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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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McGuigan Frizzante sparkling wine in a glass

Prosecco isn’t the only sparkling wine to get you through the summer

There’s supposed to be a Prosecco shortage heading our way this summer. Girlies everywhere are buying in bulk in a blitz mentality as their favourite sparkling wine could disappear from shelves. But never mind Prosecco, cast your thoughts beyond its pretty, simple flavours. There’s another Italian fizz I love much, much more than Prosecco … …

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Gin, cucumber and elderflower are a perfect mix

MANY moons ago,  before Facebook and  text messaging, I used to talk to people face to face,  generally in pubs. When I was a young-ish  pup my brother introduced  me to gin with slices of  cucumber in his  village  local.  Most gin lovers there  drank gin that way, so  much so that the bar staff  kept cucumber on a plate  next …

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Christmas dinner wine ideas to go with your starter

Christmas dinner wine … what to choose?  To make this a genuine Scientific Experiment, I rustled up two of my favourite Christmas Day starters to help you with suggestions for wine to drink as you first gather round the table. My first was a smoked salmon terrine with a filling of creme fraiche and horseradish cream; …

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Pays d'Oc Domaine Gayda wine review

Pays d’Oc – where 56 grape varieties are the spice of life

THERE’S a part of France which almost thinks its the New World when it comes to wine-making. I’m talking Pays d’Oc. Traditionally France – and other “old world” countries such as Spain and Italy – have historically developed wines based on local grape varieties, the local marketplace and as a match to local foods. But in …

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