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’Tis the season for Champagne

’Tis the season for Champagne

Wine: For most of us Champagne is a luxury item to be saved for special occasions. Christmas can be one of those occasions

Bargain cellars

Wine: THERE has been much in the press about how much the UK's Big Four supermarket chains have suffered at the hands of Aldi and Lidl; so I thought it would be of interest to see what these two chains are offering

Sips with the Swiss

Wine: ONE of the exciting things about wine - as I have said before - is that there is always something new to learn about it. This was brought home to me forcefully when I spent five days in Switzerland recently

Organic, naturally

Wine: Professor Peter Giancola at the University of Kentucky concluded that "The more religious one is, the more aggressive one will become after drinking alcohol"

Bargain brands

Wine: THERE are some names that just make me shudder, and, in the world of drink, one of them is "bargain booze". My dictionary describes "booze", as a verb, as "to drink alcoholic liquor, esp. to excess."

Deadly intruder

Wine:  PHYLLOXERA VASTATRIX sounds as though she might have been a female equivalent of Attila the Hun. In her own way, however, she devastated a much larger slice of the world, across six continents. It is a small aphid, native to the east coast of the United States, which lives by eating vine-roots.

Regal offerings

Wine: OVER the past few years, the middle ground seems to have disappeared in the wine trade. At the one end, the power of the supermarkets has been consolidated; at the other, a number of fine independent wine stores have sprung up. Threshers, Unwins, and Augustus Barnett have all bitten the dust.

Save your money

Wine: The message that is coming back is that one should not invest too much money in 2013 vintage claret: the quality overall is varied, and on the whole the wines are lightweights.

Brazilian arrival

Wine: IN A number of ways, we have never had it so good as far as drinking wine is concerned. In the UK, the range of wines available is phenomenal.

Screw-top versus box

Wine: GIVEN the recent reports that suggested that wine had played too important a part in the social life of a certain Merseyside parish, I have a certain hesitancy in writing about which wines to choose for church functions.

Good with shrimp

Wine: ONE of the last bottles of wine that I opened in 2013 was a Spanish white wine from a region that I have never visited. It came from the Ribeiro district in north-west Spain, and was, for me, one of the outstanding wines of the year. 

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