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

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

England’s Green and Pleasant Wines
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  I was in England earlier this year and managed to pay my first visit to a local vineyard.  Chapel Down in Tenterden, Kent is our largest producer at around 1 million bottles of wine, roughly a sixth of the … 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

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

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

P is for Pear and Almond Cake with Almond Crunch Topping
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I have used this very wine-friendly recipe on many occasions and it never fails to delight everyone.  The classic combination of Pear & Almond matches well with many sweet as well as certain sparkling wines whether they are dry or … Read More

J is for Jeroboam
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It is the name given to the 3 litre bottle size for Champagne (4 x the normal 75cl bottle). The French like to get us a little confused from time to time so this name is also given to 4.5 … Read More

E is for England’s green and pleasant (wine) land
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Who would have predicted that good old England would be producing some award-winning sparkling wines and really very decent still wines? I knew the industry was expanding for various reasons but I was surprised to find that there are currently … Read More

D is for Dosage (I’m talking Champers)
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This post should be read with a heavy French accent – I have given pronunciation clues where necessary. The dosage (le dosaaarge) describes one of the final steps in the process relating to the Traditional Method of sparkling wine production. … 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

Newsletter – Valentines Day – Feb 2013
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This month’s newsletter had to be all about Valentines didn’t it really?  A lovely Valentine Cake Recipe and lots of ideas about red wine and chocolate combinations………..yum!

“Feast of St Valentine”
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What to drink at the “Feast of St Valentine” Apparently as early as the 15th Century lovers expressed their love for each other by offering confectionery. This year forget the commercial hype that is your local restaurant’s Valentine’s day menu … Read More

Chocolate Raspberry Heart Cake
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Chocolate Raspberry Heart From Feast by Nigella Lawson Serves 8 – 10 Ingredients: FOR THE CAKE: 150ml milk 1 tbsp butter 1 tbsp real vanilla extract 3 eggs 200g caster sugar 175g plain flour 3 tbsp best cocoa 1 tsp … Read More

Pear & Almond Cake with Almond Crunch Topping
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Pear & Almond Cake with Almond Crunch Topping (Delicious Magazine Published Jan 2008 ) Serves 8 Ingredients: 175g softened butter 150g caster sugar 1tsp vanilla extract 2 eggs 220g self-raising flour 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda 1 tsp grated nutmeg … Read More