Cotes de Provence, M de Minuty rose

Apr 22, 20 Cotes de Provence, M de Minuty rose

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It’s warming up and as soon as the sun comes out, so does the rosé wine. I personally love rosé. Although it has to be the dry version as I’m not a fan of the sweet stuff (sorry rosé de Anjou, and don’t even get me started on white zin – ugh!). At the moment, I have in the shop the M de Minuty rosé from the...

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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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