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Charity fizz night: Why we’re raising cash to target ovarian cancer

We’re holding a charity fizz night in Maghull on August 24. That’s nice, you might be thinking. Don’t just disappear just yet … keep thinking and read on. There probably isn’t enough money to go around, from the likes of you and me, to support all the deserving causes we hear about every day. I …

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Isle of Harris Gin

Isle of Harris Gin: A people’s gin with an island’s economy at its heart

  I had a smashing chat with Rachel MacDonald, the brand ambassador for Isle of Harris Gin and discovered a fascinating story and a very delicious gin. Rachel was making a flying visit to Liverpool (where I live) and when she asked if I’d like to meet for a chat about the gin, well, it …

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World Whisky Day: Here’s five ideas if you want to join the celebrations

You can’t beat a reason to celebrate something, and here I’m bringing you a celebration of whisky. On Saturday May 18, it is World Whisky Day,  and so it would be wrong of me not to bring you a selection to try. World Whisky Day: Scotland J&B Rare Whisky (RRP £22.50, Waitrose) is a blend …

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Hedgepig gin supports hedgehogs. Photo by Piotr Łaskawski on Unsplash

Hedgepig: A gin liqueur which is supporting the preservation of British hedgehogs

I took the dog to the vets today, and while we were there, two separate people brought in shoeboxes.  A hedgehog, they said to the reception team.  Ah, I thought.  Because this reminded me of two things.  One that there’s a hedgehog in our garden, and two, I’d meant to tell you about Hedgepig. I’ll explain. …

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Wine Doors of Florence: Photographer Andrew Barrow traces city’s medieval life

An award-winning photographer and wine enthusiast has combined his two passions to capture the overlooked signatures of medieval life hidden across one of Italy’s most beautiful cities. Andrew Barrow has released his debut photographic portfolio, Wine Doors of Florence, which collates the images of 167 “wine doors”.  Wine doors of Florence: What are they? These …

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Asti DOCG: Discover the incredible story behind these Italian sparkling wines

I have a new favourite sparkling wine style and as a bonus it is also adding sparkle to my culinary creations.  I’m talking about the wines from Asti DOCG. These Italian wines are probably better known as Asti Spumante.  I bet you don’t sip them as often as you should. The term “Asti Spumante” can …

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