Ockenden Manor

May 22, 19 Ockenden Manor

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As part of my recent trip to Bolney Estate, we were invited to stay over night at Ockenden Manor. Ockenden Manor is a short 10 minute drive from Bolney and is an excellent base from which to visit the vineyard. After our wine tasting we drove over to the manor, which has a lovely very modern spa, available to hotel guests, in order...

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Bolney Wine Estate’s 2018 vintage released

Last week I visited Bolney Wine Estate in Sussex to taste their 2018 vintages. While English sparkling wine seems to get all the press, English still wine is also getting better and better with every vintage. 2018 was an exceptional year, being one of the warmest on record, and that is reflected in the wines that Bolney showcased...

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My New Favourite Gadget, the Tofuture Press

Sep 24, 18 My New Favourite Gadget, the Tofuture Press

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I usually focus on wine here on Wine Sleuth with the occasional foray into food.  Recently, I have taken tentative steps into veganism and tofu naturally figures high in a vegans diet, except this one, who loves to cook at home. So when I was asked if I would like to try out a new tofu press, I jumped on it. Normally, I don’t...

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Chateau Angelus and Organic Viticulture in Bordeaux

Sep 07, 18 Chateau Angelus and Organic Viticulture in Bordeaux

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When one thinks of Bordeaux, organic viticulture does not immediately spring to mind but one family in St Emilion are working to change that perception. I had lunch earlier this week with Hubert de Bouard (head of the family, his daughter Stephanie Bouard-Rivoal (Managing Director) and cousin, Thierry Grenier de Bouard (Deputy...

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What Makes Victorian Wines So Great?

Sep 06, 18 What Makes Victorian Wines So Great?

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Usually talk of trips to Australia conjure-up visuals of sunny beaches, rugged outback and Nicole Kidman. We very rarely think of Australia as a cool-climate continent, with low to moderate temperatures, and plenty of rainfall. However, when it comes to wine, not all Australian regions are equal. Sure, you have the Barossa Valley...

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New Italian wine bar – Bottles in Spitalfields

Aug 21, 18 New Italian wine bar – Bottles in Spitalfields

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Spitalfields is now the home of new wine bar, Bottles. A joint venture by Italian food and wine experts, Franco Mancini and Daniele Marano, Bottles aims to showcase small Italian wine producers, indigenous varieties, and forgotten grapes. Bottles occupies the old Vagabond space in Spitalfields Market, facing Brushfield St on one...

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