Orange wine for an orange ‘president’

The Orange president in London's Parliament Square...... (above and below) Simon Woolf  – Amber Revolution Last Friday (13th July 2018) London saw the largest ever demonstration against a foreign leader when an estimated 250,000 people marched against the visit of Donald Trump to the UK. There were other demonstrations that day and over the weekend …

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Two exemplary wines from Gascony

This is a short article as I am currently traveling in Georgia (the country whose neighbours are Russia, Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan). I expect to write a bit about its wines next week. Just before leaving France on this trip to teach a WSET Level 3 course here in Georgia, I tasted two wines from Gascony …

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Two good days in Peniche

Last week we spent two days in Peniche, which is a seaside town on an interesting and curious peninsula on the Portuguese Atlantic coast about 90 kilometres north west of Lisbon. Thursday We took one of the frequent express buses from Lisbon, which takes just over 90 minutes with three stops on the way. We …

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Clairette, from Languedoc or elsewhere, an excellent, little known variety

Without being exactly an obscure white grape variety, Clairette is hardly a world-renowned star either. But a recent visit to a part of Southern France where it has its own tiny appellation dedicated to this sole variety, Clairette du Languedoc (barely over 100 hectares currently planted), showed me its very interesting possibilities in a hot …

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Cariñena en Aragón, tierra prometida de la Cariñena

Voici mon post de vendredi passé en version espagnole, histoire de montrer que Les 5 du Vin ne reculent devant rien pour satisfaire leur public international, merci à tous pour votre fidélité Marco A penas a unos kilómetros de Zaragoza, el paisaje cambia tornándose ocre y gris. Todo parece seco, casi desértico. Montes rocosos, taludes, …

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Retour à Lisbonne: Food & Wine Festival, Terroso, Taberna da Rua das Flores

Adegga Wine & Food Festival @the restored Pavillon Carlos Lopes Pedro Jorge at the entrance to Terroso: his new bar and restaurant in Cascais Soft shelled crab in a bun – one of the delicious signature dishes of the very inventive @ Taberna da Rua das Flores Due to circumstances – events, dear boy! – …

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Cariñena en Aragon, terre promise du Carignan

À peine sorti de Saragosse, le paysage change, devient ocre et gris. Tout semble sec, désertique. Barres rocheuses, éboulis, cailloux, le minéral règne en maître, plus rien ne pousse, à part quelques buissons le long des cours d’eau asséchés. Puis, à quelques lieues du village de Cariñena, la vigne surgit de ce reg inattendu. On …

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