High Praise for Montepeloso’s 2018s

High Praise for Montepeloso’s 2018s   Under the direction of owner Fabio Chiarelotto, Montepeloso has established itself as one of Tuscany’s most exciting estates. For the last 20 years, Fabio has strived to produce wines with elegance and finesse, qualities difficult to achieve in the hot climate of Suvereto on the Tuscan coast. Slowly, Chiarelotto is receiving the rewards of his passion. The buzz that has been spreading through Europe over the past few years has leapt the Atlantic. A …

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3 Irresistible Wines For Your Summer BBQ

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When it comes to beverages for a barbeque, beer is the typical drink of choice. Just think back to the last time you received an RSVP for a summer BBQ — it most likely said BYOB (bring your own beer). However, you can go beyond the standard six-pack of craft brew.  Summer wines can pair just as well with some of your favourite BBQ meats. Of course, combining grilled goodies with summer wines takes some fine-tuning and good taste. We’ll …

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Your Guide to Pairing Wine With a Charcuterie Board

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Pairing tasty treats on a charcuterie board with the right wine — red or white — is an art form. A well-curated selection of meats and cheese next to wine isn’t only perfect for Instagram but a recipe for your guests’ sensory pleasure (and memories).  The right combination can give your attendees the perfect array of tart, tangy, and smokey flavours and aromas that will make your gathering one to remember for years. Whether you’re hosting a standard wine-and-cheese party …

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Best Wines This Patio Season

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Patio season is in full swing at The Small Winemakers Collection. Whether you prefer a picnic on a patio with friends and family or a heartier meal dining outdoors at your favourite restaurant, the right wine can make any meal that much better. This season’s wine picks range from fresh florals and fruit varietals to bold and elegantly structured wines. The right bottle of wine will enhance your dining experience and blend exquisitely with your dish of choice. It will …

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Our Wine Gift Guide for Father’s Day

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With Father’s Day around the corner, many of you may plan different things to make this important person in your life feel extra special and thank him for all the love he has given you. There’s no better way to celebrate this Father’s Day than giving your dad a delicious bottle of wine.  If your father happens to be a wine enthusiast, we guarantee that they will enjoy nothing more than sharing their favourite bottle of wine with friends and …

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The Best Wine With Sushi and Why It’s A Match Made In Heaven

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Sushi and wine make an excellent pairing once you know what you’re doing. This delicate Japanese cuisine has been enjoyed for many years in Western countries. While you might instinctively pair sushi with sake, there are plenty of exciting wine pairing options that are equally delightful.  Below, we share tips on how to pair wine with sushi and the best wine with sushi pairing options that you can try with this diverse Japanese cuisine.  What to Look For When Pairing …

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Syrah vs Shiraz: An Overview of This Iconic Grape Varietal

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Shiraz, as it is typically known in the new world (also known as Syrah in the old world), offers a juicy and fruit-forward profiled wine. On the other hand, Syrah is savoury, elegant and refined at its best. While they are the same grape varietal, these wines have their own unique characteristics and flavour profiles.  Below, we look at all you need to know about the Syrah/Shiraz grape varietal, including its origins, characteristics, food pairing options, and which bottles of …

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Best Wine with Pizza: Top Pairing Ideas

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Who doesn’t love indulging in a delicious pizza now and then? This Italian specialty is one of those rare meals adored by everyone. It can be served during a dinner party or enjoyed alone as a midnight snack. Either way, pizza is truly the ultimate comfort food. Yet, many ask: Which are the best pizza and wine pairings?  The best wine with pizza is a wine that matches two components: the pizza sauce and your chosen pizza toppings. Below, we …

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Exploring French Rosé Wine: By Region

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Rosé wine is a hit for many wine lovers anytime of the year. While it may seem that its popularity has risen dramatically over the years , the reality is that rosé wine has been appreciated globally for centuries.  Yet, one country’s expression of this style of wine can differ from another. Although rosé is made in almost every wine region across the globe, the benchmark is usually a classic French rosé.  The French set the bar for this refreshing …

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Sauvignon Blanc: Why is This Grape Varietal So Popular

Sauvignon Blanc wine is iconic for its acidity, versatility and food-friendly flavour profile.

Sauvignon Blanc is the second most popular white wine in the world, after Chardonnay. Globally, sales of Sauvignon Blanc increased 38% in 2021, more than the overall average increase in wine consumption. Despite its popularity many wine lovers can be unsure of its origins and distinctive taste profile. Sauvignon Blanc is a wine that has expressive and aromatic aromas ranging from tropical notes to crisp citrus and grassy.  Additionally, its memorable, refreshing acidity leaves a lasting impression on the palate. …

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The Ultimate Pinot Grigio Wine Guide

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Pinot Grigio is a light, delicious, and zesty white wine that is a favourite among many wine lovers. Originating in France, this ubiquitous white grape varietal is anything but simple. Below, we’ll introduce you to one of the most popular white wines worldwide.  Discovering Pinot Grigio: A Versatile White Wine  Pinot Grigio (or “Pinot Gris”) first appeared in Burgundy, France, as early as the Middle Ages. A mutation of Pinot grape family, this versatile grape became known for its peculiar …

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