F is for Francophile
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 As part of the preparation for today’s blog I took an online test to ascertain whether or not I am a Francophile and apparently I am. This means that I sympathise with the culture (oui) government (non), history (peut-etre non), … Read More

B is for Bordeaux or do you prefer Bored Doe?
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B is for Bordeaux, or do you prefer Bored Doe? More importantly which of these two wines would you buy? Particularly as the latter is a Cabernet Sauvignon red blend with a very non-plussed female deer and a French chateau … Read More

Wines for Thaipusam
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Thaipusam is a public holiday in several states in Malaysia including Selangor, Penang, Johor and Kuala Lumpur.  This is a major Hindu festival celebrating the victory of good over evil. The biggest celebration occurs at Batu Caves which is considered … Read More

Newsletter- Chateau Unang, Xmas 2012
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See my Xmas newsletter for details of these exciting new wines and festive recipes matched perfectly…………

Autumnal Reds
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Around about now if we were in Europe we would be thinking (well I would) about opening a reasonably robust warm tannic red wine to enjoy in front of the fire – just the thing after a day wrapped up … Read More

Curried Chickpea, Lentil & Pumpkin Dip
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(This is in fact based on Gordon Ramsey’s curried chickpea samosa filling) Ingredients 2 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tsp hot curry powder 1 tsp garam masala 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp ground turmeric 1 small onion, peeled and finely … Read More

The Pope’s new home………….Chateauneuf-du-Pape
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I’m lucky enough to travel to the Southern Rhone Valley most summers and am always blown away by the quality, price and variety of the styles of wine produced. Red wines are in the majority and the most popular grape … Read More