Posts Tagged “wine”

Madeira’s Still-living History

Madeira’s Still-living History

The 15th century saw the dawn of the Age of Discovery, a time when European powers began exploring the world to find new lands and new opportunities. Portugal was in the vanguard of this drive, sailing southwards in their case down the west coast of Africa. So it wasn’t long (1419 to be precise) before…

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Madeira wine – a sweet tour

Madeira wine – a sweet tour

For a small island in the midst of the Atlantic Ocean, Madeira has a big reputation for the sweeter things in life: its history includes sugar, wine, and ‘honey’ – well, a Madeiran interpretation thereof. We’ll discuss the first and the last of these elsewhere, but it’s the story of wine on the island that…

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Madeira – a younger look

Madeira – a younger look

This beautiful and unique island has been a much-loved destination for European tourists, yet primarily for the slightly older generation. But this traveller wonders why, when Madeira has so much to offer for everybody. It has not only an all-year-round summer climate, but tropical flowers, plants, fruits and vegetables. It’s rich in culture and history,…

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Shorn goes on Tour to California

Shorn goes on Tour to California

It’s the time of year when our thoughts turn to California. Well no, really we are making plans for Christmas, but that celebrated wine-producing state might actually be part of our celebrations.  Wine brand Shorn launches Californian wines in a pouch. Shorn, that wine-loving sheep, is usually found looking out from bottles of New Zealand…

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Borough Wines – Maison 54 Pét Nat

Borough Wines – Maison 54 Pét Nat

Maison 54 Pét Nat was a totally new wine for me and it was a revelation. If this is the quality of naturally sparkling wine, then sign me up for a case or two! But firstly, what’s in a name? The name ‘Maison 54’ gives a nod to the address in Paris where surrealist artists…

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Co-op Irresistible Australian Chardonnay 2017

Co-op Irresistible Australian Chardonnay 2017

I have now tried a couple of Co-op wines – a red and now this white Chardonnay. They are blessed with the common denominator of great quality for the price. I could have my wine-tasting head turned away from my traditional wine merchant and towards this supermarket! Made by widely respected wine makers Larry Cherubino…

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Co-op 2016 Valle del Bio Bio Malbec from Chile – review

Co-op 2016 Valle del Bio Bio Malbec from Chile – review

Malbec is a characterful red wine and is becoming more popular with restaurant goers and home sippers alike. This comes from the Bío Bío Valley in the southern part of Chile. The climate is cool and similar to that found in the Mediterranean. The soil is poor and clay-based and low in fertility, so ideal…

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Willow and Stone White Wine from Kingsland – product review

Willow and Stone White Wine from Kingsland – product review

Here is another light wine from Kingsland. Willow and Stone White Wine is bound to have popular appeal with those who are not normally wine drinkers. It offers value for money (under £4.00) and versatility for summer quaffing. Willow and Stone British wines are crafted with a young audience in mind. This is a fruity…

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Willow & Stone Sparkling Rosé from Kingsland – drinks review

Willow & Stone Sparkling Rosé from Kingsland – drinks review

Willow & Stone Sparkling Rosé British wine is selling at £4.99 and has 8.5% alcohol, so a light-in-every-way alternative to more robust traditional wines. It has a blush peach colour in the glass and is an unchallenging beverage that would be perfect for summer picnics. Reminds me of a Victoria sponge Kingsland’s research showed a…

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Live to Sparkle from Kingsland Wines – review

Live to Sparkle from Kingsland Wines – review

Ideal for party quaffing This is a real party-time drink. It’s ideal for a group, and any glass of fizz with a pink blush is bound to have a lot of frilly stage-presence. Live to Sparkle is a fun bottle complete with high-heels. Live to Sparkle is light with pleasant fruit on the palate; strawberry…

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Borgo Molino Prosecco – wine review

Borgo Molino Prosecco – wine review

It’s said that one eats with one’s eyes. Well, if that’s true then Borgo Molino Prosecco will be tempting before it even reaches the shopping basket. This is a bottle that stands out from the predictable crowd. It’s a little squatter than bottles customarily used for sparking wine. It’s somewhat reminiscent of a small 17th…

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Indian Accent – Mayfair London – restaurant review

Indian Accent – Mayfair London – restaurant review

So, what does one do when a long-loved favourite restaurant closes? Sit in a darkened room in a state of sad dismay? Or, perhaps one visits the newcomer with expectations of disappointment? I did both, but the former, it turns out, was totally over-dramatic and a waste of time, and the latter was unnecessary as…

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Port, Wine and the Douro – travel review

Port, Wine and the Douro – travel review

Ah, beautiful Portugal! Striking architecture in iconic Lisbon. History and character in Porto …and then there is the Douro Valley, which is stunning and will entice any visitor. This area is known for its natural beauty and also for its wines and, in particular, Port. No, it isn’t made in Porto although it’s that city…

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Côte d’Or: The Heart of Burgundy – review

Côte d’Or: The Heart of Burgundy – review

The Wines and Winemakers of the Heart of Burgundy 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 celebrated…

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Portugal – A world of flavours – travel review

Portugal – A world of flavours – travel review

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 the real personality of Portugal. The Portuguese are the product of a…

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Port, Porto and culinary culture – travel review

Port, Porto and culinary culture – travel review

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 – wine review

Mark Hellyar – wine review

Chateau Civrac Wine and Honest Grapes 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 – travel review

Best of England Vineyard Tours – travel review

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 all we had. Red or white from ‘various countries’. They were…

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Mallorca for the Arts – travel review

Mallorca for the Arts – travel review

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 is a beautiful island which has laboured under the touristic yoke of cheap package tours and ‘English Pubs’…

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Hotel Bon Sol – it’s a family affair – travel review

Hotel Bon Sol – it’s a family affair – travel review

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 and an attractive €1.50 for a short ride into…

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