Purato wines

Purato wines: When I “met” Italian winemaker Stefano Girelli

My “wine life review” of 2021 continues! Here I reflect on a Zoom call with winery owner and “sustainable” wines advocate Stefano Girelli from Purato wines. Blimey, looking back on 2021 I’m amazed at how many winemakers I met from the comfort of my own home! Stefano’s Sicily-based brand has a green philosophy, and not …

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Ginuary 2021 gin reviews

Ginuary 2021: My New Year review continues with nine gins

Ginuary 2021 … ah, one of my favourite themes. There’s nothing scientific in this, my review of my 2021 columns and drinks’ related life. In January I’m always on a roll with Ginuary, Dry January, Veganuary and not forgetting low alcohol. January 2021 was no different (and I’m already headlong into those exact themes in …

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Mâconnais wines: Which Burgundy villages can put their names on labels?

The Wine Time feature is published in the Lancashire Post, the Blackpool Gazette and other regional newspapers in Lancashire  … I discover the 27 villages in the Mâconnais region in Burgundy whicb are allowed to put their names on the label. Navigating wine labels, particularly from the Old World can be daunting if you don’t …

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Tesco red wines

Tesco red wines: Three wines new in store in autumn 2021

The Raise a Glass feature is published in several regional newspapers …  I tried three Tesco red wines  from the retailer’s  Autumn Winter range It’s the time of year when retailers and supermarkets are looking to the months and weeks ahead.  Much like a fashion show, ideas around the new season’s tastes and treats are …

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Bonterra Organic Cabernet Sauvignon and when I forgot Organic September

The Raise a Glass feature is published every week in several regional newspapers … here’s one when I forgot about Organic September but I still enjoyed a juicy glass of Bonterra Organic Cabernet Sauvignon My dad used to say “I didn’t forget, I just didn’t remember”. Which has been a useful phrase for me too, …

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Wines from the Loire Valley: The names of the wine regions and some of the wines they’re famous for

The Wine Time feature is published in the Lancashire Post, the Blackpool Gazette and other regional newspapers in Lancashire  … here’s when my thoughts turned to wines from the Loire Valley. It’s been a over a year since we learned how to mute, to share, to wave, to leave messages via our laptop screens as …

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