Starting on Twitter

the earthTwitter is a way for a large bunch of people to talk to one another online. And, just as in the real world, shared interests bring them together. So wine nerds, I mean enthusiasts, interact with others of like mind who want to know what wine matches certain foods and who’s got the best deal down Boston High Street. That’s Boston Lincolnshire as well as Boston Massachusetts.

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What do nettles have to do with astronomy?

astronomyBiodynamics is a new buzz-word in wine. The 450-plus biodynamic wine producers across the world – including such well-known names as Milton Vineyards of New Zealand and Romanee Conti of Burgundy – believe they must do more than just grow organically to make wine in a truly sustainable manner. Only by putting back into the soil everything nature produces, and I mean everything, do they believe vines can grow and wine be made in harmony with the earth’s rhythms.

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Is there the perfect wine for salad?

Villa Taurini Fiano labelMatching wine to a baby leaf and herb salad, whose only coating is sea salt and black pepper, is easy - almost any white or light red wine will go. Finding a wine for a salad dressed in oil and vinegar is a little more difficult.

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Supermarket labels in disguise

Coop storeRummage among the bottom shelves of supermarket wine aisles and you’ll find cheaper own-label wines that taste just as good as any expensive named chateau – it’s not unusual for big-name wine firms to fill a supermarket’s bottles with their spare wine. The result is a cut-price high-quality wine grown and bottled by a top vineyard but hidden behind a familiar supermarket logo.

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Wimbledon and wine

tennis racketGallons of Lanson champagne will be served with the 28,000kg of strawberries expected to be consumed over the next two weeks at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club during Wimbledon 2013. But while champagne is the traditional partner to strawberries and cream, it’s not necessarily the best match.

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Father's Day rosé

bottles of wineChoosing a gift for next Sunday's Father's Day is never that easy for sons and daughters, of whatever age. I'm sure you'll not complain when you receive the usual power tool or tankard, but it would be nice to get something rather more personalised wouldn't it? So why not help your children along by dropping subtle, or not, hints that a bottle or two of your favourite wine would be much appreciated.

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It's a rum deal

How To Fossilise Your Hamster bookI admit I was ignorant of how to go about fossilising a (deceased) pet hamster until I purchased the paperback of the same name. How To Fossilise Your Hamster: And Other Amazing Experiments For The Armchair Scientist (£6.39 on Amazon for the paperback, £4.12 for Kindle version) is a must for anyone who longed to receive a Chemistry Set for Christmas but never did. So if you've got half a bottle of rum, a can of coca cola with the fizz intact and some ice cubes you too can experiment with the contents of the drinks cabinet.

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Proper beer is homebrew

Beer tankardA look at beer this week. Why? Because Guinness just doesn’t taste like it used to and so the only way to get hold of a pint of the original is to brew it yourself. Home brewing allows you to recreate bygone beer tastes that aren’t available anymore.

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Chardonnay and chips

fish and chipsMatching South African Journey’s End Chardonnay with a plate of battered haddock, hash browns, onion rings and some token peas proved a good choice – an evening filled with guzzling and munching followed.

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Blue Nun - what's she been up to?

Blue Nun logoThe sweet German white wine drunk by over 3 million people in the 1970s has reinvented itself. Blue Nun Original is still available – though it’s drier than it used to be - but new red and white wines have been added to expand the range.

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