In The Drink with Paul Antrobus

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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Something for the ladies

Something for the ladies

Considering how simple and enjoyable the standard London dry gin recipe is, the number of boutique distilleries opening up around the country and the expanding range of gins now available is quite remarkable. The new arrivals are mostly the result of enthusiasts dreaming up a better London dry gin mousetrap, like Sipsmith or Adnams. In retaliation, mainstream distillers are resurrecting ...

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First of the summer wines

First of the summer wines

June is the first month of the summer quarter-year and the month when the JP Morgan Round the Isle of Wight race kicks off the summer regatta scene afloat and ashore. Time then to consider summer wines… What makes a wine a summer wine? A practical benchmark is what goes with barbecues, cold crustaceans, salads and al fresco dining on ...

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Boutique breweries get crafty. . .

Boutique breweries get crafty. . .

Once upon a time, before motor transport and telephones, there were individual public houses in England’s towns and villages brewing their own beer on the premises for consumption by their own customers. Then brewing companies were established to supply all the pubs in the village – and beyond. Then there were mergers and the UK was down to six or ...

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A buoyant Vintage

A buoyant Vintage

Somerset Cider Revival DESPITE the floods, Somerset’s only cider-brandy distillery kept on going. “We are still heavily flooded and most of the roads to our farm shop are blocked. But we are still in business for ciders and cider brandy via our website, with a daily courier truck that gets through the one road that is passable and the distillery ...

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