Rosé-coloured glasses, Provence and beyond
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I last wrote about rosé wines 4 years ago when Provence was experiencing increased global demand for its deliciously fresh and fruity pale salmon-coloured wines.  They capture the idyllic Mediterranean lifestyle in a bottle. It’s been more than a passing … Read More

In need of a little fortification?
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On my journey to try to master all things vinous I have come to love the category of Fortified Wines be they Madeira, Port, Vin Doux Naturels, Liquer Muscats or Sherry.  The history behind each style’s production methods and their … 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

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

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

Newsletter-Food & Wine Matching-May’12
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This month’s Newsletter sees the launch of the inaugural Wine & Supper Club, a link to the Food & Wine Matching App from Natalie Maclean and of course not forgetting “wines of the month”