In The Drink with Paul Antrobus

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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Winter warmers

Raise your spirits in the thick of winter with a traditionally summertime icon. Summer and Pimm’s at events like Wimbledon, Cowes Week and Ascot may seem a distant memory, but a warm version using the brandy-based Pimm’s No 3 could help you survive a cold winter. Pimm’s No 1 Fruit Cup, to give it its full title, was invented by ...

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A taste of Christmas

A delicious drinks basket for the festive period with some of the best tipples reviewed in All at Sea over the year.   Fizz Top of the Pops this year and trending fast is Thomson & Scott’s Skinny Prosecco. It is a quality wine with discernible flavour at 11 per cent abv but crucially only 67 calories per 100ml glass, ...

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