10 SmoothRed in Porto and the Douro, with Adam Stebbings - Adam Stebbings is SmoothRed’s founder and director. In October 2015, he visited Porto and the Douro Valley for three days of tours and tastings of the region’s very finest wineries. This is his report. Day 1 Our trip to Porto began in style with a wonderful lunch at the Barão Fladgate restaurant, a spectacular location […]
oo SmoothRed in Bordeaux, with Hugo Rose MW - Hugo Rose is a UK-based Master of Wine with over 30 years’ experience in the wine industry. In October 2015, he travelled to Bordeaux with SmoothRed director Adam Stebbings, to host a SmoothRed Deluxe Bordeaux Experience for ten VIP clients. This is his report. Day One The combination of fine autumnal weather, stunning vineyard visits and […]
Champagne caves 5 Champagne Aficionados from Fiction - So, last week saw the world celebrate International Champagne Day (yep, it’s a thing), and today sees the release of SPECTRE, the latest in a line of films featuring a character who is famed for his love of that classic sparkling wine. And that got us thinking – who are the flag-bearers of Champers? James Bond […]
Carcassonne-vignes France’s 5 Most Spectacular Castles and Palaces - If there’s one thing the French do well (apart from the wine, food, culture, language and all that) it’s castles. They’re so good, in fact, that they actually brought them over to England and gave them to us when that little kerfuffle happened in 1066. These are some of France’s best. The Palace of Fontainebleau The […]
redbank-top The 9 Best Celebrity-Owned Wineries - Question: what’s better than opening up a bottle of wine after a hard day’s work? Answer: doing it knowing that the wine was produced by one of the Ghostbusters. Celebrity wines are flourishing nowadays, borne largely out of a combination of people’s love of wine and people’s love of other, more famous people. These are […]
Chateau_de_Brissac The 6 Creepiest Places in (the Wine Regions of) Europe - What with Halloween coming up and everything, we decided that we’d step back from the wine-heavy blogging for a bit and go for something a bit spookier: a simple list of some of the darkest, creepiest places in Europe. Well, not all of Europe – we’ve kept it limited to places that do offer up […]
The 6 Best Gastronomic Specialities from Europe’s Wine Regions - Because a wine trip abroad isn’t just about the wine. Because Europe has so much else to offer. Because, sometimes, you just really, really want to eat. White Truffles – Piedmont, Puglia & Tuscany White truffles – a unique and highly aromatic marble-tinted variation on the esteemed  ‘diamond of the kitchen’ – can be found in a […]
Memorbale Champagne Weekends London’s 6 Best Champagne Bars - This week is National Champagne Week. What this essentially means is that, over the next six days or so, a number of venues around the UK will be partnering with some of the world’s finest Champagne houses to put on a load of fantastic events in celebration of the ultimate fizz. That said, every week is […]
The 5 Best Wine Cocktails - Wine purists, look away now. London Cocktail Week begins on the 5th October and, to celebrate, we’ve decided to try to come up with our very favourite wine-based cocktails. Forget your Mojitos, your Margaritas and your Martinis – these are the drinks you want to be rustling up when you’re after something that’s just about […]
Wine tasting in France Wines of the Rugby World Cup: Pool D - Find Pool A here. Find Pool B here. Find Pool C here. So, tomorrow’s the big day – and, just in time, we’ve got our last part of our guide to the wines of the Rugby World Cup. More exciting than the impending beginning of the games, however – more exciting even than the prospect […]
ddu_main_nz_01 Wines of the Rugby World Cup: Pool C - Find Pool A here. Find Pool B here. Two days to go; we’re getting close. Today, New Zealand (hobbit wine), Argentina (Latino wine), Tonga (no wine), Georgia (old wine) and Namibia (unlikely wine). Commençons. Pool C New Zealand New Zealand, like it’s bigger brother Australia, is pretty on the ball when it comes to wine. Ten major […]
Wines of the Rugby World Cup: Pool B - Find Pool A here. As we inch ever closer to the beginning of the Rugby World Cup – as pitches are prepared, as players psych themselves up, as a legion of confused non-rugby fans desperately try to figure out the difference between Rugby Union and Rugby League – so to does our 4-part guide to […]
Untitled Wines of the Rugby World Cup: Pool A - In just over a week, England will play host to the eighth quadrennial Rugby World Cup. Twenty teams will converge on stadiums all around the country to battle it out for that prestigious top spot. And oh, just imagine how excited we were when we realised that every single one of those countries produces wine. Well, […]
Castle Overview (2) New Trip: The Italian Collection – Venice to Amalfi - Oh, wow. Okay. So we’ve been spending the last few days putting together a tidy little (well, not so little) itinerary for the latest trip to go up on our site. Now, we can happily reveal to you SmoothRed’s latest – the Italian Collection: Venice to Amalfi. It’s heroic in scope: Venice, Milan, Lake Garda, […]
5 Last-Minute Wine Escapes (And A Deal To Go With Them) - So, summer’s basically over. Good while it lasted, right? Well, if you’re not quite ready to swap sun for September, Europe’s wine regions are entering their harvest season, and, frankly, there’s no better time to visit. Get in quick and you’ll even catch the last of the summer warmth. Just to sweeten the deal, we’re also […]
SmoothRed at the Oxford Wine Festival - Ever the jet-setters, the SmoothRed team (or part of it, at least) will be heading up to Oxford this Friday to show off what we do in the company of some of the world’s best viticulturalists and purveyors of fine wines! If you’re heading up there, come say hi to Adam, Anna and Tony – […]
The World’s Top Wine Regions… 2000 Years Ago - Wine is old. Very old. In fact, people have been drinking wine for about 7000 years. Now, we can’t say much for the quality of Neolithic vino, but thanks to some nifty historical documents, we can tell you what was worth drinking in the centuries around the turn of the first millennium. Whether these places still actually […]
6 of the Best Seaside (& Wine) Destinations - There’s something wonderful about how azure, crimson and gold all compliment each other so well. Sea and wine is one hell of a combination, and whenever you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a glass, the coast always seems strangely irresistible. These villages, towns and cities in Europe all sit perched on their respective coastlines, and […]
Le Domaine du Château Brown  Vendanges au Château Brown Book Now to Bordeaux and Get a Free Bottle of Château Brown! - Looks like SmoothRed’s Adam and Tony Stebbings aren’t the only Stebbings to know a thing or two about wine – Guy, Adam’s younger brother, who is getting married next month, will be enjoying Château Brown 2013 Pessac-Leognan at his wedding next month. That wine received the highly-coveted White Champion Trophy at the UK’s International Wine Challenge, […]
Odysseus lived here, once. 6 Great Works of Fiction for Wine-Lovers - “Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.” – John Keats Such were the five things ol’ Keatsy reckoned were crucial to having a good time. We here at SmoothRed may not be able to deliver on the latter three of them […]