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Nino Franco Cartizze Prosecco

Nino Franco Cartizze Prosecco

Having a hearty penchant for such desserts rather surprised I haven’t attempted to make a Torta Della Nonna myself. It’s a traditional Tuscan dessert that combinesRead More

A Raw Taster – Sampling Natural Wines in Slovenia

A Raw Taster – Sampling Natural Wines in Slovenia

This little place, the Slovenian equivalent of neighbouring Italy’s Agriturismo, has the most stunning view. Just below the veranda vines hug the hillside. Across the valleyRead More

Geese In The Vineyard

Geese In The Vineyard

Another spread of Klinec vines in deepest Slovenia. Having seen off the unwelcomed approach of camera toting Douglas Blyde, this goose returns to the 10 strongRead More

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Visiting Cava Country, Barcelona

Visiting Cava Country - Juve y Camps

Visiting Cava Country - Juve y Camps

It would have been great to have spent more time at the Juve I Camps winery. The complex is huge with a plethora of photographic opportunities.

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Silenius the Roman God of Beer

Silenius the Roman God of Beer

A photo of a print on the wall of the Vinseum of Wine Cultures of Catalonia. I thought originally this was a depiction of Bacchus; ugly

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Visiting Cava Country - Museum of Wine Cultures of Catalonia

Visiting Cava Country - Museum of Wine Cultures of Catalonia

Across the Jaume I Square from the gothic Church of Santa Maria in Vilafranca del Penedes, housed in converted Royal Palace buildings sits the Vinseum –

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Visiting Cava Country – Sant Sadurni d’Anoia

Visiting Cava Country – Sant Sadurni d’Anoia

On the surface the town of Sant Sadurni d’Anoia is rather non-descript. Most of the town sits on a hill above the Laverno River. Apart from

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Visiting Chablis

Domaine Gueguen Bed and Breakfast in Chablis

Domaine Gueguen Bed and Breakfast in Chablis

A delightful bed and breakfast in Prehy, just outside Chablis. A welcoming English speaking couple, Celine and Frederic Gueguen, a lovely room (€20 per person) and

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Chablis Wineries: Wine Barrels At Jean-Marc Brocard

Chablis Wineries: Wine Barrels At Jean-Marc Brocard

To be honest after awhile oak wine barrels loose their attraction. Multiple winery visits in the space of a few days and all the cellars, all

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Chablis Wineries: J Moreau Winery Bay Doors

Chablis Wineries: J Moreau Winery Bay Doors

Not all wineries are housed in grand chateaux, nor in quaint country houses or ultra modern architect designed complexes. Some are housed in little more than

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The Church of Sainte Claire Prehy

The Church of Sainte Claire Prehy

To the South West of the village of Chablis lies the hamlet of Préhy. If you take the D2 from Chablis you eventually pass this church,

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Visit Bordeaux

Dusty Wine Bottles

Dusty Wine Bottles

A corner of a cellar, a stack of wine bottles gathering dust. Uncertain if these are wines being given some serious age or just discarded, The

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Moustachioed Wine Man

Moustachioed Wine Man

Somewhere during the visit to Pichon Longueville I spotted this sad looking chap. The drooped shoulders just add to his unhappy demeanour or maybe its the

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Winery Outbuilding Chateau Mauvesin-Barton

Winery Outbuilding Chateau Mauvesin-Barton

A photo taken in Bordeaux for this weeks Sunday Wine Shot – rather apt as the group who went on the trip are meeting for a

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Bacchus Haut Sarpe Style

Bacchus Haut Sarpe Style

Bacchus, here resplendent with bulbous red nose and bushy red beard, as painted on the side of a wine barrel. Chateau Haut Sarpe, deep in the

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Discover The Origin: The Douro

View of Vila Nova De Gaia

View of Vila Nova De Gaia

The weather wasn’t really playing along. It was cold, the wind was chilling things down further, and frankly the thought of a cosy breakfast was far

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Visiting a Port House: Ramos Pinto

Visiting a Port House: Ramos Pinto

Just behind the lower end of the cable car ride in Vila Nova de Gaia stands a proud, mustard coloured building. This is the lodge for

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Quinta do Portal Douro Portugal

Quinta do Portal Douro Portugal

On the flight home from Oporto, while waiting with increasing excitement the imminent arrival of the in-flight sandwich, I flicked through the TAP magazine. I had

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IVDP Library

IVDP Library

The regulator and testing centre for all still and fortified wine produced in the Douro Valley is housed in a suitably majestic building in the heart

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Nickel Above The Dollar Cocktail Recipe

Nickel Above The Dollar Cocktail Recipe

It was only open for two days – a pop-up Tanqueray experience at Six Fitzroy Square, off Warren Street in London. Top notch Tanqueray cocktails served

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Video: Tanqueray No. Ten Silver Martini Cocktail

Video: Tanqueray No. Ten Silver Martini Cocktail

This month Tanqueray No. TEN celebrated at WORLD CLASS, the annual search for the globe’s best bartenders, hosted in the heart of London at 33 Fitzroy

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Qcumber and Gin

Qcumber and Gin

Cucumber – an occasional garnish for a gin and tonic and one that works best with herbaceous-led gins. Looking at the likes of Caorunn and Gin

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Cocktails at Scarfes

Cocktails at Scarfes

I have to say I do love this bar. The plush, slightly eclectic décor had me as I walked through the door, while the cocktails were

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