Month: March 2018

Villa Maria pinot noir tasting

Villa Maria: An Auckland day trip & 11 wine choices from my winery tasting

For years I’ve enjoyed Villa Maria wines and I was pretty giddy the day I visited the winery just outside Auckland in New Zealand.  The wines are a familiar sight on the wine shelves at home in the UK  and there I was, thousands of miles away meeting the people behind them. Oh, and tasting them …

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gin and tonic gin reviews

Gin reviews: From strawberry to cucumber to shiraz (yes, red wine gin!)

I  dot gin reviews in and around my weekly drinks’ column for Trinity Mirror Regionals – here’s a compendium of the most recent. (Pour yourself a glass or two of gin, then try and say the word compendium out loud.)  I’ve heard lots about the meteoric rise of gin as the nation’s favourite spirit. I …

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