In The Drink with Paul Antrobus

Cornish magic

Sailing in the West Country this summer? Look out for Nevek, Lust and Dream as well as some fine Cornish beers and wines. When cruising in the southern extremity of the UK’s southwest coast, an enthusiastic member of my local sailing club discovered three Cornish cream liqueurs and passed them on to me as highly recommended. ‘Nevek’ is the Cornish ...

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Skinny Prosecco

Much has been written about Prosecco and its relatively bargain price. The demand in the UK continues to grow strongly, but it should not be seen as a cheap alternative to Champagne. Prosecco is a fine wine in its own right and the Italian producers have worked hard to build up and police their own DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata ...

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Whisky rebellion

When all other food producers are obliged to reveal exactly what is in their products, the opposite is true for whisky. There is a move afoot to change this. We are used to being bombarded with government advice and explicit product content labelling intended to help us make informed choices on food and soft drinks. But would you like to ...

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Time to get crafty

Here is a great way to do your fitting-out shop and treat yourself afterwards. The Arthur Beale chandlery at Shaftsbury Avenue in London was one of seven companies which founded the London Boat Show, first held at Olympia in 1954. Having exhibited again the next year, the chandlery dropped out once the show moved to Earls Court but, this year, ...

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The Malbec debate

Malbec is a deep ruby red wine suited to winter roasts and later on for summer barbecues. It is made from Malbec grapes, a dark violet-blue variety born in the Bordeaux region in south-west France and has its own AOC (controlled designation of origin) centred on the town of Cahors on a large U-bend of the Lot river and capital ...

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Best of both worlds

Drinking in moderation or alcohol-free drinks – we still have the choice. Just as we recovered from Christmas and the New Year, the government-approved pronouncements on alcohol consumption came as an early January put down. They say that limiting the number of units drunk per week by both men and women reduces the risk of cancer and liver disease. Fair ...

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Spanish treasures

Although not as popular as it once was, sherry remains a pleasant and comforting tipple at any time of year. One of the treasures of the wine world since before the 16th century, sherry is full of flavour, makes an excellent apéritif and is ubiquitous in Andalucian tapas bars where it is often offered on draught. Sales in the UK ...

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Festive flavours

Shop around for flavour this Christmas and find some price surprises on the shelves. First – the fizz. While price is generally an indicator of quality wine making and a consequence of the years of ageing, it may not, it seems, be a definitive indicator of tastiness. So says the Good Housekeeping Institute in its Christmas Food 2015 report. This ...

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Special beers from the east

Still they come… American-style ales brewed in Britain, as seen in AAS July, an innovation led by small ‘craft ale’ operations but now big enough to interest some larger breweries. Greene King of Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk, which brews beers such as IPA, Old Speckled Hen and Abbott Ale, is now producing East Coast IPA – East Coast America, that ...

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Heading for Southampton

A wide choice of beers, wines and spirits await you at the bars and drinks stands at the Southampton Boat Show. For many, a quiet little (responsible) drink on board is an integral part of the pleasure of sailing. The Southampton Boat Show has a bigger than usual selection of drinks you can enjoy whilst there or look out for ...

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