Dream Team of Dinner Party Wines
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Published 1 May 2017, ABWM Magazine, “Take A Sip” Column Rather than following the theme of suggesting my perfect dinner partners I thought I’d list my dream team of wines. Champagne for starters.  The choice of quality champagnes is vast, … Read More

Pinot Grigio Vino Spumante Brut
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Produced by M&S winemaker Jeneve Williams and local expert Scipione Giuliani in northern Italian regions of Oltrepò Pavese and Veneto. A delicously light & refreshing sparkling wine. Dry with floral aromas,nutty & citrus flavours. Good quality for this price.  A … Read More

Mozzarella, Basil & Tomato Salad
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Recipe widely available – this is my version Serves 4  Ingredients: 4 large tomatoes 2 cups mozzarella cheese 8 -10 leaves fresh basil 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil salt and pepper balsamic vinegar (optional) Method: 1.Slice tomatoes and mozzarella … Read More

“Luce” Wine Master Class
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Tuesday 21 May, KL Luce Wines Master Class held at BERJAYA University College of Hospitality, organised by Albert Wines and Spirits together with the Sommelier Association of Malaysia (SOMLAY) Peter Ferguson, Global Sales Director for Tenute Luce Della Vite,  Montalcino, … Read More

Newsletter – An Italian Lesson
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This newsletter is all about Italian wine and contains hints on how to decipher the least user-friendly of labels.  I suggest a mixed case for Spring, a fabulous Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc for wine of the month and a healthy wine-friendly … Read More

Tiramisù Veloce
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From Jamie’s Italy by Jamie Oliver Serves 4 Ingredients: 15 sponge fingers 285ml good strong coffee, freshly brewed 4 tbsp caster sugar 500gms mascarpone 2 vanilla beans 140ml vin santo or sweet sherry Zest and juice of 1 orange 100g … Read More

Jamie’s Lemon & Basil Pasta
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One of Jamie Oliver’s 30 minute meals (noted from the TV episode) Serves 4 Ingredients: 500g of Fresh Tagliatelle or Paperdelle 1.5 Lemons (juice & zest) 150g grated Parmesan (25g reserved for serving) Coarse sea salt flakes, Pepper 2 egg … Read More

Pancetta & Grape Salad
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Jamie’s 30 minute meals (noted from the TV episode) Serves 4 Ingredients: Mixed lettuce leaves and Rocket Balsamic Vinegar Extra Virgin Olive Oil Juice of 1 Lemon 1 Garlic Clove, crushed 12 slices of Pancetta/Smoked Bacon 25 Grapes Method: 1. … Read More

H is for Harvest
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The harvesting of wine grapes can happen anytime between the end of August to November in the Northern Hemisphere and between February and April in the Southern Hemisphere. I apologise if it seems as though I am pointing out the … Read More

G is for Grapes, Wine Grapes
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The wonderful Jancis Robinson MW recently published a book listing 700 of the most popular grape varieties. Along with her co-authors and using the most cutting-edge DNA analysis it details almost 1,400 distinct vine  varieties. This is my kind of … Read More

An Italian Lesson
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I’m guessing the majority of you feel Italian wine labels offer very little indication as to the usually delicious liquids residing inside the bottle. Some wines even come without a back label. This is probably not going to change very … Read More

Insalata Caprese
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From “Jamie’s Italy” by Jamie Oliver Serves 4 Ingredients: 4 x 150gm balls of buffalo mozzarella 2 handfuls of good, mixed ripe tomatoes of different shapes and sizes White of 1 spring onion, very finely sliced Extra virgin olive oil … Read More

Cinnamon Almond Cake
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From Nigellissima by Nigella Lawson Serves 8-12 slices Ingredients: 8 egg whites 150g caster sugar Few drops almond extract Zest of 1 clementine or ½ orange 125 mls mild and light olive oil, plus more for greasing tin 150g ground … Read More

Newsletter – Provencal Pinks – Jan 2013
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The first newsletter of the year was of course about New Year’s Resolutions, none of them including wine thankfully.  An update on Provencal Rosés, details of the the launch of another Beginners Food & Wine Club.  A lovely new Recipe … Read More

Sicilian Pasta with Tomatoes, Garlic and Almonds
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(From Nigellissima by Nigella Lawson) Serves 6 Ingredients: 500gm Fusilli Lunghi or other pasta of your choice Salt for pasta water – to taste 250gm cherry tomatoes 6 anchovy fillets 25gm golden sultanas 2 cloves garlic, peeled 2 x 15ml … Read More

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