
Some people vouch they can taste the distinction between inexpensive and pricey wine, so why not turn this bold  claim right into a small competition? Offer everybody a piece of  paper, and serve them a couple of wines at different price points. Have them guess the price of each bottle, and see who comes the closest. Need a budget-friendly alternative? Click here for our most popular budget friendly wines.

8.The Number Of Corks?
Have you ever has to count how many jelly beans are in a jar? You can do the very same thing with wine corks! Save your corks for a month or so, place them all in a container and have your family guess the amount in there. While you are at it, ever question if corked wine is better than screw-top bottles? Right here's the 411 on this common question.

9.Wine Trivia
Discover which of your friends is a sommelier in the making with a couple of rounds of wine trivia. There are a lot of enjoyable fun facts or quizzes on the internet, and  you can play separately or break up into groups, depending on the amount of family members you are.

10.Bottle Ring Throw

Have everybody in your family place their favorite on the table. Then set them up in a triangular formation. Have them toss a ring at the bottle from a few feet away, and whichever bottle they hook is the one they get to drink or keep to themselves (if you not a fan of sharing) . 



10 Stupendous Wine & Binge Deserving TV Pairings For Loafing Weekends

posted by admin at 13/03/2020
Important question: Which wines match best with those slothful days (and nights) spent binge watching TV? Lets toss the severity to the curb - the moment has come to try a new pairing theme: Wine and TV shows!
The ideal TV binge really has extremely little to do with wine tasting. An ideal wine tasting requires concentration and some contemplation: neither of which are comparable with mindlessly absorbing hours of Netflix.
Be that as it may, we're human, so let's give this a shot.
Game of Thrones

Wine: Tempranillo
Why it works: We've spoken about the world of Game of Thrones and also what their wines were possibly like, yet the one that gets discussed the most by Tyrion and all of his wine swilling pals has a tendency to be Dornish wine. Sandy and dry, it's our assumption that Dorne produces some remarkable Tempranillo.

If you want some extra metaphor tips, find an older wine that you can decant and observe as it changes during the evening. In the end, the wine will certainly not be nearly the same as what you started with, much like Game of Thrones itself (but with any luck you'll still like it a lot more than the series ending).
Grey's Anatomy

Wine: Provence Rosé
Why it works: Forgive us if this appears a touch stereotypical, however during the 15 seasons since  Grey's Anatomy first aired, we are willing to think that about 14 billion rosé bottles have been consumed by the shows fans alone (this is all supported by unbelievably specific math, we assure you). This show essentially yells "yes way, rosé."
A Provence Rosé, specifically, is perfect for this show, with its ruthless minerality pairing perfectly with all that hospital drama. Its delicate strawberry and melon notes are for the warmer, feel-good moments.
Black Mirror

Wine: Something cloudy and natural
Why it works: Okay. We in no way recommend viewing more than one episode of Black Mirror at a time. That's one TV binge that lands you on "sad" street. Yet if you must, then you can't fail with an organic or natural wine.
With all the messages of modern technology causing the end of civilization as we know it, you'll make it through each episode a little more serene understanding that at the very least your wine wasn't made in a way that can bring about the apocalypse.

Wine: Amarone della Valpolicella
Why it works: Did we miss an opportunity to suggest a Chianti instead? Well, look at it this way: the original line from our favourite cannibalistic doctor was in fact "I ate his liver with some fava beans and a large Amarone," and that's a much better pairing.
The simple, snobbish tone of Hannibal will go perfectly with Amarone della Valpolicella: among the more costly and also searched for wines on the planet. Plus, its deep notes of cherry liqueur, plum sauce, and black fig are fairly enteric, and also bring to mind certain ... "meatier" aspects of the show itself.
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia

Wine: Something in a can
Why it works: Undoubtedly, It's Always Sunny isn't specifically the sort of show that inspires one to swirl, sip, and savor. That's why it's constantly a great suggestion to take Frank's guidance and be unnoticeable: and  what's more unnoticeable than wine in a can?
The Sunny gang is always on the move, always causing trouble, and also never, ever before learning from errors. And, nothing pairs better with that attitude than the sharp crack of a pressurized can full of something suspicious (although, truthfully, canned  wine has actually come a long way).
The Office

