In The Drink with Paul Antrobus

Show Stoppers

They are glass, classy and recyclable and we can expect to see more of them… I was on the Canal du Nivernais in France this summer. A bottle of rosé was brought to the afterdeck for sunset drinks. No surprise about that. But instead of the usual de-corking ritual, the owner popped the seal off by hand and thumb. This ...

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Sehr Gut Beers!

The approach of October reminds me of the annual Munich Oktoberfest, surely the most famous beer festival in the world. Running this year from 21 September to 6 October, the event conjures up images of clinking steins of beer, raucous singing, noisy oompah bands, plates of sausages and waiters carrying trays of half-litre glasses a dozen at a time, held ...

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A glass of orange please…

The wine list, please. Red, white, rosé – or orange? Orange wine is a relatively rare wine genre in the UK. It was given its UK name in 2004 but only now have enough examples made it to our specialist wine retailers and a few supermarkets to cause a little flurry of interest. It actually has hundreds of years of ...

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Rosé reaches new heights

The trend back to buying rosé wines continues, while a new trend for wine on tap grows. A short report about Miraval Rosé wine in the Daily Telegraph in June said that this French vineyard “has now smashed the price record for pink blush. A magnum of its Muse de Miraval fetched more than £2,300 at a charity auction this ...

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Pack a pouch or two

How do you buy yours? The packaging that is. These days wine, and other alcoholic beverages, are available in a number of containers giving you the option to select the best option for that day’s particular activities. We are familiar in this country with wine in a box. It may still carry an unwarranted stigma of low quality wine, but ...

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Tiptree Tipple

From Tiptree jam to Tiptree tipple, we take a look at fruity specialities from Essex. Wilkin & Sons Ltd are the makers of the world-famous Tiptree jams, the company dating back to 1700 with a Royal Warrant for their jams granted in 1911. It also produces a range of fruit-based liqueurs and has recently added English Spiced Rum. This prompted ...

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One Ale of a Beer

New World pale ales make a great tangy summertime beer. According to Waitrose, “One topic of conversation that dominates the beer world is the seemingly insatiable demand for New World pale ales. The number one attraction of these beers is their intensely hoppy flavour, which comes from American, Australian and New Zealand hops and delivers punchy, tropical-fruit flavours.” The trend ...

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Get the party started

The coolest drinks for parties this spring are pink… Everything’s coming up pink for spring, from pink house plaques for historic females to gins, vodkas and wines. Pink wine, i.e. rosé, is tipped for a bumper year. Supermarkets have prominent blocks of shelf space dedicated to the pink genre, mixing all types together, grape types and countries of origin and ...

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The best Irish solution… have a party!

One way or another it looks like Ireland will still be in the news this month. It is also time for the annual onslaught of green face paint, Guinness hats and shamrock bunting to celebrate St Patrick’s Day on 17 March. Forget the border question for a while and enjoy some good old-fashioned Irish craic. Create a balanced drinks list ...

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One ale of a drink!

Here is a Trappist beer made in England – a timely Brexit backstop. Mount Saint Bernard Abbey Tynt Meadow English Trappist® Ale became available last July after a five year development programme by the monks. It has come as a timely replacement for the established range of Trappist ales, which are mostly Belgian, as a backstop against a potential interruption ...

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