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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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Premier Estates Italian Prosecco Extra Dry

In my glass: Premier Estates’ Italian Prosecco Extra Dry

Prosecco can always be relied on to save the day. Here’s the weekend and the footie scores haven’t gone exactly as I would have liked. As I write, it’s ten minutes since I poured Premier Estates’  Italian Prosecco Extra Dry, ( 11.5% abv  RRP £7.99) and it is still perkily popping in the glass. Premier Estates make a …

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Grapes arrive freshly picked at Taylor's Port Nogueira winery

Treading grapes to the Birdie Song beat puts the soul into Taylor’s port

Forget jazz, classical music or even opera. It’s the Birdie Song played on a little electrical organ which might be putting the soul into Taylor’s port wine. Or should that be sole. For one night only at Quinta de Vargellas in the Douro Valley in Portugal, the heart of port country, I stomped, wiggled and jiggled. I …

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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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That uncorking wine trick using a wall and a shoe is explained!

The clip on YouTube from Mirabeau wine showing Stephen Cronk uncorking wine using just his shoe and a wall has been all over my Facebook feed this week. Mirabeauwine: Opening a bottle of wine without a corkscrew I’ve been asked several times by my pals – as I’m known to like wine –  if I’d like to …

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