Croatia SmoothRed Gets Tough - The spring season is, more than anything, a time to experience new things, and that’s truer than ever for us here at SmoothRed. Over the coming weeks, we’re offering an exciting new European destination, beginning our first tours to experience Reims’ world-famous Champagne festival, launching a brand new website and even getting muddy for charity. […]
marathon-du-medoc The world’s booziest race – and other dates for your diary in 2017 - At SmoothRed we pride ourselves on tailor-making trips to suit our guests’ desires. But we’re full of inspiring ideas, too. Here’s our pick of the wine festivals of 2017, from the quirky to the more formal, with some suggestions about how you can join in the fun and taste local wines with our excellent personal […]
snow-in-vinayard-europe How to make Christmas dinner go with a pop - A glass of bubbly is the perfect way to toast the Christmas season. Yet, instead of offering friends and family a sip of Champagne, how about a glass of “Sussex’’? Sussex wines have been winning awards for some time now. But the granting of protected regional status by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural […]
san-sebastain-2 An Iberian Winter - San Sebastián: a shining, coastal Basque city, famed around the world for its pintxos street food and vast range of Michelin restaurants. Valladolid: the magnificent, historic home to some of Spain’s most quintessential gastronomic traditions. Rioja: arguably Spain’s finest wine region and the source of some of the country’s most incredible mountain views. Christmas: not […]
rolling-chablis-vineyards Champagne to Chablis: A Festive Road Trip - Cold, isn’t it? The creeping chill of winter might be putting a bit of a dampener on those early mornings and late nights, but there’s one little piece of solace to be drawn out of it: Christmas is now so close that you can almost taste it. With that in mind, let’s put a hypothetical […]
bar-terrasse-horizonbleu As The Seasons Change… - So you may have noticed that, in the last few weeks, we’ve departed the summer once and for all. The sun’s not showing up as much as anyone would like, the day’s are getting perilously short and everything’s all become rather cold. Sadly, as we enter autumn and winter, the opportunities for a bit of […]
City Breaks In Lyon - Looking for a weekend away full of gastronomy and wine? Go no further than Beaujolais and the Rhône Valley; perfect for quick city breaks in Lyon or quiet retreats in luxury vineyard spa hotels. This write-up is from SmoothRed’s own Anna, who’s just returned from the region. Just a couple of hours’ flight – or […]
Win a trip for two to Bordeaux! - Well, here’s something special for you. To celebrate – oh, let’s say the harvest – we’ve decided to give away a rather special prize: two nights at the magnificent Grand Hotel in Bordeaux and a half day’s wine tour of the Margaux and Haut-Medoc region! It’s easy as anything to enter – just head over […]
grapes-in-hamds SmoothRed Harvest Experiences - It’s one of the most exciting times of the year for any viticulture aficionado worth their salt (we know you’re out there) – the end of August sees the northern hemisphere celebrate the harvest. Across the USA, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Greece and beyond, vineyards will be at their busiest as they pluck the […]
Swiss-wine-tours-2 A step into the unknown… - France, Italy, Spain, Portugal. Ask a lot of people and you’ll find those countries held up high as their go-to wine destinations of choice – and why not? They’re beautiful places to be, full of all sorts of things to see and do and produce some of the absolute finest wines on the planet. Touching […]
Provence-Vineyard August’s Wine of the Month - The latest from our resident wine expert, Tony: “Has to be a rosé with all the recent sunshine we’ve been experiencing, and what better than Château D’Esclans’ iconic wine – we had a few magnums of it for my son’s thirtieth birthday! What a treat it was too, produced by Sacha Lichine and named Whispering […]
historia-bento-goncalves An Olympian Wine - Brazil isn’t the most well-known region in the world when it comes to wine. It’s certainly living in the shadow of some of its neighbours, such as, for example, Chile or Argentina. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t produce its fair share of corking wines, though. Its tropical climate is a bit of an issue (South […]
Fotolia_87851527_L SmoothRed On Instagram: Our Picks - Here at SmoothRed, we tend to be lucky to get around a fair bit. Part of delivering the service we do requires knowing what we’re talking about – and sometimes that means getting stuck in with Europe’s wine regions. One nice little side-effect of that, of course, is that we’ve got a lovely collection of […]
On Swiss Winemaking - How often have you tried Swiss wine? Unless you’re something of a connoisseur, the answer may well be ‘never’. Even if you are, it’s hardly going to be a regular presence in your cellar – unless you’re Swiss yourself, of course. It’s surprising, then, that the country is as much of a wine producer as […]
Credit: Arnaud Bertrande Inside the Bordeaux Wine Museum - As if you needed another reason to visit Bordeaux. La Cité du Vin is the world’s largest wine museum, and opened back at the end of May this year. Located in the city itself – a suitably neutral position which nicely circumnavigates the issue of having to decide which particular region or bank in Bordeaux […]
wine A SmoothRed Discovery - Here’s a find and a half: SmoothRed’s director and resident wine expert, Tony Stebbings, has come across this little gem in his own collection. It’s Champagne, of course – nothing but the best – from some little-known estate called Moët & Chandon. We can’t quite date it specifically, but you can just make out that […]
Casa-Museu_Jardins Trip Highlight: The Lisbon Wine Experience - Well, you can’t say it’s not topical. Football fans, general sports aficionados and generally everybody with any sort of finger on any sort of pulse will know that Portugal, those not-so-scampy, not-so-underdogs, have just soared to victory in the 2016 Euros against the host nation of France. In typical Portuguese style, the celebrations in Lisbon […]
Palio_di_Siena_-_Assunta_2011_-_Torre_2 Next Month: The Palio di Siena - We tend not to dedicate entire blog posts to one-off events or festivals – or, at least, we’ve never done it before now, accustomed as we are to writing up bizarre lists and hard-to-find wine recommendations instead. That should shed some light, then, on just how exciting the Palio di Siena is. It’s something you’ve […]
vineyard 5 English Wines To See You Through Summer - Sometimes, sticking to the classics – be it France, Spain, Italy, the USA, Australia or anywhere else like that – can get a bit samey. That’s not to say those regions don’t have more to discover in wine than anyone could possibly dream of, but it’s nice to go a bit further afield once in […]
champagne The Wines of Euro 2016 - Unless you’ve spent the last week or so living under a particularly hefty rock, you’ll probably be aware of the fact that France is currently hosting the 2016 UEFA Euros – one of the more prestigious tournaments in a little-known game called ‘football’. As we often like doing at SmoothRed, we’ve gone and thrown together […]