Life and Style

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.

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Serves 4

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Serves 8

Simply delicious: Skye Gyngell cooks with four of her favourite everyday ingredients

More than anything else, my cooking is produce-driven. At Petersham, we compose our menus daily once the fresh produce arrives and we know what is at its best. Beautiful ingredients will take a dish to new heights.

Black Forest coupe

Serves 4

Wine: Cahors blimey!

Was it only yesterday I was on holiday in Cahors in south-west France's Lot Valley? So it seems, but it was actually 10 years ago that I took myself there with a case of Châteauneuf-du-Pape just to be on the safe side. The local plonk might be OK for washing down everyday fare, but what if my friends and I fancied something decent to drink? Earlier this summer, I returned to the scene of my criminal lack of confidence to attend something rather grandiosely called the Journées Internationales du Malbec. It was three convivial days of discussion, tasting, wining and dining and I could scarcely believe the progress made by Cahors in the space of a decade.

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Nothing says summer more than the arrival of the first raspberries; blood-red in colour, tart and sweet at the same time, and deliciously velveteen in texture and appearance. The first batch of this lovely fruit should be eaten in the simplest way – put them in a bowl, drizzle over a little thick cream and a dusting of sugar – the gratifying flavour of an English summer in one simple dish.

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Maple syrup and pecan ice-cream

Serves 8

Amber nectar: Skye Gyngell adds a drop of maple syrup to dishes from curry to ice-cream

The warmer days and freezing nights of February and March are the key harvesting months for maple syrup, which means it's never fresher than right now.

Maple-syrup custard with rhubarb

Serves 6
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