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

Tasting of Light & Refreshing Wines
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Sign up for a Masterclass on Light & Refreshing White Wines on Friday 10 March – particularly if you are bored with Sauvignon Blanc!!! Includes Refreshing Lunch Perfectly matched with a seafood menu from Southern Rock Seafood. Deadline for signup … Read More

New Wines for A New Year – even a Rooster
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If you are looking for something new in the world of wine you may like to try a “Natural” or “Sans Soufre” wine (made without the addition of Sulphur Dioxide).  The natural wine movement has been around for more than … Read More

Slut Red Raspberries in Chardonnay Jelly
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From www.nigella.com by Nigella Lawson Serves 6 Ingredients: 1 x 750mls bottle good fruity chardonnay 300 gms raspberries 1 vanilla pod (split lengthwise) 16 gms gelatine leaves 250 gms caster sugar double cream (to serve) Method: 1.Place the wine and … Read More

England’s Green and Pleasant Wines
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  I was in England earlier this year and managed to pay my first visit to a local vineyard.  Chapel Down in Tenterden, Kent is our largest producer at around 1 million bottles of wine, roughly a sixth of the … 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

Jules Taste of Provence Master Class
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Thursday 17 April, 2014. The Taste of Provence Master Class held at BERJAYA University College of Hospitality, brought to us by Straits Wine Company together with the Sommelier Association of Malaysia (SOMLAY). Julian Faulkner of Domaine de Grand Cros in … Read More

Lemon Mascarpone Tart with Summer Fruits
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From Cravecheese.com Serves 8 Ingredients: 1 tube refrigerated sugar cookie dough 1 450g Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics-Mascarpone, at room temperature 1 jar lemon curd 475 g fresh raspberries Method: Preheat oven to 175C. 1.Slice cookie dough into discs about 1 … Read More

Rich Mushroom Soup
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From Wine, Food & Friends, by Karen MacNeil Serves 8 Ingredients: 2 tbsp all-purpose flour 1 cup boiling water 1 cup dried porcini mushrooms (about 28gms) 2 tsp butter 1 ½ cups chopped onion 2 tsp chopped garlic 2 tsp … Read More

Moutabal (Roasted Eggplant Dip)
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From Wine, Food & Friends by Karen MacNeil Serves 12 (about 3tbsp) Ingredients: 2 eggplants, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes ¼ tsp salt, divided 3 tbsp olive oil, divided ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper Cooking spray ¾ … Read More

Y is for [yellow tail]
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Today I went shopping for a [yellow tail] wine. This was a first. I find the story about the success of the wine fascinating but have to admit to never tasting it. I would have preferred to taste it blind … Read More

X is for Xarel-lo (a Cava grape)
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One of the three traditional and indigenous grape varieties used in the making of Cava sparkling wine bringing strength and body to the blend. Cava is a Spanish sparkling wine made using the Traditional Method used in Champagne. The minimum … 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

Leek, Mushroom & Gruyère Quiche
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  From www.BBCGoodFood.com by Barney Desmazery Serves 8 Ingredients: 25g butter 4 leeks , sliced and washed 250g pack chestnut mushrooms , sliced 2 eggs 284ml double cream 140g Gruyère cheese, coarsely grated For the pastry: 280g plain flour 140g … Read More

E is for England’s green and pleasant (wine) land
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Who would have predicted that good old England would be producing some award-winning sparkling wines and really very decent still wines? I knew the industry was expanding for various reasons but I was surprised to find that there are currently … Read More

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