In The Drink with Paul Antrobus

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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Navigating through a sea of rosés

How to choose the best pink-hued wine for a summer occasion. It is sailing regatta season and bottles of pale pink rosé in a cooler on the club terrace or deck are a common enough sight. The third colour choice is often available at a party or barbecue, too. Time was that rosé did not have a popular following in ...

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The Americans are coming

Cowes will be welcoming many yachtsmen from the US this summer. Their taste in drinks may differ quite a lot from ours so why not try some for yourself? There is going to be a distinct American presence in and around Cowes this year. The 2015 Transatlantic Race from Newport, Rhode Island will be arriving around mid-July with the prize ...

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Tasty gifts for cool dads

This is the month to give dads the special recognition they deserve. Dads are often derided for their dancing or indulged when they retreat to the boat or shed for a few hours of solitude. So time to forget these stereotypes and give him something modern and cool for Father’s Day, 21 June. If he likes to relax with a ...

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Dry Gin For Cowes

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Cowes Week Ltd and Chilgrove Dry Gin have announced a new supporting sponsorship relationship for this year’s AAM Cowes Week, 8 – 15 August. This is the first time a gin has been among the event’s supporting sponsors and, as the official gin, Chilgrove will be available at bars in the main marinas, on Cowes Parade and in local yacht ...

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Festive Tipple

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Perk up the Christmas party with fiery ginger beer, iced tea and even rhubarb. A couple of years ago I held a small panel session tasting ginger beers, as reported in All At Sea in January 2013. Fentimans non-alcoholic version came out top for ginger flavour and Crabbies Original was the favourite alcoholic brew we sampled. “We liked the idea ...

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Micro brew monopoly

Micro brew monopoly

According to CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale now in its 43rd year, new independent ‘micro’ breweries are opening apace while pubs continue to close down at 31 per week. CAMRA organises the annual Great British Beer Festival at Olympia, West London. This year’s show in featured 350 brewers and over 900 beers, lagers and ciders from across the globe.   ...

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