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Tasted: Pinot Noir

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By Martin Isark
If you buy your red burgundy from a top-notch traditional wine merchant or direct from one of Burgundy’s great Pinot Noir producers, then at a price, red burgundy has no equals. Unfortunately though, most red burgundies found at UK’s supermarkets, are at their worst barely drinkable, and at their best, poor value for money. Want to drink some decent Pinot Noir? Go straight to the New Zealand & Aussie shelves. Read more

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Ever asked for a Bourbon and been poured a Jack Daniel’s instead?

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By Martin Isark
Ever asked for a Bourbon and been poured a Jack Daniel’s instead? It’s a common mistake by barman: JD is actually a Tennessee whiskey, while bourbon is synonymous with Kentucky – all but a couple of brands of bourbon are made there, and Kentucky is the only state allowed to put its name on the bottle. Read more

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Tasted: Speyside & Highland Malt Whiskies

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By Martin Isark
With good reason, most Scottish distilleries lie in the Speyside area or in the surrounding Highlands. The cleanly flowing rivers, peat and easy access to high-quality barley mean that the distilleries there always have an economical edge over those on the islands, where higher production and transport costs have led to the closure of so many of the distilleries. Read more

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Tasted: Cloudy Bay from New Zealand

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By Martin Isark
Tasted Cloudy Bay from New Zealand? Wine drinkers over the years will have perused wine lists and retailers’ shelves for Cloudy Bay’s award-wining sauvignon blanc.  Read more

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Shopping for Risotto Rice?

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By Martin Isark
Rice like grapes has thousands of different varieties, but just as with grapes only a relatively small number make it onto the supermarket shelves.   Read more