Tips and Tricks

We like to share wine tips and tricks so that you can have the best experience with your wines.

Our Simple Scoring System

There are lots of different ways of comparing wines - people talk about the nose, the legs and length, the clarity and colour. Tasting and scoring wines can be complicated and experts tend to use a 100-point scale. We like to keep it simple.
1. I won't finish this glass
2. I'll finish the glass, but I won't have another one
3. I'll have another glass
4. I'll buy a bottle
5. I'll buy a case

Helping your wine studies


If you’re taking your WSET Advanced exam, read my tips HERE

Handy accessories and luxuries

Avina Champagne Stopper

Avina fizz stopper    Strong leak-proof sparkling wine preserver. Keeps the fizz in your bubbly and safe for sideways bottle storage. Suitable sealer for Champagne, Prosecco and Cava.

Pulltex AntiOx Stopper

AntiOx wine stopper The AntiOx stopper is a revolutionary new system for preserving wine and it is extraordinarily simple to use. Simply push firmly onto the bottle to close and pull off to pour. The seal is tight and the filter inside the stopper actively disrupts the oxidising process. In tests, the AntiOx showed almost no deterioration in flavour over 10 days and it markedly outperformed vacuum systems tested over the same period. For optimal performance, please keep the bottle in vertical position.

Tasting Flight Voucher for two £18

Two tasting flights (3 x 50ml glasses each) as available on the night. Redeemable at any Princess and the Pinot event.

Full Flight Voucher for two £38

Two full flights (3 x 125ml glasses each) as available on the night. Redeemable at any Princess and the Pinot event.

Brix assorted chocolate bites £9

Specially developed to pair with wine, it’s a new and fun tasting experience. 24 pieces

Brix Collection £18

This gourmet chocolate collection includes a 4oz brick of each blend and tasting notes and pairing guides all packed into a beautiful presentation case with wax seal.

The Wine Show VacuVin Rapid Ice Active Cooler £8.50

Impatient for that wine to cool? This helps to solve the problem. The drink will be chilled after 5 minutes and stays cool for hours.

The Wine Show VacuVin wine servers

(2pack) £5

Pop into the wine bottle and pour without spilling. No more dribbles.