In The Drink with Paul Antrobus

Young at Heart

It is time for one wine to get its yearly debut, while a fizz is still seeing a huge increase in UK sales. Every year on the third Thursday of November, the young red vin de primeur Beaujolais nouveau is released on to the market in a frenzy of promotion, buying and drinking. Just six to eight weeks old, the ...

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Celebrating Trafalgar

This year celebrate Trafalgar Day with a Nelson’s Eye. October is the month for Trafalgar Day events – 21 October was the actual day of the 1805 victory. At the annual Great British Beer Festival at Olympia, London, back in August, I kept an eye out for something appropriate for Trafalgar events and found Nelson’s Eye from the Heavy Industry ...

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Unique bottle for boaters

Which came first – the bottle or the wine? In the case of J.P. Chenet the answer is the bottle. And, if you are looking for a rosé to take on a September afternoon boat party, my small tasting panel recently gave the thumbs up for J.P. Chenet Grenache-Cinsault rosé in a curvy, slightly asymmetric 750ml bottle. This pale pink, ...

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Gins galore

Salcombe Yacht Club’s annual Regatta Week has a new title, Salcombe Gin SYC, and a new sponsor, Salcombe Start Point Gin. The regatta, now in its 121st year, runs from 13 – 18 August and follows Salcombe Town Regatta, 6 – 11 August, so a good couple of weeks’ fun. The gin, launched just over a year ago, has rapidly ...

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Beer from the Brits

With quirky graphics and names from US Westerns, UK brewers are responding to the US-style IPAs from over the pond. A lot of American IPA beers are flooding into the UK market, some established brands like Sierra Nevada, others are interesting novelties brewed over here, like Punk IPA from Aberdeen’s Brewdog. They declare themselves as American Style IPA and tend ...

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Cloudy Bay wins for Kiwis

Cloudy Bay brings its wines to the Round the Island Race, while in Bermuda at the America’s Cup it is all about the rum. Cloudy Bay comes to Cowes From South Island, New Zealand to the Isle of Wight Round the Island Race comes Cloudy Bay, dubbed ‘the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world’. Sailing folk will know of New ...

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Wine of choice

Club and house wines are always a safe choice. The Club Claret or Club White feature on the wine list of many clubs, yachting or otherwise. A Vin de Pays Maison is a likely offer in restaurants and gastro pubs, sub-named by a particular French region or town and a grape variety. Not always the cheapest but somehow suggesting a ...

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Crafty Ciders

Cider is part of the trilogy with ales and lagers of our staple volume alcoholic drinks, served by the half or one pint glass and usually quaffed not sipped. We have enjoyed the revival of ‘real’ ale, arguably thanks to the CAMRA campaign, and latterly for craft lagers. Could a CAMRA-like approach to craft cider be next? There were 88 ...

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Craft lager Surrey style

We are awash with real ales in Britain. Now it is lager’s turn. So many real or craft ale-type beers are being brewed in small breweries all over Britain. Yet lager remains a drink largely dominated by foreign brewers. Lagers such as Staropramen or Pilsner Urquell from Czechoslovakia are real enough, but there is an English craft lager called Hogstar, ...

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Black stuff revival

Stout, once the bulk of London’s 18th century beer production, is making a comeback. Do you remember when Whitbread, Truman’s and Manns were independent and advertised their stouts on the then new-fangled commercial TV channel? Those days have gone but the dense black beer is showing signs of new growth. Stout was born out of Porter, which got its name ...

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