Wine: Oaked Chardonnay
Why it works: Michael Scott always made it extremely clear that he was a wine lover (and also with notes like "kinda sorta an oaky afterbirth," we're desperate to read his wine journal). But regardless of all his apparent elite expertise, he's still a man of the people. What's even more "of the people" than a buttery Chardonnay?
We may not have always seen it, yet the staff at Dunder-Mifflin makes certain to have actually knocked back a lot more than a few glasses after their workdays, and this type of Chardonnay does the trick. It's bold, it's economical, as well as it's something that pairs beautifully with whining about your manager.
Twin Peaks

Wine: Orange Wine
Why it works: There is really very little you can equate orange wine to, and the absolute same can be said for the surrealist murder secret that David Lynch bestowed unto the world some 30 years ago.
Not only does orange wine offer something genuinely different (and sometimes a little unusual) in its savory-sour notes of jackfruit, honey, and juniper, it keeps your interest, even while you puzzle over it. And just like Twin Peaks, some folks don't fully understand its charm!
If you 'd like to attempt something a little more coffee-centric for this one, coffee wine is entirely a thing.
The Good Place

Wine: Sangria
Why it works: The dubiously moral cast of The Good Place like their cocktails. So, why not enjoy a pitcher of the low-alcohol joy that is proper Sangria?
When you've got actors that are essentially split  between heaven and hell, you wish to drink  something that has a bit of both. Sangria is fascinating, but even at it's best, it's the beverage we make when you buy a wine that sucks. And also, it's actually forking excellent.
Stranger Things

Wine: Beaujolais Nouveau
Why it works: The 80s were a polarizing time with polarizing people. And one custom that began in 1988 is still a splitting line for wine enthusiasts to this particular day: the invention of Beaujolais Nouveau Day. So what better a wine to commemorate the younger nostalgia bomb that is Stranger Points than the fresh, earthy fruitiness of Beaujolais Nouveau?
Not a follower of Beaujolais Nouveau? Well, the 80s does provide you choices. White Zinfandel was enormously popular at that time. And this decade was also the advent of the wine cooler.
Peaky Blinders

Wine: ... uh ... Bourbon
Why it works: Pay attention, we love wine. Clearly. But trust us on this one: when you're enjoying something regarding British criminal households, go with whiskey.
That just covers 10 of one of the most preferred TV programs to binge watch there. So, what are a few of your favorites? Any kind of particular wines you like to couple your couch-a-thon with? Let us know!

Bordeaux vs Burgundy. The Battle of the Titans!!

posted by admin at 12/03/2020
What's the distinction between Burgundy and  Bordeaux?
In 2015, respected wine writers Jancis Robinson MW and Hugh Johnson organized a landmark occasion in London: Bordeaux Vs Burgundy. The argument was lively, powerful, and informing, with solid arguments put forward highlighting the relative values of both areas. The Bordelais as well as Burgundy establishments have similar debates on a daily basis - Burgundians enjoy asserting that Bordeaux winemakers aren't wine makers at all; "they blend wine, but they do not really make it," a vigneron once said to Cellar Tours. In a similar way, the Bordelais love to joke that Burgundy makes so little white on purpose, just to warrant those typically astronomical costs.
Yet both areas share extra commonalities than they would certainly care to admit. Bordeaux and Burgundy, inarguably, are the engines of the fine wine trade. The top of their ranges went away into the luxury goods classification years ago; the prices are colossal, the quantities released reasonably little - especially in Burgundys case - and the demand is insatiable. Undoubtedly, auction homes make an attractive living when rare lots of Petrus, Latour as well as La Tache are auctioned off. Both areas control the second market, both locations are the domaine of affluent collecters and also hedge-fund managers - at the very least on the top end. First-Growth Pauillac and Grand Cru Chambertin are most certainly not going for the mass market.
However humbler Bordeaux and Burgundy continues to be reasonably good value and in decent supply. This is the bond, or perhaps shared DNA, which brings both areas together in holy matrimony. They both use an unbelievable variety of styles and price points, covering every day drinking, light, and also fruit-driven, white and red, strongly structured and inaccessible to all but the super-rich. Bordeaux and Burgundy are additionally a lot more 'chameleon-like' than at first shows up.

