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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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International Women’s Day: I speak to Nyetimber’s winemaker Cherie Spriggs

Nyetimber’s head winemaker Cherie Spriggs, won the 2018 International Wine Challenge Sparkling Winemaker of the Year. Now that’s a big thing. It’s the first time the award has gone outside the Champagne region. Here I am bigging up Cherie not just because of the award’s kudos, but because on March 8th 2019 International Women’s Day …

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Fairtrade wine: Make a difference to people’s lives in Fairtrade Fortnight

Every year I give a nod to Fairtrade Fortnight wine and here I am again, nodding. In these next few days, thousands of people in the UK are recognising the efforts of farmers who live in some of the poorest countries in the world. The sale of Fairtrade wine directly helps workers on wine grape …

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Champagne Taste Test 2018: We vote for the best champers from 10 supermarkets

Are you heading for the Big Shop and you’re baffled by which champagne to buy for your festive celebrations? Fear not. Here’s Part Two of my festive fizz consumer taste tests.  In this post I reveal the results of the Champagne Taste Test 2018. I gathered a group of chums and together we blindtasted one …

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Prosecco Taste Test 2018: We rate 10 supermarket proseccos from 1st to last

It’s the time of year all elves need a rest from packing boxes in Santa’s grotto. And so I asked them to help me select some of the best sparkling wine buys in our supermarkets this festive season. Well they weren’t really elves, but girlies  – oh and one chap who insisted on being invited. …

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Christmas wines Part 4: Festive red wine to warm and hug you (if only it had arms)

Hold on to your Christmas hats! If you love red wines with a bit of heart, depth, richness and ripe fruits which can comfort and hug, then I’m here for you. I won’t dilly dally with these festive red wine choices, as there’s lots to get through. Three festive red wine choices from France It …

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Christmas wines Part 3: Six red wines which can be light, fruity, spicy or savoury

If you’ve been paying attention you’ll know I’ve shared some white wine ideas for Christmas.  In this post I’m starting down the road of Christmas red wines. It could be a long road to travel, but I’m doing it in two journeys.  In this blog, I’ve roadtested light, fruity, savoury, complex wines and next time  …

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