Rekindling the Romance

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They fell in love at first sight. He loved her because she was young, beautiful with a marked irreverent streak, which in full flow...

Michelangelo and a Glass of Chianti

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According to the BBC online life calculator, I’ll probably live until I am 83. If I was a woman, 85. If I had been...

A Christmas Dinner

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It was not long before I heard the large front door slamming shut, the sound of the heavy, cast-iron knocker echoing around the vast...

How To Taste Wine Like A Pro

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Its 8:30 on a very cold morning. I am not looking forward to tasting thirty or forty heavy red wines all before lunch. More...

Not Your Grandmother’s Sherry

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October can be a wonderful time to explore Andalucía. The crowds have disappeared, hotel prices are reasonable once more, and bars and restaurants eager...

Sancerre’s Sauvignons

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If I had been asked what regions like Ribera del Duero, Champagne and Sancerre have in common, I suspect I would have answered that...

The Sommelier

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Jamie Fraser, settling down for his first night of incarceration in one of Her Majesty’s bleaker prisons, wondered how things might have turned out...

Cooking with Wine: A Brief Guide

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All of us enjoy food and wine. I am of course assuming that if you don’t like wine it’s unlikely that you would be...

Your Own Wine Collection

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Many people who enjoy wine will have at some time or another have thought about starting a wine collection or ‘having a wine cellar’...

Marvellous Manzanilla

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  I am old enough to remember when the border with Spain closed. I had just got my first passport and used to pop over...