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Christmas wines 2020

The best Christmas fizz: My 2020 festive sparkling wine choices under £20

Every year I run a consumer page blind taste-test to discover my pick of the bubbles for Christmas and New Year. In 2020 it was more complicated than usual as I didn’t have a gang of tasting elves with me! Instead my small social bubble tasted wines for the benefit of your festive social bubbles.  …

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Grape Varieties Basics

Blimey, there’s so many grape varieties in the world. Fat ones thin ones juicy ones black ones white ones early ripening ones late ripening ones big ones small ones sulky ones. So many. How can I do justice to so many grape varieties in my little corner of the www.  world? Not sure I can, though I’ve given it a …

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Domaines Paul Mas wine tasting

Eight white wine treats from Domaines Paul Mas and a delicious red too

If you’ve been paying attention you’ll know that I had a fabulous visit to Domaines Paul Mas in the lusciously beautiful Languedoc. I was thrilled to meet the creative driving force behind the wine brand, the unstoppable dynamo who is Jean-Claude Mas. A few of us shared a winetasting with him and as we tasted …

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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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Limestone Rise English Christmas white wine

Christmas white wine to chink as you open the pressies (or just because you neeeeed)

I can’t wait for Christmas Day and my first glass of white! Here’s a Christmas white wine selection to suit all pockets which you can pour as the family arrives, right through to Dad sneaking the last roast potato onto his plate. Extra Special French Chardonnay (13.5% abv, £5, ASDA) This Languedoc  chardonnay is lightly oaked …

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Record haul of medal winners in UK wine awards

There has been a record-breaking haul of medal-winners  in the UK wine industry’s annual national wine awards – The English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition. It is organised by the United Kingdom Vineyards Association and this year saw the largest number of wines ever entered … 327 wines, from over 90 producers all over …

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