Hey you’ve gotta have bubbles during the Christmas or Hogmanay festivities

Hey you’ve gotta have bubbles during the Christmas or Hogmanay festivities, but it doesn’t have to be champagne. If you fancy buck’s fizz (champagne and orange juice) or black velvet (champagne and Guinness), you’ll find that a good-quality fizz works just as well, and is a good deal cheaper.

UK’s Top Ten Supermarkets: How They Rate

At Number 1 is Waitrose. Score: 9.5 /10 Price v Value for Money: Waitrose’s own label prices for weekly staples (sliced bread, butter, milk…) are very competitive and often as not will be at a similar level to ones at Sainsbury’s & Tesco. But stray away to the more enticing products at your cost!

Follow the winemaker not the grape variety

Great winemakers can make relatively ordinary indigenous grape varieties sing with flavour. For example, Spain’s white, thick skinned, heavily pipped and low yielding Albarino grape would not be vine of choice for any of the world’s viticulturists or oenologists.

Food’s fifth taste and it’s not umami

There is a growing momentum in the restaurant world to promote umami, the natural flavour enhancer in some types of food, to the elevated position of the fifth taste! The first four are: sweet, salty, sour and bitter.  Sorry guys.  You are a thousand or so years too late.  Food and drink’s fifth taste isContinue reading “Food’s fifth taste and it’s not umami”