In The Drink with Paul Antrobus

Added sparkle

Thomson & Scott has the answer when it comes to enjoying fizz without the alcohol. Dry January is here, the month when at least five million of us are likely to give alcohol a miss as we detox after the festive period. But if you are already missing a burst of fizz, Thomson & Scott has come up with Noughty, ...

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Sweet Christmas Treats

When you start writing your Christmas tipple list be sure to include a sweet wine or two… A ‘pudding’ wine with the dessert course of a meal is not as common as it once was. These are sweet wines fortified with brandy or neutral spirit to bring the abv up close to 19 per cent. Now it seems there is ...

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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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