Category Archives: Health

Which wine has the lowest sugar content?

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Are you worried about the calories in red wine? Or the number of calories in wine in general? The rise of the anti-sugar movement over the last few years hasn’t just impacted the food industry, it’s made its way into wine as well. With so many of us following low sugar diets or omitting it […]

Reimagining Socialising – Isolation Wine Tasting 2020

Socialising

A recent article by The IWSR stated that as social distancing was fast becoming the new norm, that anything or anyone who can offer ‘a sense of discovery, community and social giving will do well in today’s climate’.  Let’s face it, social distancing was never going to come between people and their wine, so we’ve […]

What’s the difference between filtered and unfiltered wines?

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During a recent isolation wine tasting with Elliot Awin, one of the questions that was asked was:  ‘What’s the difference between filtered and unfiltered wines?’ And we thought we’d pick this thread up and run with it.  Wine is a liquid in limbo – a step on the slippery slope that runs from grape juice […]

Wine – The Saviour of Self-Isolation

Self-Isolation

Everyone keeps saying what strange times we’re living in, and it’s true. Never in living memory has the world shut down like this. Walls are being erected, markets are tumbling, travel is curtailed, work is cancelled, schools are shut and socialising is taboo.  Welcome to our new reality.  Covid-19 and the wine industry But before […]

What do you know about wine additives?

wine additives

Do you know about these common (and not so common) wine additives? Winemaking, in theory, is such an easy process – you pick grapes, crush them and let the naturally present yeast work its magic. Using the sugar from the grapes, the yeast turns the resulting liquid from grape juice into wine.  But life isn’t […]

6 Reasons You Should Try Natural Wine 

natural wine

Natural wine can be divisive amongst those who consider themselves oenophiles. And yes, not all natural wines are great examples of the category, but that is the case the wine world over – even in the same cellar there will be great years of one wine and poor years of the same one. Such is […]

Vegan Wine: The Debate Continued

Vegan Wine

There was a debate recently on the Natural Wine Forum, a page set up on Facebook to give organic, biodynamic, red, white, rosé and orange low intervention wines from all over the world the love they deserve.  The natural wine movement has been the biggest game-changer in the 21st-century wine world (according to Decanter) and […]

Is Organic Wine Sulphite Free?

Organic Wine

Organic farming is farming which uses no synthetic chemical products. Organically certified wine is wine that is produced from 100% organically grown grapes and the wine is manufactured without the use of any chemicals. So it stands to reason therefore, that organic wine must be sulphite free. But hold on, don’t jump to any conclusions […]

10 Amazing Health Benefits of Wine

Health Benefits

Not a day seems to go by when we aren’t bombarded with various news articles proclaiming the detrimental effects of drinking wine. Just when you think you’ll never imbibe another drop again, the pendulum swings the other way and a piece of science lauding the health benefits of wine is released, and we consumers are […]

Histamine Free Wine? Low Histamine Wine Is It a Thing?

Histamine

Those with Histamine Sensitivities Stick to Natural wine! Do you experience unexplained headaches when drinking wine? Does your face flush when you drink red wine? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then you could be experiencing an allergic reaction. What is histamine? According to mindbodygreen.com Histamine is a chemical involved in your […]

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 […]

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 plant-based foods for the month of January. Why did you decide to go vegan? Giving a vegan lifestyle 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, resorting to watery alcohol free wheat […]

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? Are they dangerous?

sulphites

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Undiscovered wines of Greece

wines of Greece

For one of the oldest wine producing wine regions in the world, the wines of Greece haven’t risen quickly. Greece has been known for producing wines that don’t necessarily give it a good name – to name one; Retsina…Retsina is a uniquely flavoured wine to say the very least! A wine that is made using pine […]

Why drink Vegan, and where can I find Vegan wine?

Free Run Juice

These days there are many more people out there that are conscious about their health, and who are also conscious about what’s in the glass, what’s on the label, and what additives etc are actually added in the making of that given wine. ‘Wines that are suitable for vegans’ is in a basic term, alcohol […]