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Thursday, 03 October 2013 13:31

Italy-Fruili

Friuli-Venezia Giulia is a wine region at the far north-eastern corner of Italy. Set in a landscape defined by coastal flat lands, mountains and plateaux, it is bordered by Austria to the north and Slovenia to the east. To the south lies the Gulf of Trieste, while the massed ranks of Veneto vines spread for miles to the west.

Tuesday, 01 October 2013 16:48

Wine and Oak

Love and marriage or the horse and carriage, you can’t have one without the other, sang Frank Sinatra in the mid 1950s. Around the same time a new and now seemingly inseparable partnership – wine and wood – was beginning to blossom.

Tuesday, 01 October 2013 12:10

Beaujolais Basics

The wine of Beaujolais is bright red and produced from the Gamay grape – a variety that was until the 14th century the main grape of the entire Burgundy region.

Sunday, 29 September 2013 14:53

Beaujolais

Soon after the third Thursday in November the windows of licensed restaurants and wine retailers would display the legend, Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé. Across the planet the same sign would appear – for a few weeks in November, Beaujolais became the world’s favourite drink.

 

Saturday, 28 September 2013 07:23

Pessac & Sauternes

The Bordeaux wine regions on the Left bank of the Gironde River occupy a strip of sandy, gravelly soil, bordered by extensive coniferous forests. This along with Bordeaux’s position halfway between the North Pole and the Equator, plus the warming influence of the nearby Atlantic Gulf Stream, ensure a balanced climate ideal for producing strong wines with structure and strength, as well as finesse and elegance

Saturday, 28 September 2013 06:23

The Left Bank-Medoc

Surprisingly perhaps, there is no left bank wine appellation (legally controlled category of wine). Instead the area is divided into two main appellations, the Medoc to the north of Bordeaux city and Graves to the south and west. These in turn are complemented by several legally classified sub regions.

Sunday, 08 September 2013 13:45

The Rhone Valley

The Rhone Valley

Wine making in the Rhone goes back a long way, the Greeks who founded Marseille  in 600 bc planted vines, later the Romans came and extended viticulture to the centre and north of the valley.

Saturday, 31 August 2013 21:52

The Market Quarter - Now Closed

Marché du Quartier – the market quarter – is a family based specialist retailer of fine foods and wines especially from France and Mediterranean countries

Saturday, 31 August 2013 20:34

Le marché du quartier

Marché du Quartier – the market quarter – is a family based specialist retailer of fine foods and wines especially from France and Mediterranean countries

Secreted away in Covent Garden, French Bubbles strives to be Gallic, with displays of  Champagnes, cheese and charcuterie. Mismatched furniture and reclaimed materials aim to add a stamp of authentic French flair.