Juighissa, dessert wine of Sardinia by Cantina della Vernaccia

May 02, 18 Juighissa, dessert wine of Sardinia by Cantina della Vernaccia

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Sardinia. Honestly, I always got it confused with Sicily; an Italian island in the Mediterranean, has beaches and they make wine. That was, until my most recent trip to the rugged island of Sardinia, where I discovered a beautiful landscape of granite mountains, verdant valleys, rolling hills, white sandy beaches with aquamarine...

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An Evening of Meat (and than some…)

Apr 15, 18 An Evening of Meat (and than some…)

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When I was invited to preview “An Evening of Meat” I wasn’t sure what to expect, it was billed as “… a unique and provocative dinner installation: a feast of femininity where expressive dance and indulgent food meet to thoroughly inundate all the senses…” However, I’m always game for...

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Postcard from Sardinia

Mar 07, 18 Postcard from Sardinia

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I landed in Sardinia last night and was charmed by the dramatic seaside before we even landed. I know very little about this island other then it’s Italian and cannonau is the main variety cultivated here. I’m here visiting as part of the Sardinia Beyond the Sea initiative sponsored by Sardinian producers and the...

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Hay Shed Hill Wines, Margaret River

Mar 04, 18 Hay Shed Hill Wines, Margaret River

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On a cold, grey, rainy (read: typical) London January day, I made my way to the Boxcar Butcher & Grill in Marylebone for a few bottles of Australian sunshine courtesy of Hay Shed Hill Wines. Owner and winemaker Michael Kerrigan was in town to show off his wines to the lucky ones of us gathered around the dining table. Michael...

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Domaine Henry, organic wines of St Georges d’Orques

Feb 26, 18 Domaine Henry, organic wines of St Georges d’Orques

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I was in Montpellier recently to do a bit of judging for the 2018 Milliseme Bio trade fair. It’s always nice to escape to the South of France in the middle of winter and when it’s to do a bit of winetasting, all the more fun. While I was there, part of my visit was an excursion to Domaine Henry. The domaine is right...

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The Avina Champagne Stopper

Nov 04, 17 The Avina Champagne Stopper

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Over the summer I received the Avina champagne stopper in the post to review. I don’t really use stoppers much but on occasion they can be useful. Avina has developed a champagne stopper that claims it will keep the fizz in AND you can store open bottles sideways, which means you can lay them down on the fridge shelves rather...

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