Archive for December, 2013

English Wines for New Year’s Eve

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English Wines for New Year’s Eve

Friends are cooking this evening and have asked me to bring a bottle of fizz and some dessert wine and now it’s time to choose which wines it should be. A quote from Susy Atkins is brought to mind: “The Cellar door (is) the best and most enjoyable way of shopping for wine… do try it – it’s […]

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Pairing films with English wine

Filed in Musings, Wines Tasted by on December 30, 2013 0 Comments
Pairing films with English wine

OK, so it’s more usual to pair food and wine, but in between the eating and socialising of the festive period, I think there’s something rather nice about curling up on the sofa with a good film. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a glass of English wine at the same time, so here are my thoughts on a couple of […]

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Merry Christmas from English Wine Lovers

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Merry Christmas from English Wine Lovers

There was only one place to go for the English Wine Lovers Christmas Drinks and that was the Wine Pantry pop-up shop. Just next door to the original shop in Borough Market, Julia Stafford has made a cosy space with bubbling hot toddy as well as beers and the occasional glass of wine. There were […]

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A crianza reserva, an ice wine and a mystery wine – all from Mallorca

Filed in Restaurants, Vineyards, Wines Tasted by on December 17, 2013 0 Comments
A crianza reserva, an ice wine and a mystery wine – all from Mallorca

Because of the many similarities between the English and Mallorcan wine industries, I think it’s well within the “one-degree of separation” rule of English Wine Lovers to devote a post to the standout wines I tasted in just one day during a recent trip to Mallorca. The morning started with a trip up the mountains. Any time we […]

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Does the marketing of wines from Mallorca contain ideas for English winemakers?

Filed in Musings by on December 15, 2013 0 Comments
Does the marketing of wines from Mallorca contain ideas for English winemakers?

So there I was in a smallish country, where wine has been made since time immemorial. There’s a historic reputation of poor quality, but a groundswell of really rather good winemakers starting to win international trophies, yet even the natives of that country are largely unaware of the good things going on and of the very good wines […]

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Madeleine is a lady who rewards being wooed

Filed in Wines Tasted by on December 5, 2013 0 Comments
Madeleine is a lady who rewards being wooed

After all my jaunts around the country discovering English wines, it was back to tasting with friends at the Early Swirlers wine group in Guildford last week. Since our former prof, the eminent Michael Schmidt, returned to Germany, we’ve taken it in turns to educate and entertain one another with blind tastings. I confess to having […]

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