Best of Bedfellows

‘Normally we call this wine Syrah, but we are experimenting with putting Shiraz on the label for the latest shipment to the UK,’ said David Roper, winemaker at Villa Maria in New Zealand. ‘The wine is...

Cape Crusaders

So what would you do if you were well into retirement age, and had owned and run one of Bordeaux’s most prestigious properties for 30 years? Then you decide to sell it, but being still active and keen to do...

Give me Sunshine

How was January for you? Grey and chilly, with the occasional sprinkling of snow? Perhaps you should have joined the exodus that seems to happen each winter as Yorkshire folk board planes and head down to...
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Sealed with a loving fizz

Check the date on this newspaper and you will see that we are rapidly approaching St Valentine’s Day. I only recently looked up the history of this saint and discovered that there may have been several...

Sardinia wine: Elixir of Life

Giovanni Loi sat at the front of the hall for the lecture by the learned professor. The subject was age, something Giovanni knows a lot about. He is 98, looks about 70 and is a fit as a fiddle. He walked up...

Wine, tastings and vineyards

As the festive empties clang into the recycling bin, I am reminded of the happy occasions they accompanied, with friends and family gathered around the table. Some of the bottles we opened this year came not...

Blog: Yorkshire Gin is great!

  ‘The cocktail scene in Leeds is astonishing,’ said Chris Hill, Proprietor of Latitude in The Calls, Leeds.  ‘Just a couple of years ago we had 50 gins and we thought that was a lot.  When I...