Posts Tagged ‘France’

French wine that’s très down to earth….

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

If you find wines from France a bit of a mind field then this Syrah-Viognier from micro-négociant Nicolas Perrin is a great introduction to where contemporary French winemakers are heading. Très down-to-earth in it’s approachability this is a traditional blend from the Rhône Valley made in a full and fruity New World style. Predominately Syrah (aka Shiraz) it’s ripe with purple fruit characters, violets and black cherry. A splash of Viognier is mixed in the blend (typical of Rhône reds) which adds a fresh and floral touch to a wine I could happily drink day in, day out.


Eton Vintners, Windsor (etonvintners.co.uk) RRP £10.95

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Pancake day: life is sweet….

Friday, February 8th, 2013
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Now that Baby Bouquet has arrived I’m intrigued to watch which of my pregnancy cravings continue and which dry up. Judging by the number of biscuits I’ve consumed in the last 9 days my sweet tooth is here to stay which is great because with pancake day & Valentine’s day just round the corner I’ve got two great excuses to continue to indulge in all things sugary. ………
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Reassuringly expensive vs suspiciously cheap….

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Where’s the line between good value and suspiciously cheap? These are two questions I wish I’d asked myself in detail before handing over money to the builders we’ve employed to refit our bathroom. Of the quotes we got it was hard not to be lured by the most affordable, especially when they came recommended by friends. Now in week three of a one week job we’re still without a bathroom and I can’t help thinking Mr B and I have been screwed. ………

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In the pink…..

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

The sun is shining and my freckles are out so it can only mean one thing…. I’m not in the UK!! I’m on a short but well needed holiday in Portugal. It’s not all pleasure play I’m not far from Sir Cliff Richard’s winery and my curiosity couldn’t resist a pit stop, more on that later. For now though the sun is out, the fridge is stocked with rose and in the words of Sir Cliff “we’re all going on a summer holiday” so here are my top tips for drinking rose this summer, it’s better late than never: ………

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Wine: good for you, bad for you….

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

A recent article online introduced me to the ‘imbibing idiot bias.’ Have you heard of it? From my research it’s not a new phenomenon, it’s quite a common reference used in the U.S. It basically gives a name to the ‘unconscious’ perception we place on people we see drinking alcohol to be dumber than their abstaining pals or colleagues. Studies have been done on the subject (obviously there is money to burn somewhere!) that advises that the ‘imbibing idiot bias’ is most detrimental during job interviews where candidates that chose a glass of wine with their meal are seen as less hireable than those that didn’t.

Even in my line of work I’m surprised how few interviews I’ve been asked to involve tasting wine – whether over dinner or otherwise. Maybe my wine exam results speak for themselves or perhaps, ironically, more wine is consumed in other professions! ………

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International Syrah Day, you say..??

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Matching wine with a national event of the week is fast becoming the default tool for uninspired wine writers. My favourite last month was national BBQ week, particularly irrelevant considering the weather, and my favourite next month has to be National Left Handers Month and European Bat Weekend. I kid you not!

The wine trade have got in on the act too, if it’s not International Grenache Day then its World Malbec Day, and what happened to National Wine Month?? Then there was Murray Mania and a football frenzy fortnight, the list goes on but the creativity does not. I’m as excited as any Londoner about London 2012 but as I brace myself for the onslaught of wine related sport articles to come, linking wine with The Games feels as obscure to me as the fast food giants sponsoring the greatest sporting event on earth. ………

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