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Claymore Wines Liverpool Football CLub

Claymore Wines: I take a deep breath and mix Liverpool Football Club with pleasure

Many moons ago, when Twitter was just invented, there used to be loads of social gatherings called “tweet ups”. I don’t know if they still exist, but essentially people who often tweeted each other would meet in person. I remember meeting a chap who was clearly disappointed that he was following me under false pretences. …

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Wines of Australia: Five wines you might not expect to see from Down Under!

Those of you with long memories might recall that months ago my clumsiness got the better of me at a Wines of Australia tasting. Within minutes of arriving I broke my phone and I later left my tasting notes on the train. I promised to bring you some Australian wines another time; this is that …

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Secret Sydney Travel Review: Jane Clare

Secret Sydney: Jane Clare is Down Under and up on high in Australia

YOU can take the Northern Girl (that’s me) out of the northern hemisphere and plonk her firmly and squarely in the middle of Sydney, upside down and thousands of miles from home, and she’ll still yearn for pie, peas and gravy. And that’s exactly what I got. My first meal in this welcoming, blue sky, …

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Mcguigan Torode lunch Hunter Valley

John Torode creates new semillon wine with McGuigan

I’ve found my new favourite wine, Hunter Valley semillon from Australia, with the help of one of the UK’s most popular chefs,  Masterchef’s John Torode. John has joined forces with chief winemaker Neil McGuigan from McGuigan Wines to work on a special project Vine to Glass. They have made a new limited edition Hunter Valley Semillon together …

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basic wine grapes

Basic wine grapes: Facts about six of the best

I WATCHED a lovely couple – well I’m sure they were lovely – looking totally bemused in a wine shop the other day. They were walking up and down the reds baffled, nay, befuddled, by the choices in front of them. So here’s some simple guidance on six basic wine grapes. You’ll see them all the time… but do you know if you’ll like …

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National Burger Day red wines

Wine Press: National Burger Day and red wines to disguise disasters

I MADE burgers the other day. I needed burgers for the barbie. There weren’t any in the shops. I could have flattened meatballs, but I felt sorry for them, sitting there pert and plump and perfect and expectant. I would have felt like I’d squashed a fly. So I made some. Perfect timing too, as this coming Wednesday, t’internet tells me, is National Burger Day. (Not for the …

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