Monthly Archives: August 2012

The last rays of summer

Please don’t misunderstand me, I do love Autumn too, but this rose I have just tasted smacks of bright summer sunshine. When asked to give an example of Portuguese rose, many may still say Mateus. But Portugal can and does … Continue reading

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Tipple tastings – local courses

To learn more about wine and winemaking you may like to join one of the new Autumn Term courses in your area. I am tutoring an Introduction to Wine Tasting both at City College Peterborough and also at Visions Casterton Business … Continue reading

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To boldly go where no supermarket has been before?

This month Waitrose will be stocking Chinese and Brazilian wines, according to The Grocer (11 Aug 2012). Another bold move by an adventurous business. Look out for Changyu Cabernet Gernischt and Brazilian Miolo Cuvee Tradition Brut Rose.

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Local tipples

Want to recommend good local tipple: Ann and I tried out a red by the name of Regolo, Rosso Veronese 2008 at Cloisters Stamford a few nights back.  It’s their top red and combined well with a Calzone pizza. Any … Continue reading

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Sublime to the ridiculous

The sublime bit was tasting Champagne and Icewine the night before. The down to earth bit was taking all my garden rubbish to the council lorry next morning! The Icewine by the way came direct from Canada, courtesy of two … Continue reading

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Life after the Olympics

I do realise that in saying there is life after the Olympics I may well be pushing at an open door.  All that intensity, effort and excitement is over.  Now some may feel relief and need a little bit of respite.  … Continue reading

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What wine would you have with a McDonalds?

Is it unthinkable? Have I lost my marbles? Last weekend we visited a huge McDonalds in the Olympic Park. We had to race to grab a table having ordered our food in the Express queue (a sort of Drive Thru on foot) to … Continue reading

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Time to think pink

There’s pink everywhere at the Olympics alongside deep red. So one cannot help thinking about wine – well that’s my excuse!  Coming out of Wembley Stadium my family and I needed food and drink and we chanced upon an Iraqi … Continue reading

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Paparuda? Yes please!

I must admit I didn’t know that Adnams were selling some good Romanian wine. Now I am shortlisting it for the October Wine Talk in Peterborough. It tastes excellent, but moreover can double up to drink chilled with fish or complement a … Continue reading

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