sauvignon blanc

Château La Louvière Pessac-Léognan

Stirring the lees: Watch it happening AND learn about yeast. It’s a wine blog bargain

I have no idea how many times I’ve used the term “stirring the lees” and some of you might think oh here she goes again, talking that wine gobbledegook nonsense. Finally I’ve seen it in action, thanks to a peekaboo glass side to an oak barrel. You’re also thinking, well I’m pleased for you Jane, …

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Cruset Sparkling Blanc de Blancs NV summer wine

Summer wine: Six wine choices for when the sun peeks out

It’s sunny outside. I’m happy. At the risk of tempting fate, I bring you summer wine choices – two sparkling, two whites and two reds – to enjoy while the sun shines and as autumn beckons. Summer wine to cheer up  a staycation Beau Beaujolais 2014 (12.5% abv, Majestic,  £8.99 or £7.99 in a Mix Six deal) The dog …

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Graham Norton launches his own sauvignon blanc

Graham Norton the Irish comedian and chat show host, has launched his own wine.  He’s created a sauvignon blanc with the help of New Zealand winery Invivo, which has partnered with Graham since since 2011. Have you seen the wines in the background of Graham’s BBC late-night chat show? That’s Invivo Awatere Sauvignon Blanc. Majestic exclusively …

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bordeaux wine styles explained

Six styles of Bordeaux wine explained in simple steps

Bordeaux wine might be a bit daunting; ooooh all those different tastes, styles, let alone names we can’t pronounce properly. I went along to a Bordeaux tasting run by Dan Harwood at Vinea, Liverpool, on behalf of the Bordeaux Wine Council. (Bordeaux.com/uk)  Dan has some wise words to share and some simple little word clouds too, which help …

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Have fun with wine on Christmas Day

Christmas Day wine ideas for blushing pink prawn starters

I’m keeping everything simple for my Christmas Day wine countdown. If you’re into off-the-wall Christmas Day menus then you won’t find a wine and food matching pair here. My menu? A glass of fizz.  Then into a seafood starter such as a prawn cocktail, or my favourite … flash-fried Thai prawns. Then moving on to turkey …

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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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