Author Archives: James Nathan

Introducing Craig Hawkins and The Wines of Testalonga

Testalonga

Craig Hawkins the winemaker at Testalonga is in a pretty brilliant place right now, he’s just released his new vintage to the world!! He and (wife) Carla are now ensconced in Bandits Kloof in Piketberg, the northern reaches of the Swartland; He finally has a dedicated winery with plenty of space and a steady supply […]

We’re Having a Wine SALE – Up To 40% Off!

sale

After a spectacularly enjoyable first year in 2018, we are bringing you our huge (in price, not size) sale! Browse through our best selling wines and producers of 2018, and grab yourself a bargain, our highlights include wines from the ever popular natural wine producer Gut Oggau, the incredibly talented Slovakian producer; Slobodne, and the […]

Our Vegan Wines For Your Veganuary

vegan

Never heard of veganuary? Well neither had I until last week. It’s pronounced (vee-GAN-uary) and as you can probably guess, it’s a New Year’s resolution to eat only vegan meals for the month of January. Why did you decide to go vegan? Giving a vegan diet a try for a month can demonstrate some true […]

Try Some Low Alcohol Wine Instead!

low alcohol wine

Having worked a large part of my legal drinking life in the wine trade, I have never been able to take part in Dry Jan – so for me, there has always been the alternative route, which is either drinking less – which in my role is pretty impossible, or try lower alcohol wines! Giving […]

How to Drink Consciously – Drink Quality not Quantity

drink consciously

As we concentrate on the sustainable, environmental and health segment of the wine market, January is the perfect time to be thinking about drinking consciously rather than in quantity like over Christmas. So let’s focus on the lower alcohol, lower tannin & sulphates and more sustainably produced wines. If you’re like me, and you love overindulging at Christmas, […]

What are sulphites in wine, and are they dangerous?

sulfites

What are sulphites in wine? Sulphites in wine are chemical compounds (sulphur dioxide, or SO2) that occur naturally, to a varying degree, in all types of wine. Because sulphites act as both a wine’s preservative and enhancer, many vintners purposely add sulphites at key moments of the winemaking process to quickly halt on-going fermentation or […]

A Christmas Thank You!

christmas

Thank you for being such a massive support to Pull The Cork, and have an amazing Christmas! As some of you might know, starting a business from scratch needs an incredible amount of hard work, determination and passion, and from this, there is a lot of learning. At Pull The Cork, we have encountered some incredible […]

Pull The Cork Delivery Changes

As some of you might know, starting a business from scratch needs an incredible amount of hard work, determination and passion, and from this, there is a lot of learning. At Pull The Cork, we have encountered some incredible things this year and met a lot of fun people along the way, and I am sure […]

The press reports “another challenging year” but we see it as a sign!

press

A recent article in the press reports that consumers are drinking less wine now than ever before and that 2018 has been a challenging year for the wine trade. Mainstream wine sales might be down, but organic wine sales are on the rise. Consumers are beginning to be more conscious about what they are drinking, […]

How to Pair Wine With a Breakfast Sandwich

Breakfast Sandwich

I understand that you might be like, does this guy really drink at breakfast….? My answer to that is, rather than the word ‘drink’, I use the word ‘enjoy’. Just like a Bellini, having a glass of low alcohol wine at breakfast, on a nice relaxing weekend is just perfect! After all the weekend is […]

Christmas Delivery Dates

What is the last date for guaranteed UK delivery in time for Christmas? For Christmas deliveries, we strongly advise that you place your orders before the 18th December to ensure that you receive them in time for the big day. As we rely on third-party couriers to deliver our sustainable wines, we strongly recommend that […]

The Christmas Wish list Wines

Wish list

Do you need help with picking the right bottle or case of wine to give this Christmas? We’ve created this list of amazing wines with fantastic stories to give as present this year: to your loved ones or to yourself! Enjoy the festive season ahead.   We have the best Malbec in the world – […]

FREE HOLIDAY!!

Holiday

Only joking, I was just trying to grab your attention, but it worked, so please do keep reading!   What do you think about our exciting new letterbox wine model that we will announce in 2019?? This model eliminates the use of glass and is made from recycled materials. These bottles may look less solid than glass but […]

Are you a Wine Explorer?

wine explorer

A question I get asked almost every week; what is your favourite wine? Where yours might be a vintage Burgundy from your year of birth or a lovely creamy Chenin from Stellenbosch, I don’t have one…I have always been a wine explorer, always keen to try new wines from all parts of the globe, this is why […]

Black Friday Sale – Limited-Time 15% OFF + A Free Gift!

Black Friday

This Black Friday and Cyber Monday, take advantage of some major wine sales to stock up your cellar. Here are the top deals available on the platform where wine can be shipped directly to you! What actually is Black Friday?? The shopping event was actually started by shoppers. It was first observed in Philadelphia which would always […]

What is “Col Fondo”?

Col Fondo

This is a phrase that will come into the public eye very soon, and this is honestly something I have only been made aware of recently. Col Fondo wines are something that are hotting up to be the next big thing in the sparkling wine world! Anyone with a relative knowledge of languages will know that […]

We are Crowdfunding on Indiegogo!!

crowdfunding

As everyone likes a surprise, we’ve got one for you!! We are now officially crowdfunding on Indiegogo. Indiegogo is a platform to fund ingenious, work-in-progress products and ideas. Although contributing to a campaign is not the same as purchasing a product, when you support a crowdfunding project, you help bring ideas to life! We want […]

Introducing the wines of Bodegas Menade

A producer that we have grown very fond of recently – Bodegas Menade – Produced in Rueda – Enjoyed in the UK! Bodegas Menade began back in 1820 when their ancestors tended vineyards in a wide variety of sites that today form part of DO Rueda. The wine-making was produced in an underground facility in La Seca, […]

The New Website Is Live!!

Website

We have some exciting news just in time for the Christmas rush – we have constructed a more user-friendly website!! After 11 months in operation, Pull The Cork has come from strength to strength, we have taken on board the advice and feedback from our customers and supplier alike – and created a much more user-friendly […]

What is Sustainable winemaking?

Sustainable

Sustainable winemaking is the catch-all term for several winemaking practices that minimise damage to the environment and, as a result, the end consumer.   In most cases, this means that the winemaker will use only organic products and pesticides in their vineyards eschewing the use of chemical solutions. But whilst organic winemaking is the top […]

Go Beyond Austria’s Grüner Veltliner

Austria

Grüner Veltliner will always be a favourite from Austria, but the country also produces delicious Pinot Noir, Gelber Muskateller, Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt, Sauvignon Blancs and blends that you’re going to want on your shelf. Meinklang uses the highest form of agriculture and this is one that preserves itself fruitfully and thus becomes independent. Embedded in a steppe […]

Pull The Cork’s Halloween themed wines

Halloween

Once you’ve closed the door for the final time to trick or treaters, because it’s their bedtime, and anyone else that is still out knocking on the door is either a lawbreaker or too old to be trick or treating, what do you do? It’s 8 pm, all the sweets (and kale) are gone, but […]

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