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Limestone Rise English Christmas white wine

Christmas white wine to chink as you open the pressies (or just because you neeeeed)

I can’t wait for Christmas Day and my first glass of white! Here’s a Christmas white wine selection to suit all pockets which you can pour as the family arrives, right through to Dad sneaking the last roast potato onto his plate. Extra Special French Chardonnay (13.5% abv, £5, ASDA) This Languedoc  chardonnay is lightly oaked …

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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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Christmas fizz glass of bubbles

Ten Christmas fizz ideas (because we all love wine and bubbles)

It’s time to brush up on the lyrics to those classic Christmas tunes; pop on the Christmas jumper and have a jolly good time with your chums, your workmates and your nearest and dearest. There’s no better way to add  sparkle to your festive fun than with some Christmas fizz. Christmas fizz: Cava and Moscato Camoli Moscato …

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Co-operative wine in a glass

The life of a wine buyer for Co-op wines … a peek inside Laura’s world

I’d love to be involved in the creation of wine and not just sit at the “consumer end” opening a bottle and enjoying the contents. Don’t get me wrong, I love that bit. I really love that bit. Laura Stafford is a wine buyer for the Co-operative and I’ve spoken to her about her work …

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Carnival Sparkling Moscato

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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Chambord prosecco

Add dash of Chambord to prosecco for a summery cocktail

I’VE been sitting here thinking about strawberries and Wimbledon and the Longest Day (because, scarily, we have reached that daylight milestone). Where do I take you this week, I’ve been asking myself. What homework do I set you in my continued challenge to encourage you to drink something new. To cast away the grigio and …

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