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Organic September

Get the most out of Organic September

Eat. Drink. Use. Choose. Organic September is coming and we have got a lot of promotions, events and goodie to tell you about! First things first – organised by Soil Association and sponsored by Good Energy – it is a green and environment friendly initiative to promote all things organic. You can find local events,…

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Real Wine Fair 2016 Tobacco Dock London

The Real Wine Fair 2016 review

A few days ago we have returned to visit The Real Wine Fair which celebrates the wines made with minimal intervention. What are real wines? What are natural wines? Having said that, generally there is no further explanation whether they are organic or just natural, yet what you should have in mind is that the…

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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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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 2016 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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buy organic food

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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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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free wine: guide to all kinds of free wines

Free wine anyone? A definitive guide to all kinds of free wines

Free wine? It seems that nowadays we can get almost all things for free  – free samples, free trial, free subscription, free classes, free diet food boxes, so why not to talk about free wine? We are to discuss not only how to get some free wine along the way, but how to buy your…

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flavours of spain market wines southbank stall

Buy organic wine: Flavour of Spain’s market stall

It is sunny outside and my friends and I are a bit peckish for some street food and a glass of wine. Where should we go? Right, straight to Southbank’s street food market, which is easily accessible from South West London via South West Trains, but also from many parts of London served by Bakerloo,…

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Wined Up Here independent wine merchant

Buy Organic Wine: Wined Up Here

My exploration of organic wine continues and, even though I do not deem myself as super lazy, last weekend I allowed myself to simply search for the closest independent wine store which is not a convenience / off-licence one. Google maps (I still have no idea how people managed to get around 10 years ago!)…

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Berry Bros and Rudd website

Buy organic wine: Berry Bros and Rudd

If you ever ask any of the renowned wine critics about a top independent wine merchant in London, their top of mind would be ‘Berry Bros and Rudd’. Jancis Robinson, a writer behind a wine encyclopaedia ‘Oxford Companion to Wine‘ and also a regular contributor to Financial Times wine section, always put them on top…

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Vinoa welcome box

Wine Tasting Experience: online at Vinoa

You know, it feels rather awkward when you stumble upon a service that you have been nursing in your mind for months and months, but never figured out how to approach this? That was the case when an ad appeared in my Facebook – that was Vinoa! I was indeed thinking about how to get…

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