• Christmas Drinks From Uruguay

    Posted by Bacchus in Wines December 21, 2015

    Who knew? Uruguayan wines make an excellent choice for Christmas. The proximity of the Atlantic Ocean is a major influence on the style of wines from this South American country, and although they tend to have a richness and sweetness of fruit associated with the southern hemisphere, this is allied to a fine tannic and/or…

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  • Château and Caves of the Loire

    Posted by Bacchus in Wines October 4, 2015

    I’ve just come back from a ‘lads’ holiday in the Loire Valley, and boy was it good.  We drove all the way there and back, so it was a bit of an epic journey through sometimes tedious landscape, but as soon as we reached the Loire it was clear it was worth the effort. I…

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  • À la Recherche du Temps Grand Cru

    Posted by Botrytis in Wines August 19, 2015

    My first experience of fine wine was a Bordeaux. I can’t have been much more than 10 years old, and my family were visiting French friends in Brittany. My enduring memories of that holiday are all taste related. Fresh crab and lobster caught from our friend’s boat was the beginning of my long standing loathing…

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  • Everything Old Is New Again - The Vermouth Renaissance

    Posted by Balthazar in Wines August 12, 2015

    For a few of us vermouth was something you saw in your grandmother’s liquor cabinet amongst all those other long-forgotten drinks that she used to partake of when the clock struck a certain hour. Others will be more familiar with vermouth as an important ingredient in some classic cocktails such as the Martini, the Negroni…

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  • The Spirit of Father's Day

    Posted by Bacchus in Wines June 18, 2015

    This Sunday it’s Father’s Day, a celebration that has taken on more significance in recent years, partly because businesses have identified it as a key time to make some extra money and it is now advertised everywhere. Cynicism aside though, there is no reason why we shouldn’t remember what our Dads have done for us…

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