August 31, 2017

In 1874, Queen Victoria had been Queen for 37 years;

New York City annexed an area called The Bronx; the first football team on the continental mainland of Europe in Dresden is formed; some noticeable people were born; Ernest Shackleton, Gertrude Stein, Harry Houdini, G...

August 19, 2017

­Beginners beginners guide to Spanish wine.

Is there more to it that Sherry, Sangria and Rioja? Well if you are just at the start of adventuring into the world of wine and were wondering about Spain, here’s a very brief guide. If you are already a connoisseur of the...

August 7, 2017

Well, summer is here and so are the West Indies. Barbeque season is upon us and lots of well spiced food straight off the flames. Can you have a wine that matches up as well as a beer does?

Why does beer work so well when wine seems to not be such a great match. Partly...

July 2, 2017

In the history of rock and roll excesses wine tends not to feature too highly. Seldom does the name of a wine sit comfortably within biographies of our musical greats. Bourbon and whiskey are there aplenty. Wines may make the odd appearance in the odd line of a song ce...

June 25, 2017

Chardonnay, the everybody's everthing.

A really strong contender for a friend for all. Not too demanding in growing conditions, will take to whatever blending the producer wants, not really fussy where it grows, within certain limits, but all in all a really willing gra...

June 21, 2017

Rum, the drink of pirates, drink from the Caribbean and other countries where sugar cane is grown, is a drink that is distilled from either sugar cane or molasses. When it is produced it is a clear liquid with a slightly sweet taste. So is there anything else to it oth...

June 18, 2017

Prosecco is currently the UK's most imported drink. Where's it from? What's it all about and how can you spot a good one?

Prosecco is the name of a region in north-east Italy. Prosecco used to be the name of the grape, but they changed that grape's name to Glera. So Gle...

June 14, 2017

A year ago I did not know that the word sommelier existed yet alone was something I'd become. Then I did. Was it a plan? Not really. It just seemed to happen, with lots of help from lots of people.

Sommeliers, briefly, match food to drinks to get the best out of both, a...

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