2011 Llebre Tinto, Costers del Segre
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Tuesday 06 December 2011
Life on Marsden
Sunday 04 December 2011
Don't leave anything to chance! The key to a successful festive season is military planning, says our wine expert.
Saturday 26 November 2011
Wines of the week: Domaine Des Vieilles Caves Chénas 2009; Gran Sangre de Toro 2007; Bordière Nord 2010
Sunday 13 November 2011
Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy
Saturday 12 November 2011
Saturday 05 November 2011
What to do
Friday 04 November 2011
Most of us can follow a recipe. But how do professionals know instinctively to put certain ingredients together? Maria Elia takes Samuel Muston on a creative journey
Anthony Rose: 'The New World is focusing on terroir, while the French are putting the grape variety on the label'
Saturday 15 October 2011
It took a while for Arthur van Hoogstraten, who 'won' me at the last Independent charity auction, and I, to sync diaries. After scanning the options, Arthur plumped for the tasting of Clark Foyster (clarkfoysterwines.co.uk) followed by a seminar on terroir with the Plaimont Co-operative. I was delighted because Clark Foyster is a member of the new Dirty Dozen group I recently mentioned and only sells wines that its affable managing director, Lance Foyster MW, believes in. I'm also an admirer of the Plaimont Co-operative for its pioneering stance on Gascon dry whites and its enlightened re-introduction of South-West France's indigenous grape varieties.
Wines of the week: Château Léoube Rosé 2010; Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Barbaresco DOCG 2008; Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2010 Monte Schiavo
Sunday 21 August 2011
Wines of the week: Tribaut Brut Cuvée de Réserve; Miguel Torres Brut NV; Château Moncontour Sparkling Vouvray 2009
Sunday 14 August 2011
Wines of the week: Château de Segure Fitou 2007; Raimat Abadia Rosé 2010; Ken Forrester Reserve Chenin Blanc 2009
Sunday 31 July 2011
Thursday 28 July 2011
If you ask me I believe that, as a nation, we need to sit down and decide what we think about "ripe and ready" fruit as sold by the supermarkets at a premium. You may consider this a trivial matter. You may say there are more important things happening in the world. You may even add: "I'm a busy person and do not have time for this. I'm going to turn to the stock market reports and then shout: 'SELL COPPER!' at somebody". Which is fair enough, but if I had to reply I would reply with this: "Do you really want to be the sort of person who sells copper while all manner of soft fruits are running circles round you, and having the last laugh? Do you?"
Thursday 28 July 2011
If you ask me...
Anthony Rose: 'Vin de France is a new affordable category that makes it easier for French wine to compete with the New World'
Saturday 16 July 2011
In the dead of a German winter, three English wine writers sat round a table in an Italian restaurant discussing French wine. The start of a joke? Actually it was the end of one, the punchline being the French authorities' refusal to allow its more humble wines to use the name of their grape variety. A new French wine category, Vin de France, was born last year and we were being asked to road-test it with a group of German colleagues in order to make a selection for June's Vinexpo, the giant wine fair in Bordeaux.
Wines of the week: Bertani Sereole Soave 2010; Open now, Domaine Hegarty Chamans 2008; Marques de Alarcon Rosado 2010
Sunday 10 July 2011
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
David Starkey 'tells Amal Clooney to shut up and stop over-promoting human rights'
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