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Pub of the Week: The Woodman

A decent, hearty walk from York city centre on a gorgeous spring day warrants a well-earned pint. Having arrived in Bishopthorpe, we had a choice of not one, but three pubs on one street to choose from – and they say pubs are on the decline.

Dog Point Scoring

The grey-haired lady engaging me in conversation at my old school reunion looked vaguely familiar but until I imagined the whole room dressed in green tunics and panama hats it wasn’t easy to remember who...

Island Vintage

Think of New Zealand and you might just think of Sauvignon Blanc. After all, 70% of New Zealand’s wine is packed with those fresh, zippy, gooseberry-charged flavours that have made New Zealand Sauvignon the...

Archangel Face

Mary Zurakowski opened the big doors of her family winery with a smile and a Kiwi accented ‘How are you?’ She and her husband Ian have lived in New Zealand for many years, although when we sat down and...

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...