100 AWEsome wines 2017 – get your copy free

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100 AWEsome Wines 2017

100 AWEsome wines 2017 – get your copy free Each year, the Association of Wine Educators, (AWE) of which I am a member, publish a 16-page colour booklet called 100 AWEsome wines. AWEsome – geddit? The 2017 Edition is hot off the press and brand new. And it does what it says on the tin: Inside are 100 great wines …

Losing My Extra-Virginity in Corsica: Oltremonti Olive Oil

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Moulin Oltremonti Corsica EVOO

Losing My Extra-Virginity in Corsica: Oltremonti Olive Oil I love Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, (or EVOO for short). However, I knew little about making it and less about how to taste it. Losing my Extra-Virginity was overdue. Hence I visited Domaine Oltremonti recently. Oltremonti is near Bastia, in northern Corsica, between the wild high Maquis and the coast. The Domaine has 35 …

Book Review: The Modern History of Italian Wine

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The Modern History of Italian Wine

Book Review: The Modern History of Italian Wine There has been a revolution in the quality and availability of Italian wines that tentatively began in the ‘60s and ‘70s and continues unabated. What was unclear until this book were the cumulative reasons behind it, and how their interplay led to the transformation of Italian wine. Hence, the Modern History of …

Wine Alchemy First Anniversary 11.04.17

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Wine Alchemy 1st Anniversary 11/04/2017

Wine Alchemy First Anniversary 11.04.17 Today I’m celebrating the first anniversary of the relaunched Wine Alchemy website with chocolate cake and a glass of Banyuls* from Collioure. It’s a great combo! Firstly, the 11.04.16 relaunch seemed only five minutes ago. Since then, I’ve chronicled the best of the past year on this website with 80 published pieces on wine, food and travel, …

Knightor Trevannion. English Quality Wine from Cornwall

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Knightor Trevannion

Knightor Trevannion. English Quality Wine from Cornwall I’ve been exploring English wineries recently; in Cornwall, Hampshire, Sussex and Kent. Trevannion is from a Cornish winery called Knightor. It’s less than five minutes drive from the Eden Project, near St. Austell. Only grapes grown in England and Wales can be used to make English Quality Wine. Hence the grapes are from Knightor’s Cornish vineyards, …

Seasonal Eating: soon time for Samphire

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Fresh Samphire

Seasonal Eating: Soon time for Samphire I consider myself blessed to have a Fishmonger that turns up every week at the local market. When in the season, he includes a couple of handfuls of emerald green samphire for free. In Britain, Samphire grows naturally in muddy salt-water marshes and estuaries around the coast. It’s a seasonal delicacy, at its best …

Campo alle Comete, Stupore. UK Exclusive!

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Campo alle Comete Stupore Bolgheri Rosso DOC 2015

Campo alle Comete, Stupore. UK Exclusive! The wines of the Bolgheri region, down on the Tuscan coast, excite me in a way few others can. Bolgheri has become a magnet for wine investment, and many famous Italian wine producers have expanded into the area. Bolgheri is primarily Bordeaux-blend land, where the Reds achieve a rare intensity and Sangiovese plays only …

Terre à Terre in Brighton – bohemian like me

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Terre à Terre

Terre à Terre in Brighton – bohemian like me Terre à Terre in Brighton is possibly the finest vegetarian restaurant in Britain. It was opened in 1993 by Amanda Powley and Philip Taylor. Since then, their vision of fine dining has become legendary, a celebration of the ethical and sustainable, without meat or fish. It’s been six years since I …

Recipe: Spaghetti alla Norma, a real taste of Sicily

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Spaghetti alla Norma, Sicily

Recipe: Spaghetti alla Norma, a real taste of Sicily A big bowl of Spaghetti alla Norma is truly the essence of Sicilian cuisine. I first ate it in Ragusa many years ago. It’s a tomato and aubergine pasta heaven that forms a regular part of my diet. Hearty and healthy, it’s so foolproof to make that even I can do …

Book Review: The Oxford Companion To Cheese

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Book Review: The Oxford Companion to Cheese

Book Review: The Oxford Companion To Cheese Imagine the world without cheese. I wonder if you can. For me, that’s a vision of hell. If you feel the same way, then you really should invest in the newly published The Oxford Companion to Cheese. Billed as “the first truly comprehensive reference work dedicated to how four basic ingredients – milk, …