The Green Fields of France, for Remembrance Day

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Green Fields of France

The Green Fields of France, for Remembrance Day Getting to Champagne from Britain is easy, and it’s quick once you get as far as Eurotunnel. Hence it’s a become a regular pastime down the years. The excitement of exploring some of the world’s grandest wines is literally on the doorstep. But northern France and Belgium are also where millions died …

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Majolini’s Ruc di Gnoc, Curtefranca Rosso

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Majolini, Ruc di Gnoc

Majolini’s Ruc di Gnoc, Curtefranca Rosso I visit Franciacorta as often as I can. It’s a lovely part of Lombardy that makes Italy’s finest sparkling wine. However, I also enjoy the still red and white wines made there, called Curtefranca. Majolini’s Ruc Di Gnoc Rosso is one of the very best examples. Making red and white table wines here have …

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Ten random wine trivia that titillate

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ten trivia to titillate

Ten random wine trivia that titillate Here are ten examples of wine trivia, fun facts about wine worth sharing, ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. First five 1. A Cork Oak tree needs to grow for 25 years before the first harvest. After that, harvests are every ten years. it means each tree can be harvested about ten times during …

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Visiting Villa Monteleone in Valpolicella

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Villa Monteleone Valpolicella

Visiting Villa Monteleone in Valpolicella I visited Villa Monteleone on a hot spring day infused with the smell of Jasmine. We sat in the shade of an ancient Cherry tree tasting the wines with owner Lucia Duran Raimondi. Magic was in the air. Villa Monteleone is in the most western part of the Valpolicella Classico zone in northern Italy, found …

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The wines of Querciabella, redux

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Querciabella redux

The wines of Querciabella, redux My admiration of Querciabella increases with each new vintage. I have shown their wines at many events; they are my benchmark of Tuscan excellence. Time then, for an overview. Querciabella redux is a summary of my many and various scribbles about Querciabella during the past few years. In the centre of the prosperous Tuscan hills, between …

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Book Review: Hugh Johnson on Wine

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Hugh Johnson on Wine

Hugh Johnson on Wine. Good bits from 55 years of Scribbling. To write well about wine, to engage with an audience and do that consistently over many years is no mean feat. These days, many aspire, but few are chosen. Hugh Johnson has been at it now for 55 years. His latest book,  subtitled Good Bits from 55 years of …

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The world’s your Oyster

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Oyster & Champagne

The world’s your Oyster In Victorian times, the Oyster was food for the poor. They were harvested in abundance from around British shores and were cheap. Oysters are a good source of protein, especially valuable when meat is an expensive treat. Nowadays, the situation is very different – Oysters are an expensive delicacy, thanks to a combination of over-fishing and …

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Eat Amatriciana for Amatrice

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Amatriciana for Amatrice

Eat Amatriciana for Amatrice By now, many of us will have seen the devastation caused by the earthquake in Central Italy this week. The epicentre was close to the town of Amatrice. It’s famous for the Amatriciana pasta sauce central to Roman cuisine. To add insult to injury, Amatrice was preparing for its 50th annual festival celebrating their traditional dish this …

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Introducing Port – it’s not one drink

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Rowley Birkin QC Introducing Port

Introducing Port – it’s not one drink Arguably, Port is one of those quintessential British drinks, yet its various guises can be confusing. It’s often associated only with Christmas or Rowley Birkin QC. It deserves better than that. Port is a category rather than one drink. Introducing Port is my summary of the styles, with some examples to try. The …

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Ode to Marmite, spreading the love around

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Ode to Marmite - spreading the love

Ode to Marmite, spreading the love around Love it or hate it, right? Either way, we take Marmite for granted. Like generations before me, I was brought up on the stuff. Virtually indestructible, an opened jar will last for years. However, it survives only a matter of days here at BD Mansions. It’s a product that genuinely tastes like no …

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