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Jane Clare wine 2016 year in review

Photo memories: My 2016 year in pictures and a drop of something now and again

Farewell 2016, you  strange old year, you little monkey. Putting the madness of Brexit, Trump and Celebrity Deaths to one side, there’s been a lot of change for me personally, changes that will see me taking a route yet to be determined, sometime around May in 2017. Meanwhile  – here’s some 2016 photo memories, ahem, and of course they …

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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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The Big ‘O’ Red Wine Set from Riedel

Wine Press: Christmas gift ideas for people in your life who like wine

Is it really that time of year again? Have you done your shopping yet? To be clear, I mean your Christmas shopping, not this weekend’s Big Shop. If you have a wine lover in your life, or anyone who enjoys a tipple as a tonic, then here’s a handful of Christmas gift ideas. The only …

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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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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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Trapiche Pure Malbec wine review

Enjoy some lovely wines this long Easter weekend

You wait patiently  for one celebration  to  brighten up the year and  then several  come along at  once. Happy Easter.  I’m turning my first  thoughts to Malbec,  because in case you missed it, Thursday was Malbec World Day, the celebration (created by marketeers)  of  this grape which Argentina has made its own.  Malbec is as …

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