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With each passing year, the Wines from Spain Awards throw up more variety and better quality across the board. Chosen from nearly 1,000 wines, the top awards demonstrate that while rioja is still a vital part of what Spain does well, there is so much more to the country’s wine today in style, in quality and in value. Spain in many ways is Europe’s greatest hope for a challenge to the New World dominance of the past two decades.

Wine: Something for the weekend?

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Wines of the week: Pablo Old Vine Garnacha 2011; Jour De Nuit Red 2012; Côte Mas Blanc 2011

Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy

Blueberries with zabaglione is a British version of the classic Italian
dessert

Blueberries with zabaglione

Serves 4

Don't ban 'rape porn' - introduce more porn with negotiation and boundary-setting

Banning rape porn will not make it go away, but send it underground where we are less able to observe the safety of performers

Otto's, 182 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1

Good things come to he who waits. He, in this case, being the most singular waiter one could hope to meet, says Amol Rajan.

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Pastilla aux fraises is a sweet version of the savoury Moroccan pie

Pastilla aux fraises

Serves 6

Break out the brights: The best eyeshadow pencils

Eye colour is often neglected during the daytime – not least because of the time-consuming application. But the ease of colouring in eyelids with a crayon should be too much to resist, even for the cosmetically challenged.

The 10 Best Mother's Day gifts

It's time to make her feel special with flowers, perfume, cupcakes – or even the latest in coffee-machine chic

Vanilla Ice has launched his own range of chandeliers

Bling it on: Vanilla Ice turns interior designer

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Anne Hathaway: I have no grit, no sex appeal

The actress speaks out about shaking off her 'good girl of Hollywood' image

April Bloomfield's soft oatmeal cookies

April's soft oatmeal cookies

Makes 16

Last Night's Viewing: Hebburn, BBC2
My Tattoo Addiction, Channel4

In one sense, there's not a lot in Hebburn that you haven't seen before. The essential dynamic of Jason Cook's warm and funny sitcom is unavoidably reminiscent of Gavin & Stacey – with young love leading to the introduction of an outsider into a close-knit Geordie family – and the fact that there are three generations under the one roof may also remind you of The Royle Family.

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