Monthly Archives: July 2011

  • There's more to Kiwi Fruit than Gooseberries

    Posted by Botrytis in Wines July 29, 2011

    New Zealand is one of the great success stories of new world wine making, having managed to position itself, right from the outset, as a producer of premium wine, commanding an average bottle price on the UK market, about £2 higher than either Australia or France. It has been, however, a bit of a one-trick…

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  • In The Land Of Peat

    Posted by Bacchus in Wines July 27, 2011

    Savouring the smoky depths of Caol Ila 12 year old the other day I was reminded of just why a peated Islay single malt is the outdoor drink par excellence. They immediately call to mind the ancient peat soils that make up this Scottish island and the wind-swept briny seas that surround it, with their…

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  • The Artisan

    Posted by Cerris in Wines July 22, 2011

    Concealed from the cartoon like storm outside, the Strawberry Blonde and I sat on a granny sofa in a trendy bar on Hanover street. He had arrived and stood in his very own soggy puddle, with his carefully crafted hair fronds now dripping into displeased eyes. I sat with his gifts of sandwich bags full…

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  • Whisky in a White Coat

    Posted by Botrytis in Wines July 20, 2011

    As well as being rather fond of fine alcoholic beverages, I also like my food, and have somewhat anorak-sic tendencies. A friend, who knows me well, recently bought me 'Cooking for Geeks' by Jeff Potter for my Birthday, which simultaneously, has made my mouth water, and want to assemble small electronic devices and source liquid…

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  • Italian Alfresco In An English Garden

    Posted by Bacchus in Wines July 15, 2011

    One day I would like to retire to a simple Tuscan villa overlooking the surrounding vineyards; a place where time and care could be forgotten for a few leisurely hours each day with family and friends coming together to revel in the delights of the table and share in great wine and conversation. It is…

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