Wine

Rosés aren't cool

Rosés drunk straight from the fridge provide a refreshing drink, but you may not be tasting them at their best. Two rosés that taste best at room temperature came to light while investigating Think Pink for livingit.com - Les Jamelles Grenache Shiraz and Quinta de Covela.

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Does Mumm know best?

champagneSome odd looking bottles of champagne were handed out to Kimi Räikkönen, Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton on the winners podium at today's French Grand Prix. Not the expected large bottles of Mumm but unbranded champagne bottles labelled with just their winning positions of one, two and three. Does this mean Mumm's seven-year sponsorship of Formula One has come to an end?

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1966 and all that

Italian flagReading through Bonhams auction notes for today’s wine sale makes me wish I had four-hundred pounds lying around to buy lots 736 and 737. Buying then comparing a 1947 Barolo against its younger 1966 counterpart would not only be an education for someone who’s never tasted a wine made before 1982, but also help prove whether Italy’s 1963 wine laws had any effect.

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Fumé marvellous

Fume BlancMatching Mondavi Fumé Blanc 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. The glossy-green of Mondavi’s Sauvignon Blanc Fumé matched the treacle tones of the battered meal and awakened the signals from eye to stomach. A hard choice followed - drink or eat?

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No more worries over red wine stains

wine dressIt might sound daft, but you can make a dress out of wine. If you fancy having a go you’ll need twelve bottles of cheap Australian red wine and patience. Two weeks and a vat of red wine vinegar later, you’ll have enough Mother of Vinegar ‘material’ to make a mini-dress.

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