Category Archives: Natural Wine

What is Sustainability in the Wine Industry?

Sustainability

In a recent article, we talked about the link between sustainable farming and natural wine, and elsewhere we’ve touched briefly on what sustainable farming is in terms of wine certification.  But we wanted to talk more in-depth about sustainability in the wine industry. In particular, what is being done to ensure that the nation’s favourite […]

What You Need to Know About Orange Wine

Orange

First things first – no, orange wine isn’t made from oranges.  In fact, orange wine has absolutely NOTHING to do with oranges, except they share the same colour, kind of.  Orange wine is a type of white wine, but one that has been made like red wine.  Are you following? Orange wine is essentially white […]

Wild Fermentation – Embracing Individuality in the Wine World

Fermentation

There is a topic on the lips of oenophiles the world over – fermentation. In particular, wild fermentation.  Wild fermentation is synonymous with natural wine. Industrial fermentation is what the rest of the wine-producing world does.  Now, wine doesn’t require any additional yeasts or additives to get it to ferment and produce that wondrous liquid […]

If You Embrace Wonky Veg, Why Not Embrace Natural Wine?

Wonky

You may be wondering what on earth the link between a wonky carrot and a bottle of natural wine is, but bear with us.  The nation has fallen in love with wonky veg We have seen food campaigners in recent years highlight the plight of the 795 million people who inhabit our little green planet, […]

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 […]

The Hugely Talented Winemaker Frank Cornelissen

Frank Cornelissen

Just last week I was presented with the opportunity to stock these remarkable wines from an even more remarkable person – Frank Cornelissen. These natural wines from Mount Etna are incredibly hard to get your hands on and are produced in very small quantities, which presented us with a very attractive offer, especially when you […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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, […]

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 […]

Five Healthy Autumn Recipes

autumn recipes

Five healthy autumn recipes and the sustainable wines to pair them with The evenings here in London are drawing in rapidly. Only a month ago the sun was setting at a leisurely, life inducing 8 pm. Now it’s gone soon after 6 pm. The sun is regressing to a childhood bedtime, the sky has snapped, […]

What you need to know about the natural sparkling wine – Pet Nat

Pet Nat

What are these “pet nat” sparkling wines my trendy friends keep talking about? Recently dubbed as ‘hipster bubbles’ by wine lovers, Pet Nat (short for Pétillant Naturel) is a natural sparkling wine. Being a fully naturally made wine this means it has been made with minimal intervention from the winemaker – during production, who instead […]

Top 5 under-reported benefits of natural red wine

natural red wine

Wine, or variants of it, have been around for millennia, with the earliest version of Pull the Cork around over six thousand years ago in Armenia – well, a winery producing natural red wine – which is what we sell. That cave was also the site of the oldest brain, the earliest shoe, and a […]

Dilute your budget, not your wine…

supermarket

Supermarket wine is a bit like Coca-Cola – the same taste, every year, at the same price. Everywhere. It is the opposite to the wine our customers buy from this platform. Our wine is small production, natural and sustainable. It is wine. Unlike commercially manufactured wine products, which are sometimes diluted from concentrate, our wine is what you […]

Five summer wines you’ve never heard of!

summer wines

Five summer wines you’ve never heard of, but should almost certainly try! A lot of wine-lovers these days tend to walk into a shop, or buy online what they already know, so that’s where we come in – our job is to help you navigate through the maze of sustainable wine, and trust me even […]

How to survive a heatwave with wine.

heatwave

We are experiencing one of the most glorious summers in decades. Weeks on end of blue skies and delightful sunshine. Some Londoners have even forgotten what rain looks like. A result of global warming, weather patterns are predicted to be more volatile, hotter summers and colder winters. So we better prepare ourselves and adapt to […]

Which Wines Are The Best For Your Health?

The Best For Your Health

That question you are probably asking yourself every Monday night – ‘Which Wines Are The Best For Your Health‘? These health benefits should inspire you to pour a glass of our sustainable wine tonight. You may have heard that wine offers health benefits… Some of what you hear may be wishful thinking or the exaggerated […]

Ciu Ciu in the Garden

Ciu Ciu in the Garden

Our Monday movie, (Ciu Ciu in the Garden)..some amazing new wines this week, stay tuned! Make sure you subscribe to our channel!!

Sustainable, Organic, Low intervention, Vegan, Biodynamic, Natural….so many choices. Why not fully Biodynamic?

Why not fully Biodynamic

At Pull The Cork we have a wide range of wines, that each in their own way is a result of sustainable wine production in some form. The winemaker will have his own ideas on how to produce the best possible wine from his piece of land using all the methods available. To sell the […]

What is natural Wine?

Natural Wine

The natural wine movement is now reaching new heights, both in terms of production and consumption, and there are still a lot of people out there, especially those that we are preaching to that still don’t know a lot about natural wine. I think now it’s time to define these wines so consumers know that what […]