Wines of Australia
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Do you remember your first glass of Australian Chardonnay?  Was it sunshine in a glass together with heaps of alcohol and oak flavouring? At a recent Wines of Australia tasting entitled “History & Evolution” aimed at sommeliers here, the message … Read More

Casa Marin Riesling San Antonio Valley Chile 2009
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From the cooler Coastal region of Catagena in the San Antonio Valley This dry Riesling, tasted on the Advanced Course, was simply outstanding.  Intense and complex.  Lemon zesty, refreshing acidity, deliciously textural body with layers of flavour.  Very long minerally … Read More

Do you remember your first wine?
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No, I don’t either, I do however remember the first wine that made me sit up and take note – I was preparing a tasting note in fact. It was 15 years ago but I remember exactly where I was … Read More

Lime, Orange and Passion Fruit Eton Mess
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From WeightWatchers.co.uk Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 medium Lime, Whole, zest and juice 2 medium Passion Fruit 2 medium Orange 300 g Yogurt, Greek, 0% Fat 200 g low-fat cottage cheese, (or low fat ricotta) 1 tbsp Artificial Sweetener, powdered, to … Read More

Tiger Prawn & Apple Salad
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From Matching Food and Wine by Michel Roux Jr Serves 6 Ingredients: 18 (350gms) tiger prawns 6 tbsp vegetable oil 2 garlic cloves 2 tsp clear honey 1 tsp Madras curry powder Juice of 2 limes Juice of 1 lemon … Read More

R is for Riesling Romance
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So many R possibilities. I was sorely tempted to cover the Rhone Valley for the R blog but I Realized that would take days, so much to blog about but then I thought about Riesling and couldn’t Resist. Recently I … Read More

Q is for Qualitatswein mit Pradikat
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Things have moved on since the days of Blue Nun or Black Tower (both of which are making a comeback apparently). German QmP wines are quality wines with an attribute, in this case ripeness levels; ripeness bring not only sweetness … Read More

Pear-Cheese Strata
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  From Wine, Food & Friends, by Karen MacNeil Serves 10 Ingredients: Cooking Spray 10 (50gm) slices sturdy white bread 2 cups late harvest sweet riesling or other sweet white wine ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp black pepper 1 ½ … Read More

I is for Ice Wine
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What is it? A luscious dessert wine, thick and viscous, tastes of apricot, peaches, honey, mango, melon and has some nuttiness too, with a long finish meaning the flavour stays with you long after you have finished sipping. Where is … Read More

Newsletter-Food & Wine Club Launch-Oct’12
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In the October Newsletter – details of the Food & Wine Club, Recipe and Wine of the Month

Damp Lemon & Almond Cake
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(How to be a Domestic Goddess – Nigella Lawson) Serves 6-8 Ingredients: 225g soft unsalted butter 225g caster sugar 4 large eggs 50g plain flour 225g ground almonds 1/2tsp almond essence grated zest and juice of 2 lemons Method: 1. … Read More

Spiced Vegetable & Lentil Soup
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From “Weightwatchers ProPoints” Serves 4, 2 ProPoints each if you are counting……… Ingredients Cooking Spray 1 large onion. chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 tablespoon curry powder 2 medium carrots, chopped 150g butternut squash, chopped 1 medium courgette, chopped 1L … Read More