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Wine Tasting - Gruner Veltliner

Austrian Wine Gruner Veltliner

Wine Tasting - Gruner Veltliner

Looking for a different white wine to try? Gruner Veltliner -This grape variety, which is Austria’s own, dates back to Roman times and has been at the centre of the vast recent improvements and resurgence in Austrian winemaking. Even though it has a variety of expressions within Austria, whether it be a light easy drinking wine with citrus and peach flavours or as a more complex intense wine with the characteristic notes of spicy white pepper, it has won many admirers for its versatility with food. It is perfect with smoked fish, such as smoked salmon, and also works well...

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Jargon Busting - Carbonic Maceration

Jargon Busting - Carbonic Maceration

Most commonly associated with its use in the Beaujolais region of France, Carbonic Maceration is employed to make light bodied fruity reds for drinking early. The alternative name of “whole bunch fermentation” points to the main difference to normal winemaking processes. Whole bunches of grapes are delicately placed in a vat under a layer of Carbon Dioxide, thus excluding any Oxygen, and fermentation starts within the grapes producing a small amount of ethanol as well as trace aromatic components. After a period of time in this environment of anything up to 3 weeks the wine production is continued as normal....

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Cheese and Wine Pairing - Cheddar

Cheddar and Wine Wine and Cheese

Cheese and Wine Pairing - Cheddar

The history of cheddar can be traced back to Roman times. It was however not until the 1500s that Cheddar made in Somerset became known as such. Even though it has been copied in many other parts of the world the very best is that made from cows that graze in Dorset, Devon and Somerset. Within this area comes Farmhouse cheddar made by hand with the raw milk of a single farm. This cheese has an unbeatable depth of flavour and a fine hard texture. One example is Montgomery's cheddar from Somerset. Generally rich, sweet, fruity, and nutty, in flavour,...

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Wine Tasting - Torrontes

Argentina Torrontes Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting - Torrontes

Looking for a great food wine? For something different why not try a Torrontes from Argentina? This white wine, made from a native grape variety to Argentina, offers an interesting alternative to well known white varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Its floral and aromatic style works particularly well with seafood and spicy cuisine, with the acidity/freshness cutting through the latter really well. The UK is Argentina's biggest export market for this distinctive variety, which is gaining more and more of a  following.

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Producer Profile - Vilmart Champagne

Vilmart Champagne

Producer Profile - Vilmart Champagne

Vilmart Champagne begun as early as 1890, but it was perhaps not until the 1980s that the wines truly began to shine. Laurent Champs took over the small 11ha vineyard, based in Rilly-La-Montagne, from his father Rene, an artist and craftsman of great skill (the house and hugely impressive stained glass window are testament to this). Laurent is a perfectionist and creates his wonderful Champagne with an expressed respect of the natural environment. Using just Pinot Noir and Chardonnay his wines, made with meticulous care, are fermented in frequently large oak casks. It is the Northern Montagne grapes that provides...

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