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Wine Q&A with David Bowman

Wine Q&A with David Bowman

There’s always so much choice when it comes to wine, and if you’re hosting on Christmas day, it can add to the pressure if you’re not sure what to serve with your food. To help out, we’ve spoken to David Bowman, our Wine Manager at our Big Yellow Wine Cellars in Fulham. Here’s some great tips on what to choose, where to store it, and how to make it last. Around Christmas time, the fridge is always fully stocked with food, and there may not be enough space for chilling wine. What are the alternatives – can you store wine outside? Generally, I wouldn’t recommend it in the winter months; although this winter the weather is mild so it might be an exception. If your whites need a good chill and temperatures outside are well above freezing and space indoors […]

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Add some fizz to your festive season

Add some fizz to your festive season

Whether you’re a fan of Cava, Crémant, Prosecco, Sekt or Champagne, our resident wine expert Matthew Wicksteed – based at our Fulham store where we have specialized wine cellars – shares his top tips to make your Christmas sparkle. Let it rest Sparkling wine should always be stored horizontally (to keep the corks moist) in a cool, dry, dark place. If you’re storing champagne, the bubbles will become smaller over time; consequently most vintage champagnes are released at their peak in order to be best enjoyed. Keep it cold If your champers starts out cold and stays that way, chances are that it will retain more bubbles. If time is of the essence and you’ve only got minutes to spare then here’s a guide to keeping your fizz frosty: o 30 minutes: lay it in the fridge o 15 minutes: […]

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Top tips for summer wine

Top tips for summer wine

The sun’s out and you’ve made it through another week at work. There’s only one thing for it: friends, food and a good time. But before you send the invite or prep the food, quench your thirst with our tips for summer drinking. 1) Add sparkle to your chicken Did you know that sparkling wine has the same palate-cleansing effect as the more traditional choice of BBQ beverage, beer? Not only that, it goes perfectly with chicken. 2) Opposites attract Pair strong BBQ flavours with a sweet rosé to create a balance of flavours. Impress your friends by telling them the wine has been specially selected to neutralise the palette and they’ll go home impressed. We guarantee they’ll use the same line next time they host. 3) Light food, light wine Low alcohol wine is becoming a popular choice with […]

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Top tips for how to best store your wine at home

Here at Big Yellow we’re known for storing your belongings – but did you know that we also offer 500 climate-controlled rooms to store your treasured wine collection? Whether you have 15 or 500 bottles we have the space to keep your whites chilled, reds full of flavour and your fizz… sparkling! Whether you’ve been given a case for posterity, a bottle to mark a milestone or you’re preparing for a special event – make sure you’re wine is looked after at home. We’ve put together some top tips from our wine expert Matthew Wicksteed to help you store your wine at home. 1. Stay cool Wine doesn’t like heat and temperatures higher than 21° C will age it more quickly than necessary. If it gets much hotter your wine might get “cooked,” resulting in flat aromas and flavours. The […]

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Sunshine in a Glass

Sunshine in a Glass

We all hope for plenty of sunshine come the summer months, but more often than not the English weather is lacklustre forcing us to pack our bags to fly thousands of miles in search of sunnier climes. Still, most of us have neither the time nor money to spend the whole summer sunning it up on a foreign beach. However, there is a simple solution! Pop a cork (or unscrew a cap) and you can be instantly transported to the Provence, Italy, California or anywhere else in the world there is sufficient sunshine to ripen grapes. Here are some wines that are perfect for when the sun does shine! BYSS BLOG: This summer all eyes are on the UK, are there any British wines you recommend we celebrate with? MATT: There is no better wine to celebrate with than one […]

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Perfect Wines for Christmas!

Perfect Wines for Christmas!

