Category Archives: Blame it!

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What to buy or avoid – February 2016

For many of us February is a month of chocolate and bubbles, so it is all about sugar. These former two products are definitely making us happier, yet are they healthy? They’re probably not, so the question is whether they could be healthier? Sugar and bubbles If you want to know more about different types of…

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the social aspects of drinking wine

The Social Aspects of Drinking Wine

“Nothing more excellent or valuable than wine,” observed the Classical Greek philosopher Plato “was ever granted by the gods to man.” Drinking Wine and Me Our relationship with this valuable commodity is described in detail in Homer’s Iliad and The Odyssey; it is well documented in Christian and Hebrew texts, and in Confucius’s Analects (collection…

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Wine and the Movies: review on how wine was featured in the movies

Wine and the Movies: a journey through decades

Ask an average group of people, who aren’t movie buffs or professional critics, to name 2 movies that feature alcohol in some form or another and the chances are most people choose Sideways (2004) and A Good Year (2006). Wine and the Movies Our myopia needs a reality check. Alcohol, in its many guises, has…

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wine tasting experiences

Wine Tasting experiences in London and around

It would be an understatement to say that wine tasting is exciting and pleasant. Wine tasting experiences can educate and inspire, and not just with regards to new flavours and smells, but also new places and new people; especially when you combine it with wine travel. In this roundup review of what is available for…

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What to buy or avoid this January

What to buy or avoid – January 2016

Happy New 2016 everyone! It has been a full year of reporting about wines to buy or to avoid for us and we have received quite a few emails from our community members with some suggestions and simply thanking for the roundup reviews. Well, the pleasure is all ours as we do like to write…

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Festive fizz: guide to sparkling wines (Champagne, Prosecco, Cava)

Festive fizz: your guide to sparkling wines. Champagne, Prosecco, Cava.

“Pleasure without champagne” Oscar Wilde once said, “is purely artificial.” That great wit has a point. Christmas without a glass of bubbly in your hands somehow seems rather flat. The first thing your host shoves into your hand at this time of year, once the coats and initial formalities have been dispensed with, is some…

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15 online wine stores and wine clubs

15 online wine clubs and shops to buy wine from

Which UK wine clubs and online wine shops make 2017 an exciting year for online wine shopping? After receiving some comments from fellow readers that they will be happy to browse through a list of online wine merchants and wine clubs, we were working hard to compare and contrast these online wine retailers to find…

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Cooking with wine: red wine jus, white wine sauce, red wine risotto

Cooking with Wine: tips on how to successfully cook with wine

What is cooking with wine about? “I cook with wine,” the great American comedian W.C.Fields once quipped, “sometimes I even add it to the food.” As you start to stress about what to feed family and friends this Christmas, never was a truer line more pertinent. Wine has been used in cooking, as well as…

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Should we buy organic food?

Where to buy organic food We are what we eat. It’s been illustrated quite nicely by the plethora of documentaries from Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead to Super Size Me. We all know to avoid excess white sugar and saturated fat, and recent press reports have warned against too much processed meat, but when it…

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Organic Christmas: wine, gifts, food and markets

An Organic Christmas: a time to reconnect with your primeval soul?

‘‘Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas……..perhaps….means a little bit more.’’ When Doctor Theodor Seuss penned his children’s classic tale ‘How the Grinch stole Christmas’ in 1957 he was, perhaps, gently making us ponder how far this annual festival has strayed from its origins over two millenia. What is organic Christmas?…

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wine cocktails - mulled wine, champagne cocktails

Can wine cocktails help to drink less?

Could wine cocktails be an answer how to drink well but less? As wine enthusiasts we are usually only concerned with the quality of the product that we are pouring from each bottle that we purchase or taste. Would you want to mix your favourite vino with anything? It can sound like a crime against…

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6 ways to shop for wine: wine shops, wine merchants, online wine shopping

How do we shop for wine in the UK? Brick and mortar wine shop vs online

6 Ways to shop for wine in the UK Where would we be without wine? Toasting a celebration, cheering up and commiserating, giving thanks, dinner parties and get-togethers; they all involve wine, and we’ve all no doubt purchased it from a variety of retailers, depending on the circumstances. On our way to an impromptu party,…

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units of alcohol and wine units

From Baudelaire to Doughnuts: units of alcohol, our health and the future

“One should always be drunk. That’s all that matters” Charles Baudelaire, the 19th century French poet once said. You can be absolutely certain, in the 21st century, that government, the health service and advisory bodies such as drinkaware would take issue with him for disregarding alcohol units. Units of alcohol, alcohol by volume and personal…

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Wine Calories: how to reduce your wine calorie intake

The ‘invisible’ calories in wine. Is your wine intake responsible for being able to pinch more than an inch? As we enter the festive season, much wine will be consumed; at parties, over dinners and by the fire at the end of a long day. It’s also the time when many of us want to…

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bacchus god of wine

Greek and Roman gods of wine

I doubt very much that the Greek or Roman gods of wine worried very much about whether their wine was organic or not, the ozone layer or which modern day vendor they will buy their wine from, however our modern day drinking habits all stem from the myths and legends of the gods and their…

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