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Our Martin Gives an Insiders Guide to Champagne & Fizz

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By Martin Isark
If fizz is on your must buy list this Christmas… then my champagne & fizz jargon demystified… is a must read:      Read more

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Forget those overpriced flowers and buy champagne

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By Martin Isark
Why is it that when school holidays come around flights & holidays double in price? Why is it when Valentine’s Day nears those romantic roses rocket in price?  Likewise if you are celebrating Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday you’ll find that the price of flowers have soared again! Not very romantic or Christian in my book!

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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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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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Tasted: Wines from Laithwaite’s

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By Martin Isark
Tasted Laithwaite’s Easter Wine selection, Domaine Serge Laporte Sancerre,Gaston Burtin Premier Cru Champagne, Mission Estate Pinot Noir New Zealand and Imaginacio by Masperla Priorat, Spain. Are they worth a punt? Read more

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Tasted: Boroli Barolo Piedmont Italy

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By Martin Isark
Tasted Modern Style Boroli Barolo? Barolo is made from the thick-skinned nebbiolo grape that’s grown in Italy’s Piedmont region. There are two styles of Barolo, the Old Traditional and the Modern. There is much debate, over the last twenty years or so, which is the better, but whichever style, a Barolo wine is going to be big and powerful!

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Tasted: Pinot Noir from New Zealand & Australia

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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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Tasted: Veggie Red Wine from Italy

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By Martin Isark
Araldica Corsini Barbaresco? 
A richly flavoured Italian red wine that’s good enough to complement your best home-cooked food! Your wine savvy mates will love it too.

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Tasted: Veggie Gewürztraminer from Alsace

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By Martin Isark
Such is the quality of this Gewurztraminer from Alsace... it makes me happy just thinking about it! Read more

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Tasted: White Burgundy

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By Martin Isark
Yes, the grape is chardonnay, but  white burgundy from the Burgundy region in France takes the ubiquitous chardonnay to another level. Read more