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Fresh or Frozen

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

When you think of fresh fish, what do you think of? Caught off the seashore? Bought straight from the local fish monger? Bought at a fish market on the docks? Catch-of-the-Day at coastal restaurants? Only one of these is actually what you and I would consider “fresh”. The other three are pretty much guaranteed frozen at some point.


Can wines be cheap and cheerful?

Thursday, 24 August 2017

I always remember an Italian producer, who was being squeezed on cost by a buyer from a low priced supermarket. “Of course you can have wine for that price,” he said generously, “but I cannot guarantee there will be any grapes in it.”


Aberdeen Angus

Tuesday, 18 July 2017


Great Alternatives to the Classics

Thursday, 13 July 2017

A look at the famous wine making regions in France and their value alternatives.


Loving the Loire

Thursday, 22 June 2017

As warm weather returns, I start to think about lighter wines, both red and white. One region that deserves far greater attention in this context is France’s Loire Valley


Taste of Summer Vegetables

Thursday, 22 June 2017

We’ve been enjoying the summer season for more than a few days already, but it’s right now — when July melts its way into August — that the summer harvest is at its peak. Summer squash are plentiful, bouquets of basil are everywhere, and tomatoes are starting to ripen. It’s at this moment that you should be running to the kitchen to take advantage of the most bountiful time of year.