Dream Team of Dinner Party Wines
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Published 1 May 2017, ABWM Magazine, “Take A Sip” Column, Malaysia Rather than following this edition’s theme of suggesting my perfect dinner partners I’ve listed my dream team of wines…. Champagne for starters.  The choice of quality champagnes is vast, but more … Read More

The French Gastronomic Meal (with Wine)
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I went to IKEA in Avignon for lunch over the summer. Not through choice so much as a necessity. I had visited the sports store next door with my 14 year old son so close to lunchtime that apparently his … Read More

Cooking with Wine
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Keith Floyd was a passionate cook who liked a little wine (often while presenting his TV shows). His book on France is a delight. In his recipe for Pears in Red Wine he advises “wine not good enough to drink … Read More

Wine Choices for Barbecue Recipes
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Food and wine matching or pairing is highly subjective; mainly because taste is a very personal thing. I was able to conduct a few wine matching experiments this summer with a string of friends and relatives who visited us in … Read More

A Provencal Picnic
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Here I am in Provence for the summer, once again making sure readers of my blog get up-to-date advice on the local dry, fresh, and fruity pink wines produced in the area. I wanted to do a piece on Provencal … Read More

Making Wine Progress
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At a lunch recently I was very pleasantly surprised to see a progressive wine list. The Acme Bar in KL has arranged its wines into categories according to taste and flavour. For example they have grouped their whites as aromatic, … Read More

U is for Umami
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I plan to talk about Wine Apps in a few days but couldn’t wait to let you know about “WineQuest” which, and I quote, “after a quick taste interview can predict if you’re going to love, like, or simply hate … Read More

T is for Tannin in Wine
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Tannin – found in red wine, is characterised by astringency (a dry or rough sensation in the mouth) and bitterness (detected by your tastebuds at the back of your tongue). Drinking a cup of strong tea without milk will offer … Read More

N is for Nigella
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I just couldn’t justify blogging about anything else beginning with N. For the few who do not know, Nigella is an English home cook who has a few books and TV series to her name. My website contains 19 posts … Read More

C is for Cooking (with Wine)
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Obviously I could have written about Chardonnay although I have done that before, or indeed Champagne or Chenin Blanc but don’t worry they are in the pipeline as topics for this month’s blog challenge. Cooking with wine or cooking to … Read More

Wine & Chocolate Anyone?
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Avid readers of my column in the ABWM magazine may recall this article was originally published there in May 2010.  I always refer to what I consider to be a wine & food match made in heaven.  So if this … Read More

Cheese & Wine Evenings
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“It is a scientific fact that the tannins in red wines react favourably with protein.”  one of my very own quotes a few months ago. Nothing has changed; foods with high protein content, such as cheese, will soften the effect … Read More

Chinese Wines & Food to Match
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With Chinese New Year around the corner I thought it appropriate to discuss all things Chinese.  On a recent trip to China I tried Great Wall wine – Chardonnay to be precise and whilst it didn’t smell or taste very … Read More