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Explore the Diverse Wines of Italy
One small consolation of “lockdown” has been the opportunity to try lots of different wines. Much as we all have our own favourites, it is most rewarding to try and discover something new and different. This is especially the case when so many parts of the world keep churning out very similar mass market wines often made by or in consultation with “travelling” wine makers. Sauvignon Blanc is now the biggest selling white wine in the UK and pretty well every country grows this grape varietal…
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Gymkhana Wine Pairing
The wonderfully varied tastes and flavours of these dishes requires big fresh flavours in a wine to work well. The classic pairing with the spicy hot byriani dish made with the delicious muntjac deer is a rich Alsace white. I have chosen the most powerful and somewhat spicy grape, Gewurztraminer, and a medium dry wine with a touch of residual sugar which counters and compliments the hotter spices, but also works well with the milder dishes. The Pierre Brecht Gewurztraminer 2016 from Laithwaites…
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Brigadiers Wine Pairing
The delicious gently spicy dishes and variety of the Brigadiers “mixed grill” can either be best matched with a hoppy fresh beer, or a bright fresh white wine. For those who insist on a red as well, a gutsy Aussie red works really well with the lamb, but I have chosen one with some freshness to also match the richness of the dish. The ideal beer, is in fact a Germanic or even Pilser style lager. Made with Bavarian yeast and the mouth cleansing saphi hops, Brewdog’s Unfiltered Lost Lager is…
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Bar Douro Wine Pairing
It was a delight to see that Max Graham, son of Jonny Graham, had started a proper Bar for good Portuguese food in the City. His father Jonny set up Churchill Port in the 1970s when Graham’s Port, the family business, was acquired by their close associates in the Douro, the Symington family who also own, amongst others, Dows Port and Warres. The ideal aperitif and refreshing drink when it’s hot, like it often is in the Douro, is chilled white Port and tonic, often with a sprig of mint. Quite…
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LEON Love Burger Review
Finish-at-Home meal kits have become a bit of a craze over the last 12 months, the devastating impact of Covid-19 on the hospitality industy being one of the biggest drivers. There is something very exciting about being able to enjoy your favourite restaurants from home and by preparing some of it yourself, you retain the freshness you'd get if you were really there! When I heard about the LEON LOVe Burger and Fries kit for 2, i knew I had to try it. This is a vegan meal kit and as someone very…
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Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill Wine Pairing
I suppose Bentleys oysters are about as iconic as you can get in London. I have been popping into Swallow Street for a dozen or half dozen since the early 1970’s during the season with an “r" in the month. What a wonderful idea for Saint Valentines Day, there is nothing more romantic than to share a dozen (or two) if wonderfully fresh unopened oysters in the height of the season with the one you love. May I respectfully suggest that the bottle of Piper Heidsieck Champagne be drunk as an…
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Galvin la Chapelle Wine Pairing
The Classic cooking from Galvin requires Classic wines. For his Saint Valentine’s Day menu, I guess you must start with a romantic glass of Pink Champagne. Most of the Grande Marques great Champagne Houses have a pink Champagne these day, but always far more expensive that their regular white fizz. I don’t know why, unless it is marketing costs, as it really doesn’t cost that much more to make! There is, however, a wonderful value pink Champagne in Majestic Wine, which they have stocked for…
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The Enjoyment of Lower Alcohol Wines
By Master of Wine, Christopher Burr 15/01/2021 With lockdown it is tempting and enjoyable to open a few more bottles than normal. But I have found that this increased frequency of consumption is so much better if the alcohol levels are not up there at 14-15% which is increasingly the norm. Put it down to global warming, but more likely winemakers ability to grow much riper grapes. If you prefer lower levels of alcohol, which frankly I do, there has been a lot of de-alcoholised wines appearing…
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The Ultimate Guide to Valentines Wines 2021
By Master of Wine, Christopher Burr 28/01/2021 Saint Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, so what better day to have a special lunch and to choose a special bottle or two to share with the one you love? Grab this stunning bottle on Amazon for just £11.99. If you're a Prime customer you'll get free delivery and could be enjoyng it as soon as tomorrow! Why not make up a Kir Royale for some extra indulgence? Simply add a splash of say 10ml of cassis to the bottom of the glass then top up…
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Artigiano Wines Offer - Save up to 27%
An Exclusive promotion in association with WinesDirect.com: Master of Wine Christopher Burr has sourced 4 fantastic wines available now from Artigiano Shop. We are extremely proud to present these special bottles to our members, with discounted prices for you to take advantage of. This is a rare chance to take home some truly wonderful bottles – whilst stocks last. Here’s what Christopher Burr, MW has to say: Through this incredibly difficult climate, in the midst of the Covid-19 Crisis we…
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Great Value Sherry you should be drinking right now!
By Master of Wine, Christopher Burr 15/01/2021 Many of you may remember the days of cheap sweet Sherry, served in ghastly glasses called schooners to make the measure look bigger! The sherry was most often not from Spain where “real” Sherry comes from, named after the town where most of it is made south of Seville, in Jerez. The name Sherry being an anglicized version. Most cheap sherry back in the 1950’s through to the 1980’s came from Commonwealth countries like Australia, a brand called…
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Chris Burr on Christmas Port
Port wine has recently been thought of as a rather dated drink for fusty old men, and surrounded with some sort of strange unfathomable rituals; decanting, passing it clockwise from right to left, let alone the confusing number of different types and House brand names! However I am encouraged to find lots of younger people enjoying Port, mainly the lighter styles which don't need decanting (and who would have thought as recently as ten years ago that Gin would all of a sudden become the most…
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