White Wines & Fish for the RNLI

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is such an amazing charity – entirely funded by donations, their crews set sail without a thought for their own safety, often in dreadful weather whilst the rest of us are tucked up on the sofa at home. In order for them to be equipped to cope with the challenges […]

Hambledon Wine Festival

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Take one Sunny, Summer’s Sunday morning. Add in a beautiful setting, the Hampshire Countryside at its best, butterflies fluttering through the vines, bees buzzing on the lavender plants and a sparkling white marquee. Stir in a judicious selection of wines and delicious local foods and you have Hambledon Wine Festival which took place this weekend! […]

Lea & Sandeman Italian Tasting

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The start of the year are busy tasting months in the wine trade – it seems like there is one every day at times and some of them featuring so many wines that it can be quite overwhelming – especially for the palate! How perfect it was to attend the Italian Tasting of Lea & […]

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Wines Of Chile

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If someone mentions Chile – what image does this evoke for you? Rolling waves of the Pacific Ocean, icy glaciers in deepest Patagonia, Lakes & Volcanoes, the Atacama Desert or the enigmatic statues of Easter Island? Whichever, it’s a safe bet that the picture that leaps to mind was not a swelteringly hot room in […]

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Bordeaux Châteaux Wine Tour

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For many wine lovers, especially those with traditional tastes, Bordeaux is the pinnacle of all wine regions to visit and somewhere that I have been visiting the vineyards and estates  for 18 years. So where better to escort the first Wine Tour that I organised under the banner of my own company, Love Wine Food than […]

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The Sunday Times Wine Club Vintage Festival

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A glorious sunny but freezing Saturday morning in April – what better way to give the day a lift by going along to a wine tasting that started with a snifter of Rosé from English star producers Ridgeview – swiftly followed by a glass of Krug and as a comparison another taster of Dom Perignon! […]

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New Zealand Wine

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New Zealand – One of the most beautiful countries to visit, with unspoilt landscapes  and whose vineyards  are the source of some of the most impressive of New World Wines.   This week, I had the pleasure of attending the New Vintage Release tasting in London. I tried to ignore the huge posters of the All […]

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Wine Festival Winchester 2015

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Last weekend saw the second edition of the Wine Festival in Winchester – brain child of Susie Barrie and Peter Richards. Not only both holders of the prestigious MW (Master of Wine) qualification (there are only 340 of them in the world!) but also married and local to Winchester. Last year saw the inaugural Festival […]