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Romanian Wines

When talking about Romania many people would think immediately of Dracula, Nicolae Ceausescu (the communist dictator), or Nadia Comaneci the gymnast but they are fast becoming well renown for their wines.Silver Fox Consultants highly recommend the Romanian wines and spirits that are imported directly from various regions of Romania including Transylvania. Romania has around 4000 years… Read more »

What is a Vegetarian or Vegan Wine?

The vast majority of wines that we drink these days are produced and sold quite quickly. These are classed as “Young Wines”. Many are harvested in one year and on the shelves the next. To speed this process and make the wine clear, fining agents are used to clarify it of particulate that is suspended… Read more »

Port Wines

Port wine is a fortified wine from the Douro region of northern Portugal.After the wine has been produced, using only designated Portuguese grape varieties, it is fortified by adding a neutral grape spirit known as arguardente which stops the fermentation and leaving residual sugar in the wine. It also boosts the alcohol content. The spirit… Read more »

Bordeaux White Wines

The area between the 2 major rivers of Bordeaux, the Garonne and Dordogne, is called Entre-Deux-Mers.This area produces both red (predominantly Merlot) and white wines but is more well-known for its white wines, often a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and sometimes the rare Muscadelle. There are a few other less-known varieties used in White… Read more »

Bordeaux Red Wines

Bordeaux, pronounced “Bore-doe” refers to a wine produced in the Bordeaux region of France. Over 90% of Bordeaux wines are red wines made with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.The first wines produced with these grapes were from this region.All Bordeaux red wines are blends and are made from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec and… Read more »

Wine Value in a Bottle

Supermarkets account for a huge amount of the wine sold in the UK but what is actually in that bottle of cheap wine?Purchasing any bottle of wine, whatever the cost, will give the government £2.16 in Duty and 20% VAT.On a £6.00 bottle of wine there is £1.00 VAT so that leaves only £2.84 for… Read more »


Malbec originated in the Cahors region of South West France where it is called “Cot” (Coat). In the middle ages it was called “Black Wine” because of its dark ebony colour. The wine is one of the four other wines as well as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon used in blending Bordeaux wines.Today Malbec is better… Read more »


Amerone Della Valpolicella is one of Italy’s classic wines and can be very expensive, but why?Many wines in Italy are produced very cheaply by industrial means and whilst they may taste “OK” the better wines will be made using more traditional methods which take time. As we all know time is money so the more… Read more »


Prosecco has become one of the UK’s most popular imported wines. However there are many cheap and inferior products on the market. All will have the fizz that is expected but by paying a little more money you will undoubtedly get a much better tasting product. All Prosecco comes from the Veneto region in Italy… Read more »