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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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The International Wine Challenge Merchants' Awards 2014

International Wine Challenge announces Wine Merchant honours

THIS girlie, as I write, has a mild red wine hangover. I have tried revitalising shampoo but it hasn’t worked, so I’m going to write to the Shampoo Ombudsman. The reason for my “mild” head? This week the International Wine Challenge announced its Merchant Awards and I was there “quietly” enjoying the occasion. The headlines …

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World Cup gives wine-loving girlies an excuse to go Brazil nuts

THESE fair islands of ours have been pretty hopeless in the World Cup.  England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales. Are we there or thereabouts in the final stages? Are we heck. Though it shouldn’t stop us settling down to watch the World Cup Final with a glass or two of vino. The eventual arrival of the World Cup …

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Celebrate Tour de France with Bicicleta wines from Cono Sur

I’M NOT known for my fitness levels, but I‘m pretty good at running to a bar at last orders. So cycling? Not a chance. And don’t even think about me in Lycra. No. Don’t.  But watching cycling is a different matter, and next weekend the much-heralded Tour de France 2014 begins in Yorkshire. For Chilean winemakers …

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Women like blokes with wine knowledge but are they bluffing?

IF you’re lackadaisical about wine labels; if you rage about reds or whimper over whites; if you blush at a barolo or glaze over at a gerwurztraminer; if you pale at a pinot noir or think tempranillo is a percussion instrument;  fear not. Because you might not be the only one. As another Bank Holiday is …

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The Wine Society wizards and the girl who hates raisins

“I don’t like raisins,” said The Girl Who Doesn’t Like Raisins. “You might not like raisins,” I said, “but you’ll like this.” I asked Girl Who Doesn’t Like Raisins to pour a fingertip of Blind Spot Rutherglen Muscat wine into a glass and  taste. “I’m not sure” she said, “Don’t be scared,” I said, as she raised …

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