France

Dine with Bordeaux 2015

Dine with Bordeaux and enjoy great food and wine pairings

I had a lovely bottle of Bordeaux at French restaurant Caveau in Liverpool the other night. Château Cru Cantemerle, Bordeaux Supérieur 2012 was ruddy with redcurrants, pecked with pepper and tickled with a touch a tobacco. It was a very moreish glass of something to sit alongside my plate of grilled lamb cutlets served with …

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Memoro Rosato Vino d’Italia NV

Top winemaker Neil McGuigan shares his wine-tasting tips

BY THE time you read this I will have enjoyed a Girlies’ Night In, with yours truly  in charge of  a wine-tasting challenge. Other entertainment was to be one Girlie playing tunes on her ukulele. My plan: To disguise  all bottles in tin foil and to ask the Girlies questions, including guessing the grapes. I …

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Monte Vallon Chardonnay IGP Pays d’Oc 2011

A celebration of the Chardonnay grape’s many personalities

Chardonnay. The most popular grape variety in the world. To borrow a theme from another beverage, if chardonnay made women, they would be as classy and steely-cool as Lauren Bacall; or as honeyed, rounded and voluptuously-complex as Marilyn Monroe; or maybe satin-lip frothy, but pin-bright and sparkling with a Grace Kelly-like elegance; or perhaps as …

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Chablis Vineyards

Pictures: A visit to the Chablis wine festival

Gallery: I visited Chablis in February 2011 and enjoyed the Saint-Vincent Tournante du Chablisien festival as well as visiting several wineries to enjoy Chablis wine. Read the stories from my Chablis visit. Here is a selection of pictures. [slickr-flickr tag=”chablis” descriptions=”on” type=”galleria” options=”autoplay:3000; imageCrop:true; carousel:false; transitionSpeed:1000; transition:pulse””]