Pie and Mash – an authentic taste of London

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Pie and Mash sign, Goddard's Greenwich

Pie and Mash – an authentic taste of London While I live ever more distant from my London birthplace, that doesn’t wholly quell its siren call. There are many things I don’t miss, but one thing I do is Pie and Mash, proper London food. There is, sadly, an ever-dwindling collection of emporia in London in which to eat it. …

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Wine and Cake – the first of an occasional theme

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Wine and Cake assortment

Wine and cake – the first of an occasional theme Let’s try some word association. If I say the word wine, do you reply with cake? No, I thought not. Pairing wine and cake together only occurred to me on a miserable winter afternoon. Given the current spate of storms battering these shores (Storm Xena Warrior Princess* will be along …

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Artichoke Sauce with Spaghetti – effortless sophistication

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Globe Artichoke ©Wikipedia

Artichoke Sauce with Spaghetti – effortless sophistication Globe Artichoke is tricky to pair with wine, and the usual culinary advice is don’t. Putting them together usually results in metallic or bitter flavours. It’s why the dressing for globe artichokes often employs the sharpness of lemon juice or vinaigrette. Wine-friendly they’re most certainly not. However, marinating artichoke hearts changes their flavour …

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Beronia Rioja – an historic wine tasting

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Matías Calleja, Bodegas Beronia, Rioja Alta

Beronia Rioja – an historic wine tasting Sometimes readers ask why Rioja doesn’t feature more frequently on these pages – it’s the most famous and well-loved Spanish wine region, with classically styled wines that are rightly popular. Indeed, Rioja is synonymous with Spanish wine and inextricably linked with Spanish culture and cuisine. But there’s the reason right there. Like Bordeaux …

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Cantina Toblino Vènt project – a different kind of tension

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Cantina Toblino Vènt Project Wines

Cantina Toblino Vènt project – a different kind of tension Cantina Toblino was recently awarded the Wine Alchemy WOTY 2021. This was for their sweet dessert wine, Trentino Vino Santo DOC. You can read all about this here. However, as we’ll see, this isn’t the only terrific wine they make. Thanks to their Vènt Project, there are several new wine stars, all …

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Castello di Querceto and their Gran Selezione wines

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Castello di Querceto

Castello di Querceto and their Gran Selezione wines Castello di Querceto was a founder member of the Chianti Classico consorzio, back in 1924. When heading south from Florence, Greve in Chianti is the first town on the Chiantigiana wine road and the gateway to the Classico region. Nearby is Castello di Querceto. This beautiful wine estate makes wines of high reputation, together …

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42 – Life, the Universe and Everything

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42 – Life, the Universe and Everything In 2021, Wine Alchemy published 42 new articles. Q: Why 42? A: Well, it’s the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything.* I bet you still haven’t read them all. Who would? But just in case you wanted to, here they all are, in order of publication. Just click the …

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Vino Santo from Cantina Toblino – WOTY 2021

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Vino Santo Cantina Toblino

Vino Santo from Cantina Toblino – WOTY 2021 The Wine Alchemy WOTY (Wine of the Year) 2021 is the extraordinary Trentino Vino Santo DOC 2004 from Cantina Toblino. A worthy winner As usual, the Wine Alchemy WOTY is an exceptional wine. It’s also sustainable and available to buy in the UK. There were plenty of close contenders! Sweet wines make …

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Gon Out Backson Bisy Backson – a temporary notice

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Gon Out Backson Bisy Backson

Gon Out Backson Bisy Backson – a temporary notice Gon Out Backson Bisy Backson, on a notice pinned to the door. “Bother!’ said Rabbit, “He’s gone out.” He went back to the green front door, just to make sure, and he was turning away, feeling that his morning had got all spoilt, when he saw a piece of paper on …

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Lincolnshire is a wine-producing county too

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Lincolnshire - Medieval Bishop's Palace Vineyard - © Stuart Frost, used with permission

Lincolnshire is a wine-producing county too. As many will know, English and Welsh wine has become a fantastic success, and our isles can now boast 178 wineries and 800 vineyards. Meanwhile, Lincolnshire, England’s second-largest county, is devoted to farming and fishing. As a result, it produces over 20% of Britain’s food and has an enviable food culture to match. But do …

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