Sambrook’s Brewery in the heart of south London

I know I usually blog about wine but what’s more traditional then real English cask ale in the heart of London? Being an American and a winedrinker primarily, I’ve never really gotten into the whole ale thing but I was given the chance to tour Sambrook’s brewery in Battersea to learn more about this very English...

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Road trip to Davenport Vineyard (and video)

What better way to spend a lovely early spring day ( and my birthday) then a day out in the English countryside, visiting an English vineyard. No sniggers, please. England has been making wines since Roman times but only as recently as the 90′s have the English really gotten serious about producing quality wines. Whether it...

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Message in a bottle

I, literally, got a message in a bottle the other day. Turns out the FriendsofGlass have found me and want me to join in their campaign. Seems glass containers are getting a bad rap nowadays what with PET, tetrapak, cardboard containers, amongst other kinds of alternative packaging to good ol’ glass bottles. What are the cons...

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Bibendum sale – ends 13th Feb

  Yeah, Bibendum is having their twice yearly big sale – up to 40% off on a great selection of wines. The sale started last week  and ends 13th Feb but I just haven’t had a chance to check it out. They’ve got everything from Champagne to Burgundy & Bordeaux, Sweet wines and Port and even magnums and halves!...

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Win Naked!

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Naked Wines are launching a competition to win £1000 worth of wine for your wedding! I usually think Valentine’s Day is a triumph of marketing, much like Mother’s Day but  Naked have come up with something original to celebrate the month of love. They’ve come up with a video...

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Reds (mostly) and lamb for dinner

  Sunday dinner at mine. Rack of lamb, good friends and lots of fab wine. Ayesha, John and I provided the food and everyone else had to bring a wine. The aperitifs -  ’02 Blin vintage champagne and the Balfour Brut Sparkling Rose. The Balfour again getting rave reviews, Penny said that it could easily be confused with the...

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