Easter Sweeties….

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Have you given halfhearted instructions to your family that you’re too old for Easter eggs now…. and sort of on a diet anyway…. but know you’re going to feel forlorn when the mini-eggs are passed around to everyone but you?! Well worry not, there are still plenty of ways to get your sugar fix and Easter treat. Here are three suggestions: ………

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Women, wine, homes and apps….

Friday, April 11th, 2014

It’s nearly three years since I launched My Wine Friend app for the iPhone and sales are still going strong, even Women & Home magazine picked up on it and wrote this little piece on what it’s all about (cue cringeworthy pic… !)

During those three years loads of wine apps have been released. One of my favourites is wotwine, a nifty little wine bottle barcode scanner that gives you independent reviews on a wine you might be thinking of buying there and then while you’re in the wine aisle. Which is just what you need if you’re not sure which bottle to get or which will go with what you’re cooking for dinner, or whether the liquid in the bottle is worth the price tag on the shelf. You see, pretty nifty. ………

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Wines in full bloom….

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Riesling, Viognier and Torrontes are all aromatic white wines I like to drink but seldom order unless I’m eating Asian style foods with a bit of spice. It’s been drummed into us: aromatic whites go with Japanese, Thai and Chinese which is great because they’re always a safe combo but aromatic whites are equally, if not more so, perfect staples for Spring time drinking too.

What sets an aromatic white apart from trusty whites like Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio is very much as the name suggests; they’re perfumed, scented, fragrant, distinctive and sometimes pungent which means finding one
you like can be a bit of a gamble.

Here are a couple that are very much in full bloom:

Harvey Nichols Clare Valley Riesling 2012, South Australia (£16.00) is everything I wish all Rieslings could be: brimming with grapefruit, lemon blossom and sherbet characters, so fresh and citrusy on the finish that your mouth literally salivates for more. It’s a style that’s typically Clare Valley Riesling and should be a go-to region for anyone that likes their’s dry not sweet.

Bellingham The Bernard Series Hand-Picked Viognier 2013 (£10.99) from The Co-operative Food is peachy, peach blossom in particular and like apricot jam on a hot croissant, it’s smooth, full and naughty but nice.

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Ideal Home Show? Ideal Wine Show….

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

The Ideal Home Show is back round again and is in full swing as I type. If you haven’t been able to pop down there just yet then there’s still time and here’s your chance to get your hands on a couple of free tickets. If the thought of all the inspiration on show to make your home ideal wasn’t enough home I’ll be hosting an interactive wine tasting masterclass with Australian winemaker Jamie Saint from McGuigan on Friday 28th March at 14.45 at the Food & Drink Theatre. We’ll be presenting some mouth watering wines to inspire you on what to pour on those imminent family occasions: Mother’s Day and Easter.

And I have 3 pairs of tickets to give away! All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is post your ideal wine in the comments box below. Winners will be chosen at random on Tuesday 25th March and notified via email. Tickets will be available for collection from the ticket Office at Earls Court and will be valid for any day of the show (Wednesday 26th – Sunday 30th March). Your email address will not be shared with any other parties.

Hope to see you there!

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Wine glasses make us happy….

Friday, March 14th, 2014

MissBouquet.com is under going some changes and will be live with new facilities to enhance your wine tasting experiences very shortly, but in the mean time here is a little musical interlude. This is Dan Newbie playing Pharrell Williams’ Happy on wine glasses!

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Know it all white…

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

This is one for the wine know-it-all in your life. Everyone has one, I am it amongst my friends and family and I would be lying if I pretended that until recently I’d barely come across a bottle of this curious Italian white grape. Falangina, which sounds like a cross between something a bit saucy and a bottle of Orangina is in fact nothing to do with either, I’d describe it as a cross in flavours between a Viognier and a Chardonnay. Typically it is aromatic and can come in the form of a food wine or a quaffer. The foodie Falangina’s are rich, opulent and textured in the same way that most whites from Alsace are and the quaffers are lighter and fresh but still perfumed.

Hailing from Italy Falangina is always a little unusual, interesting and full of character and handily you can find them at an array of price points. There’s a great one for foodies from Harvey Nichols which is on the brink of release but to whet your appetite until then try this budget friendly, quaffing option from The Coop. Rocca Vecchia Falanghina 2012 from Puglia, £6.99. Think refreshing, apricot, honeysuckle and blossom. Serve chilled. Now you know it all.

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