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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Cremele Recas wines from Romania

Raise a Glass: Cramele Recas wines and the simplest of cocktails

The Raise a Glass feature is published every week … here’s one from early lockdown when my life was full of sunshine,  Zooms and cocktails. I joined a fascinating chat with Philip Cox and discovered some of his Cramele Recas wines from Romania. Ok. Here’s my latest lockdown lifestyle. I realise its difficult to get …

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Cotswolds Dry Gin cloudy gin and tonic ice

Raise a Glass: Lockdown drinks of gin and a lovely sauvignon blanc

The Raise a Glass feature is published every week. Here’s one from the beginning of Lockdown when my lockdown drinks included a gin with a twist and a fabulous dinner of leftovers with a lovely New Zealand sauvignon blanc.  Life in lockdown so far has been mainly sunny (oh no! I’m tempting fate saying that!) …

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