Posts Tagged “wine”

Côte d’Or: The Wines and Winemakers of the Heart of Burgundy

Côte d’Or: The Wines and Winemakers of the Heart of Burgundy

Wine from the Côte d’Or was enjoyed by Emperor Charlemagne The name Côte d’Or might not be well known but it is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution. It was formed from part of the former province of Burgundy. This is not only a beautiful part of France but a…

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Portugal – A world of flavours

Portugal – A world of flavours

Tomatoes and potatoes arrived from the New World and have become staples It’s true that many British tourists are regulars on the beaches of the Algarve and they will say they love the country. Yes, they enjoy that little corner of this amazing land but far fewer visitors travel away from the resorts to discover…

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Port, Porto and culinary culture

Port, Porto and culinary culture

You might have visited Porto in Portugal before but it’s worth another look, and perhaps with food and drink in mind this time. There has been more investment lately in this vibrant town, which exudes character and charm. During the 15th and 16th centuries Portugal was a leading European power, ranking with England, France and…

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Mark Hellyar at Chateau Civrac Wine and Honest Grapes

Mark Hellyar at Chateau Civrac Wine and Honest Grapes

Everybody was impressed by Mark’s offerings What a kind invitation! A food and wine pairing evening at impressive Lutyens, off Fleet Street… and Cornish wine! Well, no, not really – the wine is French and very good too. The maker is Cornish and that, strangely, might give him some advantages: he has an appreciation of…

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Best of England Vineyard Tours

Best of England Vineyard Tours

Best of England make wine and vineyard education fun and accessible Many of us have become interested in wine. Yes, drinking it and pairing it. Remember the days when we in the UK drank just a few different wines? It wasn’t that they were so good that they became popular; truth to tell, it was…

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Mallorca for the Arts

Mallorca for the Arts

Valldemossa is a beautiful and unspoilt village and worth a visit even if Chopin isn’t your favourite composer We might well think we know everything about Mallorca – possibly spelled Majorca and often pronounced with a hard ‘j’! It’s evidently a tapestry of an island and so far we are just considering the name! This…

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Hotel Bon Sol – it’s a family affair

Hotel Bon Sol – it’s a family affair

Hollywood actor Errol Flynn stayed at the Bon Sol This deceptively large hotel couldn’t have a better location. Hotel Bon Sol Resort and Spa is in Illetas, which is only 8 km (5 miles) from central Palma. One doesn’t need the extra expense of car hire: the bus stop is only a few yards away…

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Affordable Fizz from Les Grands Chais de France

Affordable Fizz from Les Grands Chais de France

Les Grands Chais de France Group is a company based in the Northern Vosges region of France. It’s run by the Helfrich family.  When Joseph Helfrich founded the winery in 1979 he made the decision to sell Cognac and brandy around the world – wine followed soon after.  Les Grands Chais de France Group is…

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Massucco Wines

Massucco Wines

For many years Loris Massucco has been working hard, supported by the experience of several generations of family wine makers, to create his new, innovative wines. All over the world, wine producers are constantly competing when it comes to promoting and selling their wines, and what makes the difference all too often is price, at…

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Hotel TerraVina for Bed and Breakfast

Hotel TerraVina for Bed and Breakfast

We are blessed with many fine hotels in the UK. All the 5* chains are well represented in all major cities. But we also have a wealth of boutique and Country House hotels and each is unique and characterful. The New Forest is beautiful and mostly unspoilt and it also has hotels which reflect the…

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Hotel TerraVina Dining

Hotel TerraVina Dining

Hotel TerraVina is a gem. It’s a well-appointed house – well, it seems like someone’s home (read the accommodation review here). A line of colourful wellies in the hall welcomes the arriving guests. The rooms are individually designed and the beds are the best I have ever slept on! One might not want to leave…

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Travels & Tapas in Basque Country

Travels & Tapas in Basque Country

We have likely heard of it but if pinpointing this region on a map was a capital offence then it’s probable few of us would be hung; but mention San Sebastián and more people will say that they know about it, and usually with regard to tapas. It’s an attractive seaside city and municipality located…

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Remelluri Organic Winery

Remelluri Organic Winery

The mountains have been here for 80 million years; humans have been using the mountains for a lot less time than that, but nevertheless for a long time, historically speaking. The Romans used one of the peaks as a military fort. Later, in the 14th century, a monastery was built that gave birth to this…

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Vassilis Papagiannakos at Domaine Papagiannakos Winery

Vassilis Papagiannakos at Domaine Papagiannakos Winery

A few years ago one might scoff at the prospect of a visit to a Greek winery. The memory of old-school Retsina lingers on. That wine had more in common, to non-Greek taste buds at least, with that in which one might clean paint brushes. But those days are gone and now Greek wineries are…

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Markopoulo recommendations

Markopoulo recommendations

Attica’s food, wine and welcome I love Greece. It’s the warm people, food, and (you might be surprised to hear) award-winning wines that are still so sadly overlooked. Yes, this country has lots to offer. Most travellers to Greece seem to arrive in Athens with a long journey still ahead. They are looking for small…

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Maribor Slovenia – wines, gastronomy, bikes and hikes

Maribor Slovenia – wines, gastronomy, bikes and hikes

Europe in microcosm Slovenia is a small country in Central Europe. Small it might be but it has natural beauty, with mountains (Slovenia’s highest mountain, the three-peaked Triglav, is depicted on the national flag), vine-strewn hills, thick forests, historic cities and a 46 km long coast on the Adriatic. It is, in some regards, Europe…

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Grapes & Wines

Grapes & Wines

A comprehensive guide to varieties and flavours First published as Oz Clarke’s Encyclopaedia of Grapes, Oz Clarke’s new Grapes & Wines, with Margaret Rand, is revised and updated to present the wine lover with the best information on a comprehensive selection of grapes and the wines associated with them. Oz Clarke has become a household…

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Lambrusco – another taste

Lambrusco – another taste

If you are of a certain age then even the name ‘Lambrusco’ will likely raise a smirk. Once the smirker’s composure has been restored then he/she will probably deny ever having tasted the stuff. One has one’s oenological credibility to consider, after all! Wouldn’t be seen quaffing anything so viticulturally base! Where exactly is Lambrusco,…

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The Sparkle of Vilmart & Cie

The Sparkle of Vilmart & Cie

The Champagne house Vilmart & Cie was founded in 1890 by Désiré Vilmart and is considered by many an authority to be perhaps the leading producer of quality Champagne in the region of Northern France which bears the same name as this celebratory beverage. It’s an area of many fine bottles but some consider Vilmart…

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La Belle Epoque – 5-star floating through Burgundy

La Belle Epoque – 5-star floating through Burgundy

What a grand title for a barge! Luckily the lady lived up to her name and our expectations, which she did actually exceed in every way. A barge, even a big one, presents the very real prospect of tight accommodations, iffy facilities and, still worse, the likelihood of mediocre food cooked by a well-meaning hobbyist…

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