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Her Outdoors: Chateau Merrers, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Chateau Merrers

A silly label, I know. I don’t really have a Chateau with a vineyard, but I do have a grapevine and it is one of my life’s ambitions to make my own wine. When I was first offered an allotment in April last year, there were three choices of plot. Only one was completely overgrown [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Saturday, 28 June 2014 at 7:46 pm

Dish of the day: How to … choose wine, Dish of the Day

Dish of the day: How to … choose wine

We don’t only do cocktails, we’re also partial to the occasional glass of wine. But like many people, we get daunted by the choice out there, so we asked Beth Willard, Wine Buyer at Laithwaite’s for her top tips when it comes to buying wine that won’t break the bank.

By | Dish of the Day | Thursday, 6 March 2014 at 4:18 pm

Dish of the Day: How to… buy your drinks like an expert, Dish of the Day

Dish of the Day: How to… buy your drinks like an expert

Have you pushed your trolley down the drinks aisle in the supermarket recently? Or even more bewildering than that, have you tried squaring up to the enormity of products available at the specialist drinks shops? If so, you don’t need us to tell you it’s like a minefield out there. So many enticing bottles, so [...]

By | Dish of the Day | Monday, 11 November 2013 at 3:52 pm

Dish of the Day: How to order wine like a pro, Dish of the Day

Dish of the Day: How to order wine like a pro

How do you feel when the waiter hands you a wine list in a restaurant? A rush of joy? Or like most people, like you’ve been handed your friend’s troublesome baby to look after for the duration of the meal? For most it can feel like a responsibility they don’t want or need.

By | Dish of the Day | Tuesday, 26 February 2013 at 1:13 pm

What can we expect from the 2012 wine harvest?, Notebook

What can we expect from the 2012 wine harvest?

The news this week that we can expect a world wine drought on the back of 2012’s inclement weather would have obviously brought an initial feeling of dismay to many who like a glass or two of good plonk.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Thursday, 1 November 2012 at 6:19 pm

Beer: Windsor’s finest shake off Jubilee snub, Notebook

Beer: Windsor’s finest shake off Jubilee snub

It seems like half of the breweries in Britain have produced a new beer for the occasion – or, at the very least, re-badged an old one in order to capture some of the Jubilee frenzy. Nor can those in charge claim to have been taken by surprise by the volume of celebratory brews: it’s an old tradition. British brewers have been marking big Royal occasions with special beers for many generations.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Friday, 1 June 2012 at 8:32 am

‘French beer is unknown. We must change that’, Notebook

‘French beer is unknown. We must change that’

Stereotypes die hard. ‘The Very Hungry Frenchman’, the BBC’s current television series following chef Raymond Blanc as he scoffs his way around his native land, demonstrates just how committed the British are to thinking of France in a certain way: good food, joie de vivre, Citroen 2CVs. This is the land where everyone appreciates a [...]

By | Notebook | Friday, 17 February 2012 at 8:50 am

Beer: A little local deity, Notebook

Beer: A little local deity

There are few concepts quite as French as that of terroir. This idea – which, to put it as simply as humanly possible, suggests wine has a unique character dictated by the spot in which the grapes were grown – is both fanciful and beguiling, and thus deadly when it enters the head of the [...]

By | Notebook | Friday, 3 February 2012 at 8:51 am

The Englishman at the heart of America’s beer revolution, Notebook

The Englishman at the heart of America’s beer revolution

Britain’s “Special Relationship” with the US may exist largely in the minds of our politicians, but in the world of beer it’s as real as taxes. Consider the evidence. They took our classic beer styles – pale ale, porter, stout, India Pale Ale – and sent them back to us, with extra hops added. British [...]

By | Notebook | Friday, 25 November 2011 at 8:40 am

Garrett Oliver: ‘Beer now is a 20-way street’, Notebook

Garrett Oliver: ‘Beer now is a 20-way street’

Garrett Oliver, editor of the recently-released Oxford Companion to Beer, has been here, there and, indeed, everywhere in the past few weeks promoting the book. Today’s Independent carries a profile of him but the limitations of print meant there was plenty of interesting stuff that got left out – so it has [...]

By | Notebook | Friday, 18 November 2011 at 10:47 am

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