The previous produces a few of the best rose in south-west France, the last makes an excellent sparkling wine style. Surprised? It's easy to understand, as both areas proactively under-promote their lesser-known wine styles. There are undiscovered gems to be discovered, even in a path so well-trodden as the Cote d'Or and the Medoc. Additionally, both areas have actually welcomed green viticultural techniques in current times, relocating in the direction of organic and biodynamic winegrowing.
Certainly, it is the distinctions as well as competitions which actually delighted the target market back in 2015, when Robinson MW and Johnson took up opposing positions and defended their region. Johnson highlighted the point that Bordeaux is more "available" than Burgundy and there is some reality to that. The former makes about 5 times more than Burgundy; there is even more choice in bottom and middle areas of the market, as well as consequently extra chance of getting a relative  bargain than in the Cote d'Or. Even the crème de la crème of the Medoc is more readily offered than comparable merlots of the exact same stature from the Cote de Nuits. In Burgundy, we're frequently speaking about a few thousand bottles of a Grand Cru wine, whilst Latour can go to over 300,000 bottles per year.
Nevertheless, Burgundy is without a doubt easier to taste in its youth. In that sense, the wines of the Cote d'Or win the 'accessibility' debate by far. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, even in ideal and majestically structured vintages, never ever showcase the tannin, extract and large weight of a leading Bordeaux. Ripe Pinot Noir is the best wine to enjoy young; softly structured, it boasts a revitalizing acidity and also tannic backbone that is perfectly convenient without food. That being said, both regions were produced for gastronomic pairings, yet restless enthusiasts as well as collecters will possibly wish to take a trip to the Cote d'Or.
It is also arguably the case that recently baptized oenophiles get to grips with Bordeaux quicker than Burgundy. Both regions have a myriad of appellations, terroirs, and also sub-zones, with quality varying tremendously. Yet in Bordeaux, buyers conveniently acknowledge both major 'versions' of their favorite drink: Left Bank Bordeaux and Right Bank Bordeaux. The Medoc is the home of magnificent Cabernet Sauvignon, which constantly plays a defining duty in the wines, while the Right Bank stakes its claim as being the Merlot heartland of Europe. Collectors additionally acquire their favorite chateaux with relative convenience, as the famous names are widely advertised as well as worldwide renowned. Even teetotalers can identify a Lafite, Margaux and Cheval Blanc label when they see one.
Yet the Cote d'Or? Oh my. Right here we have actually an area made to create headaches as well as confuse even the wisest of men and women. There are a lot of names, villages, as well as sub-regions that also experienced winemakers get lost! This is perhaps the region's greatest weakness, its inability to make itself understood to a wider audience. Naturally, numerous connoisseurs like Burgundy for that same reason.
The crux of the problem is historical in nature. In Bordeaux, the classification systems are based around the standing of the residential or commercial property in question-- an estate is ranked according to its perceived quality, rather than the terroir upon which it relies. So a leading chateau can buy its next-door neighbor's land, assimilate uninspired wines from substandard plots and also, in theory, the authorities can not bat an eyelid. In practice, the most effective estates are rigorous in their quality-control checks and also would never ever sully their track records by polluting their Grand Vins. Furthermore, the 1855 classification, St-Emilion ranking, as well as chateaux system have provided a beneficial and relatively easy to understand reference factor for consumers worldwide. This is Bordeaux's triumph, its unmatched ability to market its wines as well as make itself understood. It is a French region for the 21st century, progressively relying on high-end tourism as well as even flirting with direct sales.
In contrast, Burgundy owes its hierarchy to the Catholic faith. This is not an area run by marketing professionals as well as publicists. Centuries ago, the Cistercian monks, that were greatly associated with vine farming as well as winemaking for their religious orders, began to delineate Burgundy's terroirs and sub-regions according to their quality as well as personality. This continued to be the reference point even after the land was moved wholesale right into private ownership, which happened mainly as a result of the French Revolution.
