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Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, Rhone, France

Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, Rhone, France

Why are dessert wines so expensive? Is it the producers simply trying to create a cache, a luxury item just like those rosé champagne producers? TheRead More

Ses’Fikile Wines, South Africa

Ses’Fikile Wines, South Africa

Ses’fikile Wines is owned and controlled by empowered women, three pioneering ex-school teachers actually, in one of the largest black townships, Khayelitsha, in the Western Cape.Read More

Domaine Félines Picpoul de Pinet

Domaine Félines Picpoul de Pinet

I don’t recall which wine Rick Stein was drinking at the Mediterranean end of his barge tour through France. Perched on a balcony overlooking the BassinRead More

Midweek Combinations – Nederburg Chardonnay Viognier

Midweek Combinations – Nederburg Chardonnay Viognier

Midweek – too tired after a day in the office and too hot after the commute to want to do too much in the kitchen; aRead More

Rudesheimer Berg Rottland Riesling Spatlese, 2002, Rheingau, Germany

Rudesheimer Berg Rottland Riesling Spatlese, 2002, Rheingau, Germany

I understand that many rave about Riesling being the epitome of fine wine making. These people see the poise, quality, long life and expression of terriorRead More

Château Laures Blanc, 2006, Bordeaux, France

Château Laures Blanc, 2006, Bordeaux, France

Wine Tasting Note: Château Laures Blanc, 2006, Entre-Deux-Mers, Bordeaux, France Available from Bordeaux-Undiscovered [more] for £6.75 (normally £9.64) The Semillon really comes though on the noseRead More

A Dish For Howard Park Scotsdale Cabernet Sauvignon

A Dish For Howard Park Scotsdale Cabernet Sauvignon

No apologies for featuring another wine from the excellent Howard Park stable; this is their old vine Cabernet Sauvignon from the Great Southern Region of WesternRead More

Château Tonnelles, 2004, Fronsac, France

Château Tonnelles, 2004, Fronsac, France

More banging on from me about how we should look to the independent merchant for the more interesting wines – small producers, interesting flavours, unknown grapesRead More

Sparkling Shiraz and Food

Sparkling Shiraz and Food

It was all the rage a couple of years ago for sparkling red wines to be served with Christmas dinner; no idea if you were allowedRead More

A Wine For Scotch Woodcock

A Wine For Scotch Woodcock

One of those peculiarly named Edwardian or Victorian dishes, like Welsh Rarebit, Scotch Woodcock is simply scrambled eggs on toast with the addition of anchovies. TheRead More

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