Grow your own ginger beer plant, and you’ll never need to buy a bottle again

By Martin Isark When I was small, bottles of home-made ginger beer lined the pantry shelves –  and the thirst quenching pleasure of its peppery ginger notes still lingers on. Today, the supermarket shelves are loaded with various styles and brands of ginger beer, but nothing gets close to the satisfaction of making your ownContinue reading “Grow your own ginger beer plant, and you’ll never need to buy a bottle again”

Tasted: Dell’ Ugo Devilish Chocolate Fiorelli Dessert

By Martin Isark Want something different to impress your dinner party guests? Dell’ Ugo’s fresh pasta filled with liquid chocolate and cream cheese is a must try, especially,when served with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.

I’ve tasted Umami Dust… should you put it in the trolley or leave it on the shelf?

Should you put the Umami Dust a new Mediterranean inspired seasoning produced by the flavorist, Laura Santtini in the trolley or leave it on the shelf?

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.

Chateau Latour the Manchester United of the wine-world leaves the en-primeur league!

Chateau Latour pulls out of en-primeur selling. This is very big news indeed if you are a buyer or drinker of blue chip claret! In the wine world this is the equivalent of  Manchester United leaving the premier league! And the same sort arguments are fermenting and bubbling around Bordeaux and the fine wine world.Continue reading “Chateau Latour the Manchester United of the wine-world leaves the en-primeur league!”