Wine

Top Ten Whites Over £6 of 2014

VineyardTop Ten White Wines over £6 of 2014 this week. There will also be a Paula’s Top Ten Red Wine choices over £6 of 2014. But no Top Ten Rosés, Sparkling Wines 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 £6.49 to £11.10 listed in ascending order of price.

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Top Ten Reds Under Six Quid of 2014

Aldi labelsAs promised following on from last week's Top Ten White Wines Under Six Quid of 2014 we now have Paula's Top Ten  Red Wines Under Six Quid of 2014. Last year’s £5 and under wine category has gone up in price to Under Six Quid, thanks to price rises across the entire grocery sector, as all the supermarkets have enhanced and expanded their existing cheaper wine ranges resulting in an even greater choice of value wines.

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Top Ten Whites Under Six Quid of 2014

trophyLast year’s £5 and under wine category has gone up in price to Under Six Quid, thanks to price rises across the entire grocery sector, and expanded into Top Ten White Wines Under Six Quid of 2014 (this week) and Top Ten  Red Wines Under Six Quid of 2014 (next week) as all the supermarkets have enhanced and expanded their existing cheaper wine ranges resulting in an even greater choice of value wines.

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Making mincemeat of it

mincepie fillingSherry, whisky and freshly squeezed orange juice are sampled this week as I get started stirring the Christmas mincemeat. Recipes for this booze-soaked Christmas preserve always say you should let it 'mature' for at least a week before you use it. But home-made pies (individual or one large ‘un) will still taste wonderful if the minced fruit and nut mixture is spooned straight into pastry cases as soon as the alcoholic moistness testing has ceased.

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Cabernet Sauvignon winter wines

snowmanIt’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.

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White and pink wine for Chinese food

chop sticksChopsticks leave me fumbling, but that doesn't stop me devouring Chinese food at least once a week. Unfortunately cooking my own stir fries has become a bit of problem since moving house: lack of mains gas means all my cooking must be done on an electric hob and my round bottomed wok just doesn't work well on that.

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It's gotta be red

swirling red wineDrinking a couple of glasses of red wine every day isn’t just enjoyable, it’s also good for you. Red wine is rich in chemicals called polyphenols. Research has shown that these compounds expand your blood vessels, making it easier for blood to flow. They also fight hardening of your arteries, the major contributor to heart disease.

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Bottled cider

apples in orchardNot wine this week but cider as October is National Cider Month according to CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale. October is when cider apples are at their ripest and are hand-picked, pressed and fermented into a fruity beverage that is a real alternative to wine.

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Be cool

wine rackThe ideal storage conditions for wine are a dark, damp, cool wine cellar. But as few of us have one of these, where’s the best place to store wine?

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Lidl new premium French wines

Cork removedLidl has added almost fifty new premium French wines to its in-store collection. And they’re not hard to spot – just walk in and head straight across to the ‘fancy new wine crates’ and chose from wines ranging in price from £4.99 to £25.99.

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