Monthly Archives: March 2011

Value in Crozes Hermitage?

I had spotted that Sainsbury were offering Crozes Hermitage les Trois Lys 2007 at an apparently competitive £6.99 and we are big fans of wines made purely from Syrah grapes. This one is made by the Caves de Tain co-op … Continue reading

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Coq au Vin with Regional Wines

Burgundians insist that Coq au Vin be cooked with the local wine which means a whole bottle of Pinot Noir in the casserole. They don’t mean the best Burgundy, and living in Burgundy they will easily find some decent low-cost … Continue reading

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Traditional Roast Lamb and Trusty Claret

The reason for the recent frequency of claret is that I have quite a lot of 2005 clarets in the cellar, most bought in bond, some a little later, and several are reaching their prime drinking age. At the moment … Continue reading

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Pork Casserole with a Fruity Claret

The casserole combines pork and prunes with the late addition of spinach. D got the recipe from a magazine and insists that it has all the hallmarks of Sybil Kapoor’s authorship. We hadn’t tried it before, but it was really … Continue reading

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Smoky Fish Cakes and Limey Rieslings

A Nigel Slater recipe mating fishcakes of smoked haddock with home made oven chips. A tartare sauce ‘stretched’ with herbs adds sharpness and some spinach adds edge and soft wetness to the other drier components. Fish and smoky says Riesling … Continue reading

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Chicken Salad and Testing the Limits of Chardonnay

We sat down again to D’s subtle version of Coronation Chicken, this time with a new Chardonnay – Gisborne Chardonnay 2008 made by Montana in New Zealand. This proudly proclaims that it is unoaked on the front label and cost … Continue reading

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The Accuracy of Wine Labels

I have to admit that I am impressed. Most of the wines I have tasted in the last six months seem to have been described fairly accurately on their labels. This is a bit of a surprise given that the … Continue reading

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