Anthony Rose: There are too many rosés on the shelves which are past their sell-by dates. Give 2006s a wide berth

Thanks to the cornucopia of rosés on sale in the shops these days, there's no need to blend a red and a white together any more to obtain the desired pink colour. On the other hand, the very proliferation of rosés makes it less clear exactly what you're getting. Yes, it's pink all right, that much we know, but its very pinkness is a cunning disguise. Behind the simple word pink lurks not just a palette of hues of which Dulux would be proud, but a mind-numbing variety of wine styles, not to mention of varying quality.

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Crispin Black says that the main terrorist threats to the UK emanate from Pakistan and radicalised British Pakistanis ("The doubts about our mission that refuse to go away", 26 July). That is because the presence of Nato forces in Afghanistan prevents the Taliban from regaining power and once again acting as the main base for al-Qa'ida. If ever that did happen we would be faced with a very different type of situation.

Wild strawberry trifle

Serves 4

Cleve West: Combine harvesters head for the Garden Museum

Prepare for traffic chaos around the Lambeth Bridge area of London later this year as combine harvesters head for the Garden Museum. A wheat field has been planted there to celebrate the grow-your-own revolution sweeping the nation, and the museum's curator, Christopher Woodward, is hoping for enough flour to bake commemorative bread to mark the occasion. "Field" may be a slight exaggeration and a pair of secateurs will probably be the only tool needed come harvest, but whatever comes of it, the message is that gardening has re-discovered its roots. "Of course the field is symbolic, and even if we only get enough flour to make a croissant I'll be happy," said Woodward, who is eager to flag up the shift in gardening trends. "Our aim is simply to capture the garden zeitgeist."

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Strawberry and white port trifle

Serves 4

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This is a lovely summer aperitif – it looks elegant, tastes delicate and is a lovely way to begin a meal.

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Strawberries are the perfect match for Wimbledon, and Brits certainly love to eat them: £375m-worth were sold in the UK last year. If you're heading to the supermarket to buy a punnet or two this weekend, you could find that you're faced with a choice of standard, premium and organic varieties, sometimes with very different price tags.

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Strawberry sponge

Serves 10

Red alert: Skye Gyngell's strawberry desserts

Skye Gyngell can't keep her fingers out of the punnets at Petersham, where beautifully ripened English strawberries go into everything from cakes to sorbets

Strawberries and cream

Serves 6
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