Want to find out what wines go well with your Turkey? Need to choose the perfect tipple for your mince pies? Look no further. The Big Yellow blog spoke to Matt, Big Yellow’s wine storage expert about finding the crispest whites and the boldest reds to accompany your festive season… BYSS BLOG: We’re thinking of inviting our friends over the night before Christmas, what wine would you recommend as the warm up to the big event? MATT: Take it easy on Christmas Eve – there’s no good done by peaking too early and waking up on Christmas morning with a sore head. I try to stick to wines that are light in body and low in alcohol, these two are perfect: Domaine Carneros Brut, Carneros, California, 2007 £19.99 from www.thepurveyor.com Domaine Carneros is owned by the Champagne house Taittinger who […]

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Wine Storage Master Class With Tommasi: Amorone & Valpolicella

Wine Storage Master Class With Tommasi: Amorone & Valpolicella

Hi again! It’s Matt the wine manager at ‘The Wine Cellars’ located at Big Yellow Self Storage’s Fulham branch with an update to the wine blog from our recent Amorone & Valpolicella Master Class with wines from Tommasi. Tommasi is a family run company established in 1902 by Giacomo Tommasi who have steadily built up their estate and now own 135 hectares of vineyard in Verona as well as an estate in southern Tuscany. They have some of Valpolicella’s finest vineyards and were the first producer’s to use the Guyot cane pruning system to promote better grape ripening. They eschew the use of small barriques for traditional larger Slavonian oak vats to let the wine speak for itself. Rafael Valpolicella Classico Superiore, 2009 (£11.99) This wine hails from the Classico (best) part of Valpolicella and has firm ripe black cherry, […]

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Bodega Catena Zapata Master Class

Bodega Catena Zapata Master Class

Hi again! It’s Matt the wine manager at ‘The Wine Cellars’ located in Big Yellow Self Storage’s Fulham branch with an update to the wine blog from our recent Catena Zapata event. We had the opportunity to invite Mariela Molinari to The Wine Cellars who is a winemaker at Catena Zapata. They have been established since 1902 and have become one of Argentina’s premier wine makers. Catena’s Alta range has regularly been awarded 90+ points from leading wine authority Robert Parker, making it some of the best value for money wine in the world. All wines tasted on the night were of outstanding quality and here are my top picks: Catena ‘Alamos’ Malbec 2009 £7-8 (Available at Majestic, Slurp & other retailers) A fantastic nose of black cherries, plums, coffee and warm Bakewell tart. With a long, toasty blackcurrant and […]

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Henschke Master Class With Simon Woods

Henschke Master Class With Simon Woods

Hi everyone! It’s Matt the wine manager at ‘The Wine Cellars’ located in Big Yellow Self Storage’s Fulham branch with an update to the wine blog from some of the events we’ve had recently. At the end of September I attended the high profile, fine wine tasting of Henschke wines at The Wine Cellars in Fulham, hosted by the West London Wine School. Renowned wine journalist Simon Woods presented the tasting of the iconic wines from Henschke, Australia. Henschke wines have gained international recognition as some of the finest wines produced in Australia and amongst the most sought after wines in the world. The tasting worked through the excellent single varietal and blended wines within the range, leading up to the famous Mount Edelstone Shiraz (£55-£60) and the classic Cyril Henschke Carbernet (£60-£70). Simon Woods is a well respected wine […]

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Meet The Wine Maker – Jeremy Gordon

Meet The Wine Maker – Jeremy Gordon

On 22 September, myself and twenty others had the chance to meet Jeremy Gordon the wine maker for the Amelia Park label as he hosted the tasting session of premium west Australian wines for the West London Wine School at The Wine Cellars. We enjoyed the quality of the Amelia Park wines on offer and were guided through the tasting process by the wine making legend, Jeremy Gordon himself. Amelia Park Wines produce five quality wines from one of Western Australia’s most renowned winemaking regions, Margaret River. The tasting session allowed customers to enjoy all five bottles including the Amelia Park Cabernet Merlot, Margaret River, 2009 (£18.50). The award-winning La Violetta ‘La Ciornia’ Shiraz Viognier (£30) one of the best Western Australian wines tasted recently at the school was also on offer for guests to try. For those who don’t […]

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