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Cheap Italian Summer Quaffers

It's 30°c outside and I'm in the mood for a glass of wine. I've had plenty of water, don't fancy a beer and I don't want to spend a fortune on a bottle - where do I go?

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Exploring Wines in Provence

Exploring Wines in Provence

I have been lucky enough to spend a good part of this winter in Provence where I made it my mission to find out as much as I could about the region, it's food and it's wines. 

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Viognier

Viognier

It wasn't until recently that Viognier became mainstream in terms of it's popularity, mainly due to varietal description and easy to read labeling on New World wines.

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Gamay

Gamay

"What is it? Never heard of it."

That's what most people say when they see Gamay or hear Gamay mentioned but say "Beaujolais" and it's a different story. Most people don't know what Gamay is, how it should taste or how it's made.

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Food and Wine Pairing 101

I am forever being asked about Food Pairing and what wine goes well with this or that dish. I have had many frantic last minute texts from people in the wine store staring, like deer in headlights, at the rows of bottles trying to find something to go with a certain dish.

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Discovering Jurançon Wine

Discovering Jurançon Wine - In France’s Hidden Corner

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Chardonnay or Chard-Oh-Nay?

A person orders a glass of white wine in a bar but when offered a Chardonnay as the choice replies with "I'm not drinking that stuff" and asks instead fo

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Get the Floc out!

Getting the "Floc" out is a common occurrence in the South West of France.
I get the "Floc" out often although I'm pretty sure most French don't snigger like kids when they do, the joke just doesn't seem to grow old with me.

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Collecting and Cellaring Wine

"What's a good year?" I'm often asked about wine.
"Why?" I question.
"Because I want to buy some wine to lay down" I'm told.

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Plaimont Producers

I'm always up for a spot of wine tasting, plus I felt the need to visit a winemaking cooperative after writing Understanding Winemaking Cooperatives. So, this week I was pleased to be invited for a tour at Producteurs Plaimont here in Southwest Franc

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Buying Supermarket Wine

Buying Supermarket Wine - Folly or Fortune?

For most wine drinkers a trip to the local supermarket is suffici

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My friend Chenin Blanc

Let me introduce you to my friend Chenin Blanc.


Chenin is my favourite white wine so worthy of a mention (imo). Many of you will not know the name while others may already be acquainted with this little gem.

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White Wines. Are they Trendy or Taboo?

White Wines, are they Trendy or Taboo?

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