Wine

Jilly Goolden isn't infallible

BBC 2 logoPretending to be Jilly Goolden, of BBC2's long running Food and Drink programme, while swirling and sniffing the contents of each wine glass is half the fun of wine appreciation. But sometimes, I admit it, I need help identifying a wine’s aromas. Just because someone tells you they smell and taste wines for a living it doesn’t make their judgement infallible.

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Tesco barbecue reds of the week

Da Luca MerlotTo compete with the smoky tangs of barbecued food you need robustly-flavoured red wines. Match this weekend's burnt offerings to these four cherry and plum tasting blends from Tesco.

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I'm an expert, Tesco says so

I'm an expert, Tesco Wines by the Case says so. A Mature Times review of one of their special offer whites caught their eye. Shame they've posted it next to the wrong wine.

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Let's celebrate the end of exams

degree mortar boardIt’s the end of June and that means the end of exams. Perhaps you’ve just taken your evening class GCSE or know someone who’s handed in their very last essay. So how do you celebrate should the results prove to be a winner? Well it's got to start with the opening of a bottle of bubbly.

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Summer white wines

summer saladSummer is now officially here and with it the hope of sultry days and the need for a cooling drink. So now’s the time to choose chilled whites as these make a good choice for wine lovers looking for refreshment. Cold meats and light vegetarian dishes are a good stand-by on a hot evening and the citrus and buttery smells and taste of white wine make a good match.

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Co-op white wines of the week

Coop logoSummer is now officially here and with it the hope of sultry days and the need for a cooling drink. So now’s the time to choose Co-op own-label chilled whites as these make a good choice for wine lovers looking for refreshment.

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Rose for Father's Day

rose and glassChoosing 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 hints that a bottle or two of a more unusual choice, a substantial rosé perhaps, would be much appreciated.

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Tea towel technique

champagne corkShake a bottle of champagne before you open it and, inevitably, the cork will fly out of the bottle. With luck it won’t hit a piece of priceless china or take someone’s eye out. Because opening a bottle of fizzy wine can be a dangerous business.

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Champagnes of the week

Champagne topBefore you get to Le Mans, put in some practice opening these tasty bottles of champagne - all on special offer.

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Dan Gurney starts to spray

champagne frothFor Dan Gurney fans, and those interested in the Formula One champagne spraying tradition, here's how it all started.

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