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Afternoon Champagne and Cheese in Brixton

Apr 07, 17 Afternoon Champagne and Cheese in Brixton

Posted by in Champagne, Food and Wine, London

Most people consider champagne as a celebratory drink and only pop it open on special occasions. I, however, consider champange to be a wine just like any other, albeit with bubbles and it should be drunk with food accordingly. The folks at Champagne + Fromage are also firm believers in pairing champagne with food and in particular...

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Postcard from India – Big Banyan Chenin Blanc

Mar 14, 17 Postcard from India – Big Banyan Chenin Blanc

Posted by in All, Travel

Right before I left Goa I was looking for someplace to eat off the beach and stumbled across a restaurant called La La Land not far from Neptune Point – how could I resist? Plus it was a very nice set up with a lovely courtyard and a reasonable menu. I was feeling adventurous so I ordered hummous and a glass of Chenin Blanc....

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Vallone Vineyards, a boutique Indian winery in the Nashik Valley

Mar 13, 17 Vallone Vineyards, a boutique Indian winery in the Nashik Valley

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Vallone Vineyards  is one of India’s first boutique wineries and was started in 2009 by Indian wine industry veteran, Shailedra Pai. His aim was to produce French style wines in the Nashik Valley. Vallone is a neighbour of Grover Zampa, who I wrote about here, and they share similar terroir. Like most other vineyards in the...

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Grover Zampa Sparkling Wine – A Bubbly Delight

Mar 13, 17 Grover Zampa Sparkling Wine – A Bubbly Delight

Posted by in All, Sparkling Wine

While I was at Grover Zampa, I also got the opportunity to try their sparkling wine. Having spoken to quite a few producers now, the consensus is that sparkling wine definitely has a place here in the Nasik Valley. However, apart from Chandon (more on them later), the grape of choice for sparking NV is Chenin Blanc and for rosé,...

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Grover Zampa, Indian wine from the hills of Nasik

Mar 13, 17 Grover Zampa, Indian wine from the hills of Nasik

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Driving through the dusty back roads of the Nashik Valley, only the hills in the distance topped by strange formations gave away the fact that I was in India’s wine country. I was on my way to visit Grover Zampa, one of the more well known wineries in the region. Accompanying me was my guide for the region, Manoj Jagtap. Manoj...

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Postcard from India, Madera white wine

Mar 06, 17 Postcard from India, Madera white wine

Posted by in All, Travel

Just a brief note on the first Indian wine I’ve tried so far. I’m in Goa at the moment and despite there being plenty of alcohol shops around,they don’t sell a lot of wine.  It is pricy in relation to other alcoholic beverages. For example, a large bottled beer costs about 100-110 rupees (roughly £1.20)in...

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Help Send the Winesleuth to Discover India’s Wine Regions

Feb 14, 17 Help Send the Winesleuth to Discover India’s Wine Regions

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Who doesn’t love wine? Wine is a big part of my life and I don’t just mean drinking it. I am passionate about uncovering the story of wine as well as tasting and finding the best wines and places to drink them for my readers. Especially wines that are undiscovered and need a light shone on them. Which is why I’ve...

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4 of London’s Favourite 24-Hour Alcohol Delivery Services

Feb 09, 17 4 of London’s Favourite 24-Hour Alcohol Delivery Services

Posted by in All, Featured Post

Whether you are throwing a last-minute party or are in desperate need of a glass of merlot after a long day at the office, taking advantage of London’s 24-hour alcohol delivery systems benefits all of us. We have taken a look at some of our favourites places to order alcohol from, and investigated the perks of choosing them over...

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Nice work if you can get it, Champagne and Caviar matching

Feb 06, 17 Nice work if you can get it, Champagne and Caviar matching

Posted by in All, Champagne

I recently met a Caviar ambassador at a champagne and caviar pairing dinner. I mean if that’s not a dream job, I don’t know what is – having to come up with champagne and caviar food pairings. Oh sure, I suppose there is a downside, but I haven’t thought of it yet! The two seemed to be intertwined in most people’s minds so is seems...

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Prosecco for the weekend

Jan 20, 17 Prosecco for the weekend

Posted by in Sparkling Wine

Prosecco is now the best selling sparkling wine in the UK and for good reason. It’s fresh and bubbly without having to break the bank. A drink that can be enjoyed in celebration, whether it’s a job promotion, birthday or just because it’s the weekend. Prosecco is made from the Glera grape and all quality Prosecco hails from either...

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