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Mother’s Day Food, Drink and Travel

Feb 27, 15 Mother’s Day Food, Drink and Travel

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I’ve been turning my attention to Mother’s Day lately. Thinking about where I would go and what I would do in an ideal world. There would have to be plenty of wine or champagne involved of course. Feel free to leave a comment with your suggestions. It would be interesting to hear your thoughts on how you would pair some delicious...

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Discount wine books on line at The Works

Feb 23, 15 Discount wine books on line at The Works

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I love to get my hands on wine books. Whether it’s a book about how to make wine, how to drink wine or a great story about the history of wine, I want to read it. I used to buy books for my Kindle but there is something to be said for actually having a solid, physical specimen in your hand. I’v now gone back to buying...

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[PODCAST] A Chat with Caroline Henry About Her New Book, Terroir Champagne

Feb 20, 15 [PODCAST] A Chat with Caroline Henry About Her New Book, Terroir Champagne

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I’ve started podcasting again and my first new podcast is with my friend and Champagne expert, Caroline Henry. Caroline has been living in the region for the past 3 years in Hautvillers.  In that time she has become aware of the sustainable, organic and biodynamic movement in the region. So much so, that she is now writing a...

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Want Unique Wine Gifts? Check Out Uncommon Goods Online

Feb 19, 15 Want Unique Wine Gifts? Check Out Uncommon Goods Online

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I often surf around the web just to see what kinds of wine related gifts there are out there for wine geeks (ahem, a certain Winesleuth is having a birthday soon, just saying).  I recently came across this lovely website that features quirky but stylish wine-themed gifts. You can have a look at some of their offerings here. The aim...

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My Top 5 Favourite Tapas Bars in Barcelona

Feb 18, 15 My Top 5 Favourite Tapas Bars in Barcelona

Posted by in Food and Wine, Travel

I spent most of last Autumn hanging out in Barcelona and while I was there, I discovered plenty of little tapas bars around the well worn tourist path. There are SO many crap tapas bars in Barcelona. I hope my little list will at least give you brief glimpse into what you can find if you scratch the surface and get away from the...

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Tasting Vin Clair at Veuve Clicquot, Future Champagne in the Making

Feb 17, 15 Tasting Vin Clair at Veuve Clicquot, Future Champagne in the Making

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I like to think that vin clair tasting is similar to Bordeaux en primeur in that it’s a tasting where you are given a glimpse of the wine to come. With vin clair though you have to use your imagination a lot more to envision how the final blend will turn out. Bear in mind also that it’s not 2 or even 10 vin clair that...

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Dive Bouteille – wine tasting under the hills of Saumur

Feb 08, 15 Dive Bouteille – wine tasting under the hills of Saumur

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I was on Day 2 of my natural, biodynamic and organic wine tasting trip in the Loire and today we were in the town of Saumur for the 16th annual Dive Bouteille tasting. The Dive tasting is the oldest and most important natural wine tasting around. It was originally started by producers who wanted to showcase their wines outside of...

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Tasting natural, organic and biodynamic wines at the Renaissance des Appellations Greniers St. Jean

Feb 05, 15 Tasting natural, organic and biodynamic wines at the Renaissance des Appellations Greniers St. Jean

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What is ‘natural’ wine, exactly? Is it wine that is made without intervention – and what exactly does that mean? Is it wine that only has sulfur added at bottling? Or wine that has no added sulfur whatsoever? Or is it wine that is organically/biodynamically grown? After spending the weekend in the Loire at two of...

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Nicolas Feuillatte, biggest co-op in Champagne

Jan 30, 15 Nicolas Feuillatte, biggest co-op in Champagne

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Everyone likes to talk about the grand marquees of Champagne, your Vueves and your Taittingers but the big houses are not the only players in Champagne. Like other regions, Champagne also has co-ops and one of the biggest in France is Nicolas Feuillatte. It is the largest co-op in Champagne with over 5,000 growers supplying grapes...

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“Extreme” Inniskillin or winter in Canada

Jan 21, 15 “Extreme” Inniskillin or winter in Canada

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Earlier this month I jetted off to Ontario, Canada to check out their Ice Wine Festival and while I was there, we visited one of the legendary wineries of Canada, Inniskillin. The winery was founded in Niagara-on-theLake over 35 years ago by Donald Ziraldo and Karl Kaiser. Their goal being to produce premium wine from the Niagara...

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