Cheese and wine matching: Top tips and classic matches

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Cheese and wine matching: ten top tips and classic matches

Cheese and wine matching: Top tips and classic matches It is hardly surprising that there is a long history of wine and cheese pairing as both products have long had local origins and identities. We don’t know exactly when and where cheese making started. Possibly it was when sheep were domesticated, around 8,000 BC. We do know for sure that …

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Aperol Spritz, a bitter-sweet memory

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Aperol Spritz - a bittersweet memory

Aperol Spritz, a bitter-sweet memory There are 300,000 glasses of Aperol Spritz poured every day in Italy. What makes Aperol spritz distinctive is the bright orange aperitive called Aperol. I first discovered it on the smart café terrace of Osteria Bancogiro. It overlooks the Grand Canal in Venice, sandwiched between the hedonistic delights of the Rialto and the Market. Memories made …

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What’s your Champagne Style?

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Champagne style

What’s your Champagne Style? While there is but one way of making Champagne, not all Champagnes are the same. Champagne is a blend of three essential ingredients: grape varieties, vineyards and vintages. In combination, they can create a particular Champagne style. Champagne is a protected word, meaning it can only come from the Champagne region. Most Champagne is a blend …

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The Premium Gin Renaissance, Part 2 of 2: Gin Reviews

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Part 2 Gin Reviews

The Premium Gin Renaissance, Part 2 of 2: Gin Reviews Part 1 covered the history and renaissance of Premium Gin. Now for the Gin reviews. Gin says something about you Premium Gin is about three elements that should combine to create a great and memorable drink. The botanical ingredients, painstaking artisanal production, and an exquisite presentation because the style is …

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The Premium Gin Renaissance, Part 1 of 2

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Discovering Premium Gin Part 1

The Premium Gin Renaissance, Part 1 of 2 Gin has a chequered history. No other drink shows such a polarity of style and fashion versus intemperance as Gin. Italian monks were the first to distill wine into a crude spirit. Juniper berries were added to mask the raw taste. Drunk for medicinal purposes, it was even tried as a remedy …

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Too hot to handle? Enjoying wines with Asian food

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Enjoying wines with Asian food

Too hot to handle? Enjoying wines with Asian food Britain’s favourite dish is often said to be Chicken Tikka Masala. There is no doubting our love of Asian food, particularly those cuisines from India, China and Thailand. Unlike winemaking in Europe, Asia has never produced nor consumed in quantity, so a tradition of wine and food matching never arose there. …

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Tenuta di Valgiano, Palistorti Rosso

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Tenuta di Valgiano Palistorti Rosso

Tenuta di Valgiano Palistorti Rosso, DOC Colline Lucchesi, Italy Welcome to Lucca Laura di Collabiano welcomed me into the kitchen of Tenuta di Valgiano. This sixteenth-century estate is some 250 metres above the river Sérchio, and 10 km north of Lucca in Tuscany. On a cold February night, a fire burned brightly within an enormous open hearth, giving the room …

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Cotswolds pub: The Wild Duck Inn at Ewen

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Wild Duck Inn - Clock

Cotswolds pub: The Wild Duck Inn at Ewen The Wild Duck Inn is a quintessential Cotswold country inn, dating from 1563. It’s found near to the source of the River Thames, at Ewen, just three miles from Cirencester. Having walked along the River Thames National Path (some 184 miles from source to sea), I was keen to return. So the …

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The bucolic delights of the Cottage in the Wood

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The Cottage in the Wood

The bucolic delights of the Cottage in the Wood If there’s a restaurant with rooms that can offer a better Lakeland view than the Cottage in the Wood, then I’d like to know about it. Sitting on a terrace surrounded by trees, with a glass of Champagne and the mighty Skiddaw in the distance is my idea of perfection. At …

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Ravenstone Lodge weekend break, Bassenthwaite

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Ravenstone Lodge

Ravenstone Lodge weekend break, Bassenthwaite Ravenstone Lodge is a small hotel in the northern Lake District on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake, some five miles north of Keswick. Nestling at the foot of the mighty Skiddaw mountain range, this was once a Victorian coach house and occupies five acres of unspoilt countryside. It’s a three-star hotel with an AA Rosette …

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