Month: November 2017

Christmas gifts ideas 2017

Here’s 16 Christmas gifts ideas for the drinks’ lover in your life (or for me)

Another year has flown and here I am with a handful of Christmas gifts ideas for drinks lovers. My choices are based on the simple scientific law that I’d want them myself.  Christmas gifts: Books for drink lovers I Love Champagne (RRP £12.99) is a fabulous guide by Davy Zyw subtitled “Fall in love with …

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Claymore Wines Liverpool Football CLub

Claymore Wines: I take a deep breath and mix Liverpool Football Club with pleasure

Many moons ago, when Twitter was just invented, there used to be loads of social gatherings called “tweet ups”. I don’t know if they still exist, but essentially people who often tweeted each other would meet in person. I remember meeting a chap who was clearly disappointed that he was following me under false pretences. …

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Rías Baixas wine One Foot in the Grapes

Rías Baixas wine region: Home of the albariño grape and amazing seafood!

I put myself through some challenges my friends. In the home of the albariño grape in Rías Baixas I ate the weirdest little barnacles called percebes which cling to wave-battered rocks in the Atlantic Ocean. I ate several. Google them and know I did this for you so I could sample native albariño wines alongside. I …

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exploring soave wine

Soave wine: I discover some amazing white wines in this beautiful place

I’ve come back from exploring the Soave wine region in the north east of Italy and I had no idea of the beauty of the place.  Soave wine has suffered from the image of pale, lacklustre, uninteresting Italian white wines. I urge you to think again. I’ve met the makers of my recommendations, been to the …

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Château La Louvière Pessac-Léognan

Stirring the lees: Watch it happening AND learn about yeast. It’s a wine blog bargain

I have no idea how many times I’ve used the term “stirring the lees” and some of you might think oh here she goes again, talking that wine gobbledegook nonsense. Finally I’ve seen it in action, thanks to a peekaboo glass side to an oak barrel. You’re also thinking, well I’m pleased for you Jane, …

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Wines of Australia: Five wines you might not expect to see from Down Under!

Those of you with long memories might recall that months ago my clumsiness got the better of me at a Wines of Australia tasting. Within minutes of arriving I broke my phone and I later left my tasting notes on the train. I promised to bring you some Australian wines another time; this is that …

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Christmas pudding wines for Christmas lunch

Wines for Christmas lunch: Here’s some ideas to help you plan what to sip

Christmas is simply the best excuse to push the boat out and try some wonderful wines. I’m excited now, just thinking of  crunches of sweet parsnip, huddles of sprouts, my favourite lemon-dashed, herb-mottled stuffing  … oh, and the turkey. All of those flavours will be demanding my attention and then wine will add another layer …

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