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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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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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Gin reviews: Here’s eight gins to pour with a clunk of ice (but not all at once)

I thoroughly enjoy the chemistry between a gin and a tonic and I bet you do too. Here’s some gins that get a tick from me. Memories of baking and pies Mrs Cuthbert’s Parma Violet Cupcake (RRP £13.99, for 50cl, Amazon) is one of a new range of baking-themed gin liqueurs. They were inspired by …

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