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In early June I visited the wine regions of Germany with a group of fellow Independent Merchants - including representatives from Corks Out in Manchester and Connolly's of Birmingham - as well as Melania Bellesini, Head Sommelier at Heston Blumental's Fat Duck Restaurant. We were the guests of Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies, the UK's leading importer of premium German wines.
As a lover of wine and food I'm all for the classic food and wine pairings for example, mussels and Muscadet, steak and Malbec or fish and chips with Champagne (seriously you've got to try it). However sometimes you just don't want to cook and there's nothing better than a good packet of crisps when you're watching a movie, so why can't you eat crisps and enjoy wine AT THE SAME TIME? Here are my top ten wine and crisp pairings.
If I could only drink one grape variety for the rest of my life It would have to be Riesling. It's the most diverse and complex white grape with vibrant acidity and tantalising fruit.
When you think of German Riesling you may automatically think of Alan Partridge ordering half a bottle of Blue Nun or you may think about the copious amounts of Black Tower you would guzzle because it was sweet and didn't really taste like wine. *For disclosure, I am too young to remember guzzling Black Tower, in my day it was all about Cactus Jack Apple Schnapps... urgh*
Those of you who know me will know that I absolutely love finding new and exciting things to try, whether it be food and drink or even a new sporting venture (more to follow, keep your eyes peeled). So, you can imagine my wine-nerdy excitement when I discovered what are now three of my absolute favourite grape varieties: Carménère, Tannat and Bonarda.
A guide to wines from Chile with food pairing suggestions
'Twas the night before Christmas and the Champagne flutes clink, such a magical time ...but what do I drink?
It's that time of the year where over indulgence is acceptable that extra glass of wine or two is encouraged, but with so many drink options and plenty of festive treats available what's the best tipple for you to enhance that much deserved Christmas joy?
So, it turns out my first blog was somewhat of a success! Having very little academic interest in my school years led me to believe that writing wasn’t for me, but as it happens if you have a passion for what you’re writing about then it can be rather enjoyable.
Having deliberated over what my next subject would be I reached the decision to tackle Cuban cigars. Why is Cuba the first name most think of when the word cigar comes up? Is there something that sets Cuba apart from the rest?
In my student days, the concept of ‘leftover wine’ was, I have to say, utterly foreign to me. Any wine in the house was gone in a matter of hours, and I’m afraid I would have read an article like this one with utter derision.
In his blog, The Oxford Wine Company's newest recruit Thomas Fowler makes his first foray into the world of Cigar smoking.
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