In The Drink with Paul Antrobus

Cheers to Toast!

TOAST – the best thing in beer since sliced bread. While turning the tide on plastic waste in the world’s oceans is gaining momentum with many people around the world, other eco-unfriendly issues are emerging which also need our attention. Food waste, for example. In a world where food poverty blights many nations, food wastage in developed countries is an ...

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Time for drinks

PX stands for the best sherry and whisky liqueur. PX, or the full name Pedro Ximénez, prominently displayed on a bottle of sherry looks like a brand name but it is not. It is actually the name of the grape-type used in the production process thats is Denominación de Origen controlled in the adjacent Montilla-Moriles and Jerez de la Frontera ...

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Something for the weekend

British brewing is not the only way to brew and, like here, many other countries have experienced a craft beer revolution. For many beer enthusiasts, the area known last century as Czechoslovakia was the holy grail of distinctive beers. It was founded on lager-type beers such as Pilsner Urquell, launched in1842 and generally agreed as the original Pilsner. It is ...

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Carry on beer and bubbly

Tempting drinks for summer sun, plus why we do not need to worry about carbon dioxide. The news scare about a shortage of beers due to a shortage of manufactured carbon dioxide was serious overkill. All at Sea readers would, I hope, be well aware that when we talk fizzy in this column we are talking about naturally produced sparkling ...

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We ‘Can’ Drink It

Wine in boxes, wine in screw top bottles, now we see wine in cans emerging, but how will the British market react? The innovative wine maker Thomson and Scott launched its Skinny Prosecco featuring lower sugar content at Easter-time 2016, and it premiered in the June 2016 issue of All at Sea. A Skinny Champagne quickly followed and both have ...

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Welcome to the Languedoc

Exploring the changing profile of Languedoc wines. While quality white wines are produced in the Languedoc AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) area, it is the red wines which dominate production, making the wider Languedoc region the most prolific of all French vineyards. The region produces most of the Vin de Pays we love and, in the process, acquired a reputation for ...

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The new Muscadet?

This month try a Picpoul de Penet, a zingy alternative to Muscadet. Picpoul de Penet dry white wine from France’s Languedoc-Roussillon region is beginning to get noticed and, as it rises into favour, we are seeing a modest increase in brands available on our supermarket shelves. Some commentators call it the ‘new Muscadet’. Picpoul translates literally, I am told, as ...

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Whisky experience

The latest innovation in the history of Scotch whisky is a blend of several single malts marketed under invented brand names and labelled Blended Malts. They are getting traction with consumers, and shelf space in the supermarkets. You cannot get more crafty than Scotch malts. There are 126 licensed distilleries, each one a ‘craft’ batch operation and 20 million barrels ...

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Drinking with Mr Hobbs

As the popularity of gin shows no signs of slowing here are a couple more to try this spring. The new canal and narrowboats feature centred around a typical canalside pub, the Lock Keeper’s Inn, was a hit at this year’s London Boat Show, with reportedly more than 3,000 visiting the site on the Saturday alone. The Inn featured, appropriately, ...

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Vegan beers for all

Did you do Veganuary last month and want to continue a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle? Luckily, there is a good range of suitable bottled craft beers available for new converts as well as the already committed. They are in the minority on our supermarket shelves, but on a worldwide basis of different beer types the list runs into hundreds. WHEN ...

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