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

A Champagne Vintage fit for the Queen
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Late last year I attended a Pol Roger Champagne tasting which consisted of their NV (non-vintage) Brut, Vintage 2002, Rosé Vintage 2004 and their top Cuvée (special blend) Sir Winston Churchill 2000. I was struck not only by the quality … Read More

Wine & Sun in Switzerland – Really?
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My thoughts before a recent trip to Geneva: cold weather, dull and expensive wines made from weird grape varieties. I stayed with a friend and felt, on behalf of my dear blog readers, duty bound to pay her local vineyard … Read More

Wooing Tree Vineyard Masterclass
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Friday 13 September, KL Wooing Tree Vineyard Masterclass was held at Hugo’s on 6, Best Western Premier Dua Sentral, organised by New Zealand Unlimited together with the Sommelier Association of Malaysia (SOMLAY) Steve Farquharson is co-owner of the Vineyard along … Read More

Mushroom & Spinach Korma
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From BBC Food Recipes by Nigel Slater “Quick Korma” Serves 4 Ingredients: 3 medium onions 3 cloves of garlic a thick slice of butter a thumb-sized piece of ginger 10 green cardamom pods 1 tsp ground cumin ½ tsp ground … 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

Chocolate-Marbled Meringues
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From Weightwatchers.co.uk Serves 10 Ingredients: 4 individual Egg White 225 g Sugar, Caster 2 teaspoons (heaped) Cocoa Powder, sifted 50 g Chocolate, Plain, dark Method: Preheat the oven to 130°C. Line 2 baking sheets with non-stick baking parchment. 1.Whisk the … 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

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

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

Chocolate Macaroons
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From Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson Makes 25 pieces Ingredients: 2 egg whites 200gm ground almonds 30gm cocoa powder 175gm icing sugar Method: 1.Preheat oven to 200C, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or preferably Bake-O-Glide. 2. Mix … Read More

White Bean & Bacon Dip with Rosemary Pita Chips
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From Wine, Food & Friends, by Karen MacNeil Serves 8 (serving size 3 pita chips & 3 tbsp dip) Ingredients: Chips: ½ tsp dried crushed rosemary ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp garlic powder 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper 3 … Read More

Savoie Salad
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From “Matching Food & Wine”, Michel Roux Jr Serves 6 Ingredients: 6 Salad Potatoes Walnut Oil 200g Streaky Bacon cut into lardons (thin strips) Olive Oil Red Wine Vinegar 750g Salad Leaves Seasoning 2 Shallots 300g Comte or Gruyere cheese … Read More