Wines for Christmas

The Christmas holiday this year is longer than usual, with the result that many families will have to cope with more meals. That means more drinks. If you are having a drink before a meal, or if friends or relations drop in for a drink, please think of sherry. You can open the bottle, and …

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GRAPE VARIETIES – Number 23: Malvasia

Written by Tom Innes First, let’s get the pronunciation right: MAL – VAZ – EE – A, with the stress on the “i”, not on the middle “a”. Malvasia is an ancient variety, much older than, say, Cabernet Sauvignon, and it has travelled widely, being planted throughout Europe, particularly in Italy. It originated in Greece, …

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Pubs of Ross

WATERING HOLES IN ROSS 100 YEARS AGO Seeing the 17th century (Ye Olde) Crown & Sceptre re-open at Christmas made me think of how the world of pubs in Ross has changed so much in 100 years. At one time, when Markets were in the streets until the 19th century, one in three buildings was …

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Red Wines for Christmas

Written by Tom Innes This year, let’s take a little bit of a risk with the reds, and go for wines that are less well known. There should be something for everyone among my selection, with prices ranging from less than £10 to nudging £20. I will set them out in ascending price order. Hungerford …

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Sparkling and White Wines for Christmas

Oh, the fuss about Prosecco! It’s a perfectly nice drink, and we stock one, which is a fine example of the wine. Headlines in the press trumpet how sales of Prosecco are going through the roof, going ballistic, hitting the stratosphere. It is a fact that more bottles of Prosecco are being sold than champagne, …

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A Bottle of Wine in Le Puy en Velay

Le Puy en Velay is a remote cathedral city tucked away in the interior of France just to the north of the Cévennes. It is set in a volcanic bowl in the high plateau of the Massif Central. The cathedral is an impressive construction, built of the local volcanic stone, which looks like pumice stone. …

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