Food & Drink
- Monday, 09 December 2013
Top Eight Sparkling Wines of 2012 this week. Which is better situation than in 2012 when there was only enough decent bubbly around to make a top five list, while in 2011 there was such a dearth of the decent stuff that a top sparkling round-up couldn’t be justified. So things are a little better this year.
But while we’ve had a Top Ten Whites and Top Ten Reds, and even a Top Ten Under Six Quid, there still wasn’t quite enough tasty fizz this year to make a top ten list. So you’ll have to make do with a top eight instead. And here they are.
- Monday, 02 December 2013
Top Ten Reds of 2013 this week including three at under £8 plus plenty of slurpable chocolate and liquorice flavours. Here they are in order of fabness.
1 Piccini Memoro Italian Rosso
A reliable brand with this, their signature brand, and well worth the money – although it does come up on offer at Tesco quite often. Expect flavours of fresh cherry, melting chocolate plus figs and prunes.
- Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Top Ten White Wines of 2013 this week. There will also be a Paula’s Top Ten Red Wine choices of 2013 and the Top Sparkling Wines of 2013 as well as the Top Ten Must Haves for Christmas Day. But no Top Ten Rosés or After Dinner wines. Because this year has seen a dearth of great tasting and great value wines that are a delightful pink colour and an even greater lack of wines to match the cheese and nuts course.
But slurpable whites at a reasonable price there have been, in abundance - which made it very hard to knock the list back to just the top ten. But here they are ranging in price from £6.99 to £10.99 listed in order of which bottle to save first if the house floods.
- Tuesday, 19 November 2013
This year’s annual listing of Top Ten Wines has been struck by both inflation and spending habits – no longer can the under-a-fiver category produce ten wines worth the time and expense of joining the Christmas rush, instead we must look to the £5.99 and under category to find 2013’s Top Ten Wines Under Six Quid.
The £5.99 and under wine category has expanded rapidly this year now that the average spend on a bottle of wine has crept up to over five pounds – partly due to the price rise on all food and drink items but there’s also the hike in oil prices to thank. The economic viability of moving tanker loads of (once) cheap Aussie wine half way around the world to be sold at £3.99 (that can still make a profit) has gone for a Burton.
- Friday, 15 November 2013
Log onto our web TV show for a live wine tasting masterclass with wine maker Matt Koch from Rosemount Wines on how to tell the difference between different wine blends in time for Christmas
Show date: Monday 18th November
Show time: 7pm
Many of us like to think we’re clued up on what wines we like and which ones we don’t, but when faced with a supermarket or shop full of different types of wines, choosing the perfect drop can be a minefield.
- Monday, 11 November 2013
Whisk(e)y, both Irish and Scottish, and sherry are sampled this week as I get started baking the Christmas fruity puds and cakes. Recipes for booze-soaked Christmas fruit cake always say you should let the cake 'mature' for at least a week before you ice it. But the cake will still taste wonderful if you start munching when it’s only been out of the oven for an hour and just (about) cooled down.
But you'll find as you eat the rest of the cake over the coming week(s) it will become ever mellower and smoother. The sharp tangs resulting from the alcohol in the soaking liquor of choice become less obvious and finally disappear making for a more balanced cake.
- Thursday, 07 November 2013
They’re a winter favourite and can be the basis of many recipes, so watch our video for Lisa’s twist on this classic dish
There’s nothing better than a big plate of steaming meatballs to warm up the whole family in winter.
This classic versatile dish is also perfect for freezing and can be defrosted to suit many different recipes.
- Monday, 04 November 2013
It’s cold. And it gets dark before the day has properly begun. Which means we now have to turn the light on when admiring the colour of that pre-supper glass of red wine. Shorter periods of daylight send a signal to our brain to reject the lighter hues of summer and seek out dark reds and browns of winter. So leave the light-green Sauvignon Blancs unopened and pick up a bottle of its red cousin Cabernet Sauvignon instead.
This blood-red coloured wine not only matches the autumn foliage but also the heartier foods we'll be eating once the weather gets cooler.
- Monday, 28 October 2013
Rivalling Tesco Wine by the Case, Morrisons Cellar and Waitrose WineDirect, Asda launches its own online Wine Shop today (www.asda.com/wineshop). With free delivery until the end of the year plus an extra 10% off first orders, this new easy-to-use site is definitely worth a go if you want to order six or more bottles of wine.
You won’t find all the wines stocked by their main grocery site but with over 500 wines to choose from initially (more are promised for 2014) the site offers some interesting, if slightly expensive, oddities plus the usual popular brands priced at £5 and under.
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