Month: December 2014

Tesco finest* Pignoletto, New Year sparkling wines

Bring in the New Year with a perfect sparkling wine pop!

The best way to bring in the New Year is with a perfect *pop!* closely followed by fizzy frothiness streaming into a giddily clasped glass. Sparkling wine is so exciting. With no science involved, here’s some ideas for your sparkling and party wines. New Year sparklers for less than a tenner: Tesco finest* Pignoletto (£8.99) is an …

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Christmas wines

Christmas dessert wine delights and Boxing Day belters

I’m going to dive straight into the Christmas dessert wines before you have time to blink. I love dessert wines. This year I’ve converted friends to the nectar honeyed delights of these gorgeous special-treat wines. Go on, be brave. Just think, for less than £7 you could try a half bottle of the consistently award-winning …

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Christmas Day wines and trimmings

Christmas Day wines which might float your gravy boat

I love Christmas Day trimmings … sprouts in butter with bacon and lemon; golden roast potatoes; creamy mash; buttered carrots; sweet melting crunches of parsnip; a button-mound of stuffing; pigs in blankets, cuddling a bread sauce cushion, which in turn is gently nudged by a teardrop of cranberry sauce. I’m so hungry now. You might …

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Have fun with wine on Christmas Day

Christmas Day wine ideas for blushing pink prawn starters

I’m keeping everything simple for my Christmas Day wine countdown. If you’re into off-the-wall Christmas Day menus then you won’t find a wine and food matching pair here. My menu? A glass of fizz.  Then into a seafood starter such as a prawn cocktail, or my favourite … flash-fried Thai prawns. Then moving on to turkey …

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Verdicchio International Wine Challenge winners

Marks & Sparks’ wines top Gold table in International Wine Challenge gongs

KEEP your eyes peeled on the supermarket shelves for a new raft of medal winners which have impressed judges in the International Wine Challenge. A total of 184 gold, silver and bronze medals have been awarded to supermarket own-brand wines, with Marks & Spencer trouncing the competition picking up 73 gongs, more than twice as many medals as …

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