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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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Christmas wines 2020

White wines for Christmas 2020: Eleven festive choices over £10

The Raise a Glass feature is published every week … my countdown to Christmas wines 2020 began in November.  Here’s my selection of Christmas white wines to buy over £10. Yay, we’re allowed to have some family time at Christmas after all. Maybe it’s worth pushing the boat out with some smashing wines! First up, …

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Cotes du Rhones at Home Cotes du Rhones Villages wines

Raise a Glass: Côtes du Rhône at Home was an absolute wine treat!

The Raise a Glass feature is published every week … here’s when I enjoyed a Côtes du Rhône at Home experience.  I listened as experts Joe Wadsack and Matt Walls shared their knowledge.  I love taking a deep-dive into a wine region I’ve almost taken for granted. This happened with wines from the southern Rhône …

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Jane Clare chardonnay wines

Raise a Glass: Delicious chardonnay wines and a zesty French white

The Raise a Glass feature is published every week. Here’s one from June in lockdown when white wines took my fancy. Chardonnay wines mainly, plus a zesty white number which made friends with my home-made sweetcorn fritters. As the days have been getting longer and warmer, I’ve been sitting in the sunshine and rekindling my …

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Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs English sparkling wine

Raise a Glass: National Picnic Week wines and a delicious English fizz

  The Raise a Glass feature is published every week. Here’s one from June where I looked at some ideas for National Picnic Week, English Wine Week and some cocktail ideas. The weeks have been and gone … but the drinks’ inspiration remains! There’s much to sip and celebrate in the wine world at this …

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Champagne Castelnau Brut Réserve

Raise a Glass: I discover Ramón Bilbao wine making and whizz up a daiquiri

The Raise a Glass feature is published every week …  I continue my lockdown “look backs” with this one from the beginning of June. I was thrilled to join a video chat with winemaker Sara Bañuelos from Ramón Bilbao and I also made my first raspberry daiquiri.  I’m so pleased to see June arrive, as …

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