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Tokaji – a sweet, sweet visit to Hungary

Jan 13, 14 Tokaji – a sweet, sweet visit to Hungary

Posted by in All, Travel

I don’t exactly remember the first time I tried tokaji but I’m pretty sure it was a Disznoko tokaji as that’s the name that most sticks in my mind whenever I think of tokaji. Tokaji comes from Hungary and is made from grapes that have been left on the vine for as long as possible. This results in botrytis which...

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San Diego Cellars – a downtown urban winery

Jan 11, 14 San Diego Cellars – a downtown urban winery

Posted by in All, California, Travel

I spent the majority of my holiday break in San Diego, Ca., which was nice and sunny, of course. But besides the sun and sea, San Diego also has their very own urban winery. The concept of urban wineries more or less started in California but has since spread to many other parts of the States – Washington and Oregon in...

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Upcoming – 5 decades of Chateau d’Yquem at Nobu London

Jan 09, 14 Upcoming – 5 decades of Chateau d’Yquem at Nobu London

Posted by in Food and Wine, London

I don’t usually write about events that I’m not attending but I know the guys over at The Antique Wine Company and they always have good stuff to taste. This time, however, I think they have outdone themselves. They are offering a unique, dare I say it, once in a lifetime opportunity, to taste 5 decades of Chateau...

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A Comte cheese tasting

Jan 06, 14 A Comte cheese tasting

Posted by in Food and Wine

Contributed by Anna von Bertele “Taste can be compared to music: we hear music as a whole, but if we listen more carefully we can make out each particular instrument and every single note of the score … Let Comté, the traditional cheese made in the Jura massif, play its delicate music on the instruments of your...

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I’m starting off Christmas Day with Billecart-Salmon brut blanc de blanc

Dec 19, 13 I’m starting off Christmas Day with Billecart-Salmon brut blanc de blanc

Posted by in Champagne

It’s almost time to break out the bubbly for Christmas morning. I don’t know about you but I always like to start off with a glass of champagne on the big day. Actually, I think champagne any day is a good idea but on Christmas Day, you can get more people to drink with you in the morning as it seems to be an anything...

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Thorntons Chocs and whisky for Christmas

Dec 16, 13 Thorntons Chocs and whisky for Christmas

Posted by in All

It’s crunch time, less than a week and a half to get all your Christmas shopping done.  It’s time to brave the masses, wade in and get buying. Unless you’re one of those annoying people who get all their shopping done by the end of October. Whenever I hear people say that, I always think, “You  have WAYYYYYY...

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Sherry Masterclass and visit to The Sign of the Don

Dec 12, 13 Sherry Masterclass and visit to The Sign of the Don

Posted by in All, London, wine bars

As many of my readers know, I am a huge fan of sherry. Not the typical sherry your grandmother sips on Christmas Day. I’m talking about the dry, nutty and aged sherries that have recently gained renewed popularity in the bars and restaurants of London. It seems that more and more people are appreciating the nuances of sherry...

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AMEX in Paris, a Sneek Peek at Rungis Market – video

Dec 09, 13 AMEX in Paris, a Sneek Peek at Rungis Market – video

Posted by in All, France

I’ve always wanted to visit Rungis Market and now I can, at least vicariously through this video from AmEx… Amex Travel Insider Alex Zane is taking a sneak peek behind some of Europe’s best known destinations, uncovering the hidden gems that make each place that little bit more interesting. According to research...

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Chino Latino special menu for New Years Eve

Dec 09, 13 Chino Latino special menu for New Years Eve

Posted by in All, Food and Wine, London

Chino Latino at the Park Plaza Riverbank is celebrating their 10 year anniversary with a special menu. Executive Group Chef Werner Seebach has created a ten-course Tasting Menu, featuring a retrospective of the Pan-Asian restaurant’s signature dishes of the past decade, to end off the year in fabulous style. I was invited to...

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Cunard Cruise Lines New Wine List

Dec 08, 13 Cunard Cruise Lines New Wine List

Posted by in All, Lifestyle

Recently, I was sent a few samples from Cunard Cruise Lines newest wine list. Cunard have been on the high seas for over 170 years and I’ve always wanted to sail on their flagship Queen Elizabeth II. Years ago, when I was a child in California, I visited the Queen Mary which is now ‘retired’ and moored in Long...

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