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Oz Clarke on English Wine

Oz Clarke on English Wine

How things have changed. A combination of global warming and improved techniques have elevated English wines. Wine guru Oz Clarke now has material to fill a book on just that subject, English Wine: From still to sparkling: The NEWEST New World wine country. We in the UK will glow with pride and the French will…

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Champagne: Wine of Kings and the King of Wines

Champagne: Wine of Kings and the King of Wines

Champagne: Wine of Kings and the King of Wines by Tom Bruce-Gardyne introduces the reader to the colourful story of how this delicious sparkling wine became the centrepiece of any smart party or event, and almost anywhere in the world. Champagne has universal appeal. This impressive tome looks at the essential and celebrated method of…

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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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Port and the Douro – travel review

Port and the Douro – travel review

I would love to tell my readers that I am an expert on that full and iconic beverage but until recently Port was that festive tipple that mostly stayed in the sideboard unless Uncle Charles was over. I, along with most others, considered it a drink for ‘older’ folks, although as I am nearly 60…

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500 Red Wines and 500 White Wines – reviews

500 Red Wines and 500 White Wines – reviews

Life was easier back then. A bottle of sherry for Christmas or when the vicar was coming to tea, some brown ale for dad on Saturday night and a bottle of Hirondelle wine to drink in the kitchen at parties. Now we have choices and viticultural aspirations …but what to buy? I offer you two…

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In and Out of Africa …in search of Gérard Depardieu by Francis Gimblett – review

In and Out of Africa …in search of Gérard Depardieu by Francis Gimblett – review

I review many and several books each week and pride myself on being able to spot a literary disaster at ten paces. They often fit this profile: small or nonexistent publisher, unknown author, subjects I know nothing about (there are, strangely, many of those), lots of writing and few pictures. But In and Out of…

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Cooking with Booze by Ryan Jennings – review

Cooking with Booze by Ryan Jennings – review

You’ve gotta love a book with a title like that! We are told that drinking isn’t good for us so Cooking with Booze presents us with a delightful solution to that guilt-ridden dilemma. Don’t drink (so much), just eat! Ryan Jennings and David Steele are witty and they know their stuff. Ryan is a food…

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The Wine and Food Lover’s Guide to Portugal – review

The Wine and Food Lover’s Guide to Portugal – review

Charles Metcalfe and Kathryn McWhirter are a formidable team. I know of Charles from his numerous appearances on food-related shows like Good Food Live on the UKTV Food network. Kathryn has a wealth of experience as both a food and wine journalist and editor. I had expected this book to be just a guide to…

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Wine Travel Guide to the World by Robert Joseph – review

Wine Travel Guide to the World by Robert Joseph – review

This is yet another Footprint guide and it’s well up to the standard of their regular travel books, but this one is rather unique. It’s a guide specifically for anyone who travels and enjoys wine. It doesn’t focus on any one wine growing region but includes ALL wine-producing areas. The book is divided by country…

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