Scrumptious stuff from the Middle East!

I recently attended a tasting of wines devoted to the less well known vine-growing parts of the world, including Japan, India, Brazil and, of all places Lebanon! Domaine des Tourelles is amongst the longest-established and most highly acclaimed wineries in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. Founded in 1868 by French adventurer François-Eugène Brun the property was the […]

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Wines of the Week

We’re in Australia this week, South Australia to be precise, for two superb value wines with origins over a century apart. Bob and Cherie Berton established their winery in 1996 with 75 acres of land on gently rolling hills in a sub-region of the beautiful Eden Valley, a short drive north-east of Adelaide. In 2007 […]

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A couple of crackers!

We’re back in the Old World again for this week’s first recommendation; Sicily to be precise – an island whose winemaking history goes back to the 8th century BC, even before the arrival of the Greeks. Until quite recently the overwhelming proportion of its output was either the fortified and usually sweet Marsala or tanker-loads […]

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Wines of the Week

 This week I’m concentrating on wines from Australia; South Australia to be precise. At one time or another I’ve worked at various wineries around the state and I can honestly say that not only are the locals some of the most friendly, welcoming and down to earth people you could meet, they also enjoy living […]

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Colchester Gazette Astute Wine Club

I’m constantly impressed by the sheer variety and quality of wine coming out of Spain these days. The time when all you could find on the wine merchants’ shelves were Sherry and Rioja are long gone and regions such as Rueda, Ribera del Duero and Jumilla are producing world class wines that are definitely worth […]

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New cult beer from Western Australia!

Fintry Wines is now a retailer of the hugely fashionable and ‘uber-trendy’ new beer to hit these shores from Fremantle in Western Australia. Little Creatures Pale Ale is a 5.2% abv beer which is rapidly gaining a following over here. Produced in a former crocodile farm, this is what the makers have to say about […]

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Wine Spectator – ‘Smart Buy’.. .

Another recommendation for this cracking little number from the southern Rhone – the Americans love it! “This broad, gutsy red delivers lots of mouthfilling plum, blackberry, roasted fig, bramble, smouldering tobacco and warm stone notes. Dark and dense through the finish, but well-delineated. Drink now through 2016.” J.M Available now – just £8.49

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