Author Archives: James Nathan

What’s Holding Back the Mother’s Day Wine Industry?

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! And for many sons and daughters, the question of what to buy mother dearest on this important occasion weighs heavy on their minds. What, after all, does one get the woman who has everything? “A nice bottle of wine!” your musing mind may suggest… But all-too-often we shout […]

How we’re making Pull The Cork eco-friendly in 2019 🌲♻

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Going green: How we’re making Pull The Cork eco-friendly in 2019🌲🌳♻ From gloomy news on CO2 emissions, through to the rise of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the message is getting clearer by the day: if we’re going to ‘save the planet’, then now’s most definitely the time to change our ways, and create more […]

Join The English Wine Wave With Nutbourne

Nutbourne

English wine has been evident in the press a lot quite recently, so here we are ready to introduce to you a hidden secret – Nutbourne Vineyards!   How did Nutbourne Vineyards start? Nutbourne Vineyards are a pioneer in the UK wine industry, with 20 acres of vines being planted with Germanic varieties (Bacchus, Huxelrebe […]

Drinking Wine in a Positive & Healthy Way with Eve Kalinik

We recently interviewed a leading nutritional therapist – Eve Kalinik. A natural wine lover and author of Be Good to your Gut and we are delighted to share her thoughts here below.   What prompted you to go down the nutritional therapy route? It sounds like such a cliché but it was really personal health […]

Celebrating International Women’s Day – The Wonder Women

Women

Today, Friday 8th March is International Women’s Day. To celebrate, we are highlighting two of our favourite incredibly talented female winemakers and grape growers that we are lucky enough to work with. Below is two of the most influential female winemakers that are turning out some incredible wines at the moment.   Marta Pedra Marta […]

Winery Interview With Cantina Orsogna

Cantina Orsogna

Please introduce yourself and Cantina Orsogna: Cantina Orsogna, created in 1964, is a cooperative company of 450 partners. It is the largest producer of organic and biodynamic wines in the south centre of Italy. It has more than 1.100 hectares of vines, 80% is certified organic, and 30% is certified biodynamic by Demeter. Cantina Orsogna has […]

The 4 Best Wine Pairings For Pancake Day

Pancake Day

With Shrove Tuesday around the corner, we’ve teamed up with Ballymaloe trained Chef – Fred Hills to hear his favourite pancake recipes to match with 4 of our new favourite wine choices. With a combination of sweet and sour flavours, wine pairing is never easy to handle, so here’s a helping hand to tackle the […]

Have You Tried The Wines From Ministry of Clouds??

Ministry of Clouds

Ministry of Clouds is the brainchild of Julian Forewood and Bernice Ong, which has achieved cult status in a short amount of time due to their beautifully crafted wines. They produce wines which speak of the lands that they come from, providing a sense of season and place. Each wine is naturally fermented in individual vineyard […]

Have You Tried The Wonders From Schubert Wines??

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Well, I hadn’t either until not too long ago and now I want to keep trying them!! SCHUBERT WINES is the dynamic vision of Kai Schubert and Marion Deimling, graduates of the esteemed Viticulture and Oenology University of Geisenheim, Germany. Both Kai and Marion were born and raised in Germany. Kai had the experience of […]

The Best Ways To Celebrate Valentine’s Day For Wine Lovers

valentine

During the month of February, anyone that buys wine, subscriptions, or accessories from us will receive a nice little discount, it’s all about sharing the love! Make sure you use the code WINEFORMYLOVE. This credit can be applied towards an upcoming subscription payment, or you can use it in our online Pull The Cork Shop to […]

Wine Trends To Watch Out For In 2019

wine trends

In the last year, we’ve seen various wacky trends in the wine industry. From the continuous love for Rosé to the rise in the popularity of sustainably produced wines. The majority of wine consumers are now millennials, and as result, they’re shaping the future of the wine industry. We can officially say that 2019 will […]

Animal Products In Wine, Can Vegans Drink Wine?

Vegans

I imagine you’re probably asking yourself, Isn’t wine just made with grapes? The answer to that is of course – yes, wine is made with just grapes, but there are different processes when making wine which makes a wine suitable for vegans or not. What is the ‘fining process’, and how does it work? In […]

Wine Pairings with Your Favorite Comfort Food

comfort food

As the weather draws in, many of us find ourselves working longer hours, not seeing daylight, and giving up on new years resolutions, so, therefore, craving steaming piles of macaroni and cheese and heaps of comfort food whilst snuggled up on the sofa with the right wines to match. The inclination to brave the weather […]

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!

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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

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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!

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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!

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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, […]

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