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Wine travel, the best bits of Lake Constance

Wine travel, the best bits of Lake Constance | Wine | Scoop.it
If you've ever thought the Côte d'Azur seemed like paradise then you might be surprised by the allure of Lake Constance.
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Natural wine – it may not be what you expect

Natural wine – it may not be what you expect | Wine | Scoop.it
What is natural wine? That is a topic of discussion which has plagued the wine industry for some time. The advocates say that natural wines offer more flavour and, with fewer additives, it's better for us. The naysayers, meanwhile, claim that there is no such thing as a natural wine and it's a poor excuse for bad winemaking resulting in, more often than not, faulty wines.
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A wine and truffle tour of Bergerac

A wine and truffle tour of Bergerac | Wine | Scoop.it
And yet, as a region, Bergerac is as French as they come. Located to the east of Bordeaux, Bergerac is often considered the lesser known cousin of the infamous wine region. For those in the know, Bergerac was the place to buy Bordeaux-style wines but at a significantly better price. When I arrived in Bergerac on a very early Sunday morning from Bordeaux airport, it was raining hard.
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How to use up leftover alcohol in cooking

How to use up leftover alcohol in cooking | Wine | Scoop.it
It's the day after that big party, be it Christmas lunch, New Year's drinks, birthday bash or wedding reception, and you've found yourself cleaning up.
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Tips on food and wine matching

Tips on food and wine matching | Wine | Scoop.it
At a recent dinner party, I was asked for some hard and fast rules for food and wine matching.
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Reduced alcohol wines: The taste low down

Reduced alcohol wines: The taste low down | Wine | Scoop.it
You may have seen in the news recently that health ministers want to take the alcohol out of our wine by re-categorising the alcoholic beverage.
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Is beer best for fine dining?

Is beer best for fine dining? | Wine | Scoop.it
There's been a movement on the fine dining scene, a new trend if you will, where beer is the new wine.
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An introduction to gin

An introduction to gin | Wine | Scoop.it
With World Gin Day almost upon us (15 th June), it's high time we delved a little into the spirit.
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Look out! Languedoc wines are coming!

Look out! Languedoc wines are coming! | Wine | Scoop.it
Languedoc is a well known wine region in the South of France.
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Beginners' guide to whisky for women

Beginners' guide to whisky for women | Wine | Scoop.it
If there's one distillate that's thought of as the man's spirit, it's whisky. Its high alcohol content and unyielding distinctive character creates a very masculine profile. Throw in cigars and poker and you have the ultimate boys' night in.
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Not quite wine but a good guide nevertheless

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Five great sparkling wines under £30

Five great sparkling wines under £30 | Wine | Scoop.it
When it comes to festive bubbles, there are plenty of options.
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10 great dinner party white wines under £15

10 great dinner party white wines under £15 | Wine | Scoop.it
It's much easier to take red wine to a dinner party - it will reliably pair with most main courses.
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Five historic wineries in Languedoc-Roussillon

Five historic wineries in Languedoc-Roussillon | Wine | Scoop.it
The Languedoc-Roussillon might be full of avant-garde winemakers but it's also filled with historic sites with vineyards that can be traced as far back as the 12th Century to the Cistercian movement.
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Five summery port cocktails

Five summery port cocktails | Wine | Scoop.it
Port has a reputation for being the uncool granddaddy wine that gets poured out at Christmas with the puds but did you know that port can be made in a number of different styles, ranging from extra dry to very sweet?
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Tuscany's “emerging terroirs” - the new wine regions to look out for

Tuscany's “emerging terroirs” - the new wine regions to look out for | Wine | Scoop.it
When it comes to Tuscan wines, everyone has heard of Chianti. What you probably didn't know is that the region of Chianti is also split down into sub-regions such as Chianti Classico and Chianti Ruffina. The latter is one of the regions that the Tuscan wine consortium is promoting as an emerging terroir. Unveiled at Anteprima di Toscana recently, the emerging terroirs are intended to showcase what the region could achieve and help consumers look beyond the Super Tuscans that became infamous in the 70s and 80s.
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A beginner's guide to Scotch whisky

A beginner's guide to Scotch whisky | Wine | Scoop.it
What made this particular whisky so in demand was the fact that it was a blend of whiskies from seven different casks, out of a possible 200,000 at Macallan, that's aged between 25 to 75 years old.
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Making wine for food – the Beronia story

Making wine for food – the Beronia story | Wine | Scoop.it
In Rioja, a group of local men got together to solve that problem. They were members of a Gastronomic Society where men with a serious passion for food and wine met regularly to cook, eat and drink.
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Four modern wineries in Languedoc-Roussillon (and where to find their wines in the UK)

Four modern wineries in Languedoc-Roussillon (and where to find their wines in the UK) | Wine | Scoop.it
Earlier this year I wrote about the innovations in the Languedoc-Roussillon and how it was a wine region to watch out for if you're looking for great wines at great prices.
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Festival Sud de France: bringing Setois joie de vivre to London

Festival Sud de France: bringing Setois joie de vivre to London | Wine | Scoop.it
When we think of the South of France, we immediately picture the shimmering blue of the Côte d'Azur. Its perfect coastline and gastronomic offerings are certainly hard to forget.
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7 not-to-miss bars in Edinburgh

7 not-to-miss bars in Edinburgh | Wine | Scoop.it
The city of Edinburgh is certainly hotting up, not least because of the recent good weather we've been having but also because of the slew of festivals and events taking place in the city over the summer.
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Cask finished whiskies that you must try

Cask finished whiskies that you must try | Wine | Scoop.it
A recent trip to the Isle of Skye revealed a whole new side of whiskies for me - the cask finished whiskies.
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Food and sparkling wine pairings for New Year's Eve

Food and sparkling wine pairings for New Year's Eve | Wine | Scoop.it
If you're having a party on New Year's Eve, the chances are you're going to be serving up some finger foods. But what wine should you drink with your canapés?
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Six stunning dessert wines under £20

Six stunning dessert wines under £20 | Wine | Scoop.it
Most people will avoid dessert wines with their sweet treats while others relish in its lip-sticking delight.
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Six Champagnes under £40 to get your party started

Six Champagnes under £40 to get your party started | Wine | Scoop.it
A quick trawl through the internet will reveal endless quotes from persons of note and their ode to Champagne. There is a reason for that.
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10 great dinner party red wines under £15

10 great dinner party red wines under £15 | Wine | Scoop.it
Wintry weather is the perfect excuse to breakout the warming red wines for those hearty stews. Consider a wholesome lamb daube to do this wine justice.
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