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Quinta da Casaboa Winery – Portugal (Episode 174)

Another episode from our visit to the 2019 London Wine Fair where we have the great pleasure to talk to Joana Paes the General Manager at Quinta da Casaboa Winery about her family’s wine produced just a way outside of Portugal’s capital Lisbon.

Joana is the General manager of her Family’s winery, having grown up in the winery is part of life. The vineyard is 50km outside of Lisbon and very near the sea which has a fantastic effect on the taste of the grapes.

Joana goes on to explain the grapes they grow in their vineyard and the types of wine that they produce.

To find out more about the wine please take a look at Joana’s company’s web site: –
www.quintacasaboa.com

Apologies for the photographs of the wine not appearing on the video, photographs will, however, be available shortly.

 

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Spirit of Masham Gins (Episode 173)

In this episode, we have the absolute pleasure of visiting Carol and Derek at the Spirit of Masham Distillery.

Derek explains how and why they entered the Gin Distilling world.

He explains the ingredients and what makes their gin unique.

Their love for the Gin world prompted them to also start a Gin experience at their premises which not only gives you the history of gin but also lets you distil your own unique personalised gin with advice on what botanicals to add to get the desired taste you would like from the distillery’s distillers.

We then go on to taste Derek and Carol’s world-class gins.

To find out more about Masham Gins and their Gin School take a look at their website:-
https://corksandcases.com/

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19 Crimes Red Wine (Episode 187)   Recently updated !

We have the great pleasure and privilege of tasting a bottle of 19 Crimes Red wine from South East Australia, with a very special guest – Anabelle McVine from the YouTube Channel WineScribble.

John L had first tried this in a restaurant in the United States where it cost considerably more than the price he was able to buy it for in the UK from a discount store – BM.

The wine is aged in a rum barrel to help give it it’s unique taste profile.

As experienced red wine drinkers both John M and Annabelle thought the taste profile was not quite complex enough for their personal tastes. They both felt. however, that if you were beginning your red wine journey this would be an excellent bottle to try.

To find out more about Annabelle’s channel take a look at her website https://winescribble.com/

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Greek Wines (Episode 172)

In this video, we talk to Grigoris Michailos about Greek Wine at the 2019 London Wine Fair.
Grigoris discusses the hundreds of years of wine history there is in Greece.
Surprisingly two-thirds of the wine produced in Greece is white wine because 79% of the Greek landmass is mountainous.

Take a look at the website Wines of Greece (https://winesofgreece.org) for more information on the wonderful world of Greek Wines.

 

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Divine Gin Cocktail (Episode 171)

In this short episode, we learn how to make a new cocktail based on The House of Divine’s Gin.

This is a spectacular cocktail, created by Matt Stanley, that you should already have the ingredients for at home.

Pour 50 ml of Divine Gin into a cocktail shaker
Add 25ml of St Germain
Add 35 ml of mixed Lemon and Lime Juice
Shake over ice
Pour all of the contents from the shaker into your cocktail glass
Garnish with Mint and an Orange Twirl
(or top and tail lemongrass and twist into the drink)
And Serve…

 

 

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Ostatu Rioja Wine Reviewed (Episode 170 Part 3)

Following on from our visit to the London Wine Fair we now get to taste the wonderful wine that is – Ostatu Rioja.

This wine certainly did not disappoint!

It looked delicious even before we had even smelt or tasted it!

Everything you would hope for in a Rioja was correct and present in just the right balance!

What can we say – well, take a look and find out just how much we both enjoyed this excellent wine!

 

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Ostatu Rioja Wine (Episode 170 Part 2)

In the second part of this episode, we interview Mariasum Saenz de Samaniego Berganzo, one of the family owners of the Ostatu winery.

This winery is located in the Rioja wine region of Spain and was established, in its current format in 1972, although Mariasum’s family have been involved with wine since the 16th century!

The Rioja region spans 60,000 hectares and is split into three basic areas.

The region comprises of very large wineries and very small vineyards,
Just one and a half hours away from Bilbao Airport this region is very accessible for anyone who wants to experience one of the great wine regions of the world.

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Txakolina Wine (Episode 170 Part 1)

This episode is from our visit to the 2019 London Wine Fair where we interview Ainhoa Gabaram about the wonderful wines available from the Basque region of Spain.

The region that Ainhoa hails from is on the very north coast of Spain, a map of it’s position can be found on our website at
Ainhao gives a very interesting brief background of the history of wine from this region and explains what wines you will like if you already enjoy more common types of wine like Sauvignon, Chardonnay etc.

 

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Num8er 8 Gin Cocktail (Episode 169)

In this episode, Matt Stanley from the House of Divine gin demonstrates how to make a simple Gin Cocktail from x ingredients, all of which are easily available from your local supermarket.

The base spirit has just been recently launched by Eorl Crabtree, the famous International Rugby player, NUMB8ER 8 gin, details of where you can purchase it from can be seen below.

Recipe
Add 5 Blueberries into a cocktail shaker
Then…
3 green grapes
3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
3 dashes of Aromatic Bitters
12.5ml of Crème de Peche
40ml of NUMB8ER 8 Gin
3 leaves of Mint
Give the contents of the shaker a nice long hard shake
Leave to rest while you prepare your glass
Add Ice to glass
Then add 15ml St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
Stir ice in the glass to chill the liqueur down a little
Add all the contents of your cocktail shaker into the glass over the ice
Now add 10ml of Lemon juice
And finally, finish with a Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic
Stir to combine
Slice off some peel from a firm orange including a small amount of the pith
Twist over the drink to express all of the oils from the peel, before adding the peel to the glass
And serve…
See how the expert does it and then give it a go!

 


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Wines of Romania (Episode 168)

We talk to Lucian Timofanovici who was helping man the Wines of Romania stand at the 2019 London Wine Fair.

Lucian introduces himself and then goes onto to discuss the Romanian wine.

Lucian explains that Romania is the 5th largest European producer of wine, but only 5% of it is currently exported.

Lucian then goes on to discuss the grapes and wines available from Romania.

 

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