Posts Tagged “wine”

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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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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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 – drinks review

Massucco Wines – drinks review

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. What makes the difference all too often is price, at the…

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Hotel TerraVina for Bed and Breakfast – hotel review

Hotel TerraVina for Bed and Breakfast – hotel review

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 – restaurant review

Hotel TerraVina Dining – restaurant review

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 – travel review

Travels & Tapas in Basque Country – travel review

We have likely heard of it but if pinpointing this region on a map was a capital offence then it’s probable a 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…

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Vassilis Papagiannakos at Domaine Papagiannakos Winery – interview

Vassilis Papagiannakos at Domaine Papagiannakos Winery – interview

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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Grapes & Wines by Oz Clarke – review

Grapes & Wines by Oz Clarke – review

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 name. He oft graces our TV screens…

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Lambrusco – another taste – wine review

Lambrusco – another taste – wine review

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 – travel review

The Sparkle of Vilmart & Cie – travel review

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 – travel review

La Belle Epoque – 5-star floating through Burgundy – travel review

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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Wine & Spice Series 2015 at Cinnamon Club – restaurant review

Wine & Spice Series 2015 at Cinnamon Club – restaurant review

It’s without doubt one of the best Indian restaurants in London. It’s housed in a historic grade II listed building near Westminster Abbey. It was once a library and evidently a striking one. Many original features have been retained, giving this unique restaurant a calming and timeless ambiance. Now Cinnamon Club is hosting wine evenings….

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Champagne – a brief encounter – drinks review

Champagne – a brief encounter – drinks review

One is spoilt for restaurants in London. Highend Michelin-starred, white-tableclothed establishments abound. The weather becomes warmer. We dream of those balmy days and longer evenings with friends. The picture might include floral frocks, a bowl of salad, a platter of salmon and, of course, a bottle of champagne. It is, for those gatherings, the dot…

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