Cricket: Calypso clamourin the court of Lara the king: How did it feel to be an Englishman in the packed stands at Port of Spain? Robert Winder reports

IN TRINIDAD, they like having a good laugh at the English. 'You wouldn't ask English man to sing Calypso,' said the radio, 'and you wouldn't expect English man to wolf down hot pepper . . . but you can trust English man to make a good cup of tea.' Over the top, a cartoon-posh English voice goes 'I say, frightfully good, smashing, spiffing, I say.'

WINE / Grapevine

GRENACHE (or, in Spanish, Garnacha) is a non-U grape. At best, it's middle-class in the South of France, but distinctly working-class in Spain, where it grows almost everywhere. Indeed, thanks to the enormous acreage in Spain, there are more Grenache vines than any other red vine in the world. The Spaniards are working away to replace it with the trendier Tempranillo vine, ignoring the fact that Garnacha/Grenache can make great wines as well as plonk. A little care in vineyard and cellar, and Grenache gives brilliant roses, fruity young reds, and meaty reds that can develop for years.

Food and Drink: There are no winners in the beaujolais race: Old-fashioned price-cutting is the 'new' way of getting the juices flowing, says Anthony Rose

Juicy, gulpable and thirst- quenching, beaujolais nouveau at its best is one of God's gifts to the pre-Christmas party season, a liquid celebration of the first fruits of the new vintage. With its timely arrival on the third Thursday in November, what better opportunity for the wine trade to treat nouveau as the clarion-call to Christmas indulgence? More's the pity, then, that the novelty has worn thin.

TRAVEL / On the road to Rouen: Setting off for the ancient capital of Normandy, Jill Crawshaw is diverted by the rich, rumpled landscape of the little-known Pays-de-Bray. She samples the 'larder of Paris', as it is known, and suggests short breaks to savour more of a delicious region

IT WAS with vague plans of tackling Rouen that we set out on our latest Normandy break, only to be delayed after the first overnight stop by the autumn sunshine in the little market town of Aumale. The guide books didn't tell us much other than that this was a dairy centre and that one of its counts was a brother-in-law of William the Conqueror, whose name is dropped in Normandy almost as often as Shakespeare's in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Cellar yield

Thieves stole more than 1,200 bottles of vintage port and wine valued at pounds 15,000 from cellars at Eton College, Berkshire.

Sailing: Plainly a day for Spain as Galicia is first into port: Fastnet Race sees the dinosaurs trailing while Germans make late run on Australia in Admiral's Cup

PLYMOUTH does not hold the happiest of memories for Spanish sailors but there was celebration and consternation for Spain yesterday as their Whitbread 60, Galicia '93 Pescanova, won the Fastnet Race while their maxi, Fortuna, trailed embarassingly.

FOOD & DRINK / A-Z of Treats: Jelly

J is for jelly, continuing our alphabet of sweet indulgences - port jelly, madeira jelly or claret jelly.

Obituary: Julio Gallo

Julio Gallo, wine-maker: born San Joaquin Valley, California 1910; married (one son, one daughter); died Tracy, California 2 May 1993.

Furious Danes fight own fish wars

YOU can see Sweden from the Danish town of Elsinore. From the ramparts of the fortress at Kronborg, which was the castle in Shakespeare's Hamlet, it is only a few miles away. But you couldn't get there yesterday.

The Traveller: Saved by the captain's red port wine: Five days on a sailing course in Devon put salt in Charles Oulton's veins and some useful ditties in his head

FOR the last 26 years, I have remembered Harry Roome, an old school friend, for two things: his ping-pong, which was rather good, and his sailing, which I thought was rather bad. When I was about 11, Harry took me sailing in a dinghy off Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, and when he finally got me back to land on that miserable, bitterly cold day, I swore I would never set foot in a boat again.

Prices that are easy to swallow

MY dear departed mother always said that only classy sales were worth bothering about. She could have been thinking of the fine wine market today, which offers bargains not seen for a generation or more.

Column Eight: Pick one up at the sales

THE JANUARY sales will offer a new feature. As well as cut-price suits, electrical goods and the standard consumer durables, cut-price houses will be on offer, courtesy of Harrods of Knightsbridge.

EC travellers still to face checks

CHECKS will still be made on some travellers arriving in Britain from European Community countries after the introduction of the single market on 1 January, Sir John Cope, the Paymaster General, said yesterday.

FOOD AND DRINK / Suggested cheese and wine combinations

BURGUNDY / PINOT NOIR: Excellent with Emmental, Gruyere and Munster; good with Caerphilly, Camembert, Chaume, Cheddar, Cheshire, Wensleydale, Cornish Yarg, L'Explorateur, goat's cheese and Reblochon; passable with Stilton.
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