So how does one get to grasps with the Cote d'Or? Well, you have to neglect, briefly, about the manufacturer as well as grape variety. Enthusiasts buy into appellations, sub-regions, or a certain winery. Burgundy is an area of strictly controlled framework, with all vineyards ranked and graded according to the  quality of the wines they create. There are 4 groups of vineyards: Grand Cru at the top of the top quality tree, Premier Cru, Village, and Bourgogne Blanc/Rouge. This is the main approach that underpins every choice taken in Burgundy, an idea so intransigent that just talk of global warming could ever force the Burgundians to reassess their views on the very best terroirs. But for now, as for a cultivator in Chambertin is concerned, vineyard websites (even those close together) are always different as well as maybe inferior or above one more. Obviously, there is an unofficial hierarchy of the most effective names in the area. No one would certainly suggest that a cottage in Volnay has the exact same business influence as Domaine de la Romanee-Conti or Domaine Leroy. The price does rise substantially relying on who made the wine - even at generic and village degree.
There is an additional vital caveat to the above. Even the most legendary vineyards like Le Montrachet will certainly have multiple owners growing grapes and producing wine. Are those wine makers of equal worth? The answer is likely to be no, therefore the producer is as essential as the terroir, from that point of view. However ultimately, the Burgundians continue to be dedicated to the concept of terroir initially, winemaking second.
Burgundians also regard the Bordeaux practice of blending grapes grown throughout various terroirs within an appellation utterly sacrilegious. Chateau Margaux, for example, grows Cabernet Sauvignon as well as merlot across different locations within the sub-region, to harness the most effective possibility of each site. A certain mix is then crafted according to the vintage conditions. In a similar way, the substantial majority of white wines produced in Bordeaux are a mixture of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and maybe Muscadelle. St-Emilion is usually Red wine dominant, with Cabernet Franc playing an essential if sustaining role. There are exemptions- Pavillon Blanc from Estate Margaux is mono-varietal and Petrus is typically 100% Merlot. However on the whole, mixing grapes is an important insurance plan for the Bordelais, who still bear in mind the vintages of the very early 1990s, when the Cabernet was lean, eco-friendly as well as turgid.
Nevertheless, the grape varieties are conversely the most straightforward element of Burgundys wines. Red Burgundy is generated from Pinot Noir, white from Chardonnay. Some appellations are entitled to expand and generate Aligote, a grape that plays a small part today in worldwide Burgundy sales as well as is never ever part of the Premier Cru and Grand Cru wines. Historically, that really was not the case, yet Aligote has long been delegated to a neighborhood inquisitiveness. However more importantly, it is utterly restricted to blend grapes in appellations like Chambertin as well as Volnay. Top red and white Burgundy from the Cote de Nuits and Cote de Beaune have to be based upon 100% Pinot Noir and Chardonnay-- period. The all-natural corollary of an ideology which positions the primacy of the winery front and also facility is not wanting to tarnish the terroir expression. From a Burgundian's perspective, it is insanity to expand Grand Cru Pinot Noir as an unique expression of a particular terroir in the Cote d'Or, and then blur and misshape that expression by blending-in  wines from a various winery. Keeping separate terroir-expressions is sacrosanct in Burgundy- it is what purchasers covet and also expect from their red wines. Approaches and also perspectives have remained mainly intransigent for centuries-- doubt them at your peril.
This is unquestionably an intractable factor of difference between the world's 2 crucial wineries. Bordeaux as well as Burgundy are both massive cogs in the fine wine business yet they do (some) things in incredibly different methods. Quite aside from the rival sights worrying blending and terroir classification, there is a modern gloss and sheen to Bordeaux's advertising that Burgundy does not have, the last choosing to do points more discretely and with little difficulty. Bordeaux has voluntarily leaped carelessly into the 21st century-- Burgundy has been more reserved.
Maybe this is where the genuine envy lies. Bordeaux, even at the First-Growth level, still has to market its wines. Even middle-rank red is no guaranteed sell, contending in a hard marketplace. But top Burgundy sells out effortlessly as well as rapidly annually; it would certainly do so even if growers proactively dissuaded customers to get. Burgundy followers-- as a result of the min volumes-- are constantly queuing at the door, typically 6 months before the harvest has actually started. This is an area that never sheds any kind of rest overselling its wines.
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