In The Drink with Paul Antrobus

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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Crafty Gins

For a craft gin it is the distilling process that counts, not because a distillery is new. The resurgent popularity of gin over the last five or so years is remarkable, driven by new craft distillations entering the market. Trendy bars offer a dedicated gin list and one of our royal yacht clubs recently scheduled a tutored gin-tasting evening. There ...

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Deauville delights

Enjoy this stylish French resort while discovering one of its best beers and the local Calvados. Once the Southampton Boat Show ends (25 September) there is still time for an end-of-season cruise. There is Deauville, the stylish seaside resort on France’s Baie de la Seine coast. You will find striking belle-époque buildings, a grand casino incorporating four restaurants, two bars ...

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Cowes Week debutant

The Isle of Wight Distillery’s new Wight Mermaid Gin is making its first Cowes Week appearance this month. I am surprised that the commercially astute Isle of Wight only just has its first distillery. The Isle of Wight Distillery is based at the established Rosemary Vineyard near Ryde and the two founders, Xavier Baker and Conrad Gauntlett, have been able ...

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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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