Archive for May, 2013

A proper drink at the right time---one mixed with care and skill and served in the true spirit of hospitality---is better than any other made thing at giving us the illusion, at least, that we're getting what we want from life. ---David Wondrich

Thanks Dad!

Why I Started This Blog

Or Thanks, Dad!

Every Sunday lunch since I was about six years old, my father poured me, my brother and my sister a couple of “fingers” of fine wine in old shrimp cocktail glasses. He would show us on a globe where the wine was from, what it was called, and what made it different to last Sunday’s wine. I have an indelible memory of that early education in wine, before my palate became corrupted with coffee, junk food, and hot sauce.
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only dregs left after a jolly cocktail session...


When life gives you rhubarb vodka, make a cocktail…

One day in the doldrums of late winter, my friend Julia appeared at my door with a bottle of vodka. Not just any vodka, this was Chase Rhubarb Vodka, distilled from potatoes in Herefordshire, England.  A limited edition, it came complete with its own cheery little Union Jack bow tie.  As she pressed it into my hands, she said “I’m curious to see what you can do with this”.

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Green Envy

Daytime cocktails- The Green Envy

Green Envy

Lovely lunch party on a promising spring day. What to drink during the daytime? You have some cocktail-phobic friends coming so you don’t want anything too strong, but the occasion calls for something more festive than the usual Pinot Grigio. Try gently easing your friends into cocktails by starting with sparkling wine-based concoctions. I have never met anyone who didn’t like this on first sip. It’s crisp, refreshing, unusual and not too sweet. The resulting alcohol content is actually the same as that of the sparkling wine you choose to use.

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In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom. In water there is bacteria. -Benjamin Franklin

Majestic Value Reds

Majestic Value Wines

Majestic wines for under £7 that will impress your guests and won’t give you a headache

My quest for value wines began when I went to the first charity Quiz Night at my son’s school. We were new reception parents and knew few people there, so relied on the cash bar for dutch courage. The only white wine they had was a wan and bitter Pinot Grigio that tasted like it had been used to clean an institutional coffee maker. The red wine was equally harsh and undrinkable.

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