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Must grouse wine matches be classic?

Must grouse wine matches be classic?

I’m always in two minds about whether to write about the beginning of the grouse season. After all only a tiny number of people will be sufficiently interested - or well-heeled - to bag the first birds that arrive on restaurant tables this evening.

How to match beer and food

How to match beer and food

I was recently asked the question: "What am i looking for when matching beer and food? Do I want a beer with a similar taste or should I be looking for a contrast?"

Chinese New Year is a celebration of feasts and family

Chinese New Year is a celebration of feasts and family

Food, drink and travel writer Qin Xie explains what the Chinese drink with the most important feast of the year and what goes down well in her own family.

Which tea to drink for the Chinese New Year?

Which tea to drink for the Chinese New Year?

Chinese tea on the face of it would seem the perfect drink to welcome in the Chinese New Year but it’s slightly more complicated than that as Lu Zhou and Timothy d’Offay of Postcard Teas explain.

10 tips for cold weather drinking

10 tips for cold weather drinking

With temperatures falling well below freezing this weekend it’s a timely reminder that matching drinks is not just about flavour but temperature and alcohol levels too.

What sort of wine to buy in a bin end sale: 12 tips to help you bag a bargain

What sort of wine to buy in a bin end sale: 12 tips to help you bag a bargain

If friends and family have drunk you out of house and home over the holiday you may be looking to top up your stocks at this time of year, especially as many merchants have bin end or clearance sales. But is buying wine that way a good idea?

My best buys from Sainsbury’s current 25% off wine deal (November 2016)

My best buys from Sainsbury’s current 25% off wine deal (November 2016)

Sainsbury’s is currently running its second 25% off promotion this autumn with some particularly good offers on its own Taste the Difference (TTD) range. The Chablis and Chateauneuf are also bargains.

The best of Waitrose’s white wines, fizz and stickies: November 2016

The best of Waitrose’s white wines, fizz and stickies: November 2016

There are always so many wines at the Waitrose tasting I rarely end up doing justice to the whites but here are some bottles I’ve picked out for Christmas, along with some fizz and stickies.

My pick of the current Waitrose reds: November 2016

My pick of the current Waitrose reds: November 2016

So it’s 25% off promotion time again, kicking off with Waitrose. My guess is this is the last one they'll have before Christmas so take advantage. The offer lasts until November 8th.

My best white, rose, sparkling and sherry buys from the current Waitrose wine deal

My best white, rose, sparkling and sherry buys from the current Waitrose wine deal

I’ve already posted my top reds from Waitrose’s current 25% off wine promotion this weekend - here is what I’d buy from their whites and rosés.

12 of the best reds from Waitrose’s current 25% off promotion

12 of the best reds from Waitrose’s current 25% off promotion

Waitrose has a short 25% off wine promotion this weekend which runs until next Tuesday, June 7th

My 25 top picks from Sainsbury’s current 25% off deal (May 2016)

My 25 top picks from Sainsbury’s current 25% off deal (May 2016)

The run up to the spring bank holiday is always a good time to buy wine with supermarkets intent on getting us to stock up for our summer drinking.

The 10 trickiest foods to match with wine

The 10 trickiest foods to match with wine

Look up any guide to food and wine matching and you’ll find a list of foods that are regarded as anathema to wine. I’ve done it myself but have come to the conclusion recently that the problems are often overstated.

How to eat - and drink - like a Tuscan

How to eat - and drink - like a Tuscan

A re-run of a piece I wrote a few years ago following a trip to Tuscany which reminded me how differently Italians approach food and wine from how we would eat and drink in an Italian restaurant here or at home.

Italian beer and food matching at Tozi

Italian beer and food matching at Tozi

Sophie Atherton reports on the introduction of a new range of 'birra artigianale' (craft beer) at ciccetti restaurant, Tozi.

The best match for caviar - vodka or champagne?

The best match for caviar - vodka or champagne?

For those of you who are lucky enough to be serving caviar this New Year's Eve I just dug this post I wrote back in 2009 out of the archives. Is champagne or vodka the better pairing? (I must confess the *research* was fun ...)

10 of the best champagne buys under £20

10 of the best champagne buys under £20

Champagne is once again a Christmas battleground between the supermarkets though I haven’t spotted quite so many £8 and £9 bottles this year (I suspect we may see a few next week). Best avoided anyway: here’s the best of what’s available under £20 this weekend. Note prices may have changed by the time you read this.

20 good buys from Tesco's current 25% off deal

20 good buys from Tesco's