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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.

Dorset blueberry trifle

Serves 4

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Elderflower buttermilk pudding with raspberries

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Peach Melba

Serves 4

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Rhubarb jelly with vanilla ice cream

Rhubarb jelly with vanilla ice cream.

Victoria sponge

This is Fiona Cairns' all-in-one version of the classic Victoria sponge and I must say it works a treat – but you must ensure the butter is very, very soft. You can vary the filling if you wish; try adding ingredients such as lemon or cocoa for a slightly different flavour.

Winter rhubarb ice-cream

Serves 8

Roasted quince

Serves 4

Clementine Sherbet

Serves 4

Nicholas Lezard: Cloudy, with the risk of confusion

How exciting! A new-style weather forecast for the PM programme on Radio 4. A nation is gripped. Here's what's different: fewer quips, a back-to-basics approach modelled on the shipping forecast, and even a map on the PM website so that people who are unsure of where north-east England is can finally put their finger on it. (I was reminded, by this last detail, of the grid printed each week in Radio Times in the 1920s and 1930s whereby listeners could work out which part of the pitch the ball was in when listening to football matches. It's where we get the phrase "back to square one". But it still got dropped, because it was so irritating.)

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Serves 4

Baked rice pudding

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Orange, vanilla and rosewater cake

Serves 8

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