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Nice work if you can get it, Devaux Champagne and Caviar matching

Feb 06, 17 Nice work if you can get it, Devaux Champagne and Caviar matching

Posted by in All, Champagne

I recently met a Caviar ambassador at a Devaux champagne and caviar pairing dinner. I mean if that’s not a dream job, I don’t know what is – having to come up with champagne and caviar food pairings. Oh sure, I suppose there is a downside, but I haven’t thought of it yet! The two seemed to be intertwined in most people’s minds so...

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Prosecco for the weekend

Jan 20, 17 Prosecco for the weekend

Posted by in Sparkling Wine

Prosecco is now the best selling sparkling wine in the UK and for good reason. It’s fresh and bubbly without having to break the bank. A drink that can be enjoyed in celebration, whether it’s a job promotion, birthday or just because it’s the weekend. Prosecco is made from the Glera grape and all quality Prosecco hails from either...

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Basque Cider, Fred Flintstone steaks and catching a drink

Dec 15, 16 Basque Cider, Fred Flintstone steaks and catching a drink

Posted by in Food and Wine, Spain

Earlier this year I was invited to the Basque Country with Visit Basque Country to discover all that it has to offer. I must admit that initially, the only thing I knew about Basque Country is that the Guggenheim has a museum there and Bilbao is the closest airport to Rioja. I was definitely in for a surprise. Of course, we did...

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English Wine arrives at The Ritz

Aug 16, 16 English Wine arrives at The Ritz

Posted by in Champagne

English wine used to literally be a joke in the wine industry, not in part due to the fact that it was thought that this country was too wet and soggy to actually produce quality wine. But, an intrepid band of wine pioneers planted the first vines back in the 50’s and with a big push in the 90’s and early 2000’s,...

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Segways and Electric bicycles in the Rhone Valley

Jul 12, 16 Segways and Electric bicycles in the Rhone Valley

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The latest fad to sweep vineyard tours seems to be Segways. I had seen another blogger on a Segway in South Africa recently and thought, how cool, but will that ever get to the Old World? Well, the answer is yes! And it’s been going on for a few years – I really need to get out more often. We found them in the Rhone...

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Brasserie Blanc – French country cuisine in the heart of London

Jul 05, 16 Brasserie Blanc –  French country cuisine in the heart of London

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Raymond Blanc is probably one of the most well known French chefs here in the UK with his various tv shows, books, and his Michelin starred restaurant in the English countryside. Less well known may be his string of affordable French restaurants around the UK that aim to serve up French country classic dishes. These affordable...

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Lunch Inn the Park, St James Park, London

Jun 28, 16 Lunch Inn the Park, St James Park, London

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London’s parks might not have the best reputation for culinary delights but St. James’ Park is fortunate to have Inn the Park, a lakeside British contemporary cafe and restaurant situated in the heart of St James Park. I was invited to lunch there recently and was pleasantly surprised by the building and atmosphere in...

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Spelunking and winetasting in the Rhone Valley

Jun 14, 16 Spelunking and winetasting in the Rhone Valley

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I’ve done winetasting in many different and exotic locales, from the vineyards of Champagne during one of  the coldest winters ever (think minus 20 degrees Celsius and sitting in the snow on cardboard – believe it or not it was fun!) to dangling 100 metres up in the air whilst tasting-  but the most exhilariating to...

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Blackpool – Everything To See And Do At The North-Wests Favourite Seaside Resort

Mar 22, 16 Blackpool – Everything To See And Do At The North-Wests Favourite Seaside Resort

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Something a little different this week: Blackpool is a seaside resort on the Irish Sea coast of England. Situated in the North West of England this place has been a well-known landmark for decades. From some of the old-school attractions to new and exciting places to see, Blackpool will always be a popular destination for a weekend...

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Lunching with Chateau d’Esclans

Mar 04, 16 Lunching with Chateau d’Esclans

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I recently lunched with the good people of Chateau d’Esclans at the Ivy in Central London. Chateau d’Esclans is located in Provence and as the region is famed for its rosés it shouldn’t be a surprise that Chateau d’Esclans makes some rather excellent rosé wines. They are known for producing such great wines...

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