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This year Wines from Rioja has worked in partnership with Imbibe magazine on a number of activities targeted at the UK on trade. We kicked off 2015 with a series of panel tastings with experts from four sectors of the on-trade – gastro pubs, fine dining restaurants, wine and cocktail bars, and neighbourhood restaurants –…

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For me, there is no better way to explore a city than hopping from cafe to restaurant sampling all the different cuisines and tasting local wines of course. A recent trip to Lisbon was no exception to this however, I was not quite prepared for how different the food was going to be. Generally when…

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Rioja may be Spain’s oldest DOCa region but it is anything but out-of-date when it comes to producing wines of interest. From single varietals to modern and contemporary reds, many winemakers are producing an increasing number of unusual styles and flaunting the indigenous varietals of the region. Last week, Wines from Rioja headed off on…

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This last month has been full of ‘firsts’ for me – not in a competition sense, but more in a significant life experiences kind of way. To list a few, there was my first taste of Krug rosé, my first pint of Guinness ever (a bona fida one, on Irish soil), my first taste of…

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On home soil

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Having recently returned from a ski trip to Bulgaria that included rather a lot of hot, locally-produced Rakia with honey, I got to thinking about those drinks we regularly imbibe on foreign soil and how much better they taste when sipped in their country of origin. Whether it’s German beer, Mexican tequila, or a good…

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I learnt recently how we can make such a big difference to others simply by making some very small changes in our own lives. Spending an extra few pence on box of Fairtrade tea which, based on average consumption, totals no more than a few pounds each year, really does make a huge difference to…

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As Phipps’ resident Americophile, it has been great to see some of America’s finest exports hit British shores in recent years – Homeland and J Crew to name but a few, it’s becoming ever easier to find that slice of Americana without even getting on a plane. However, regular visits Stateside still leave me wanting…

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Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot, names of grape varieties which trip off the tongue with a confident swagger. Recognisable even to those with just a basic level of wine knowledge, these are the A-listers of the grape world, international stars that need no introduction. Add to them Sauvignon Blanc (or Sav Blanc to his friends) and…

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Sherry Fever

I’ve been sherry obsessed ever since my first taste of Tio Pepe Fino so when it came to planning my next mini-break earlier this year, it came as no surprise to my nearest and dearest that my final destination was Jerez! Relatively unknown compared to neighbouring Malaga and Seville but home to some of the…

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Bottle labels…they mean so much don’t they? It’s our first impression of a product and whilst many of us want to say we don’t judge a book by its cover, if we’re honest with ourselves we all do it at least a little bit. A recent challenge with the other half to work our way…

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Last week I was lucky enough to find myself visiting the renowned Bouvet Ladubay winery in the historic town of Saumur in the Loire. Bouvet Ladubay MD, Juliette Monmousseau showed us around the winery’s “tuffeau” cellars, which we soon discovered are not average wine cellars…  The name “tuffeau” refers to the limestone that the Loire…

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Navigating menus abroad can be something of a challenge for a flexitarian, particularly throughout Europe where waiters tend to fix you with a look somewhere between bemusement and outright suspicion when you ask for a meat-free option, before pointing you towards the veal. A recent trip to Japan took this confusion onto a whole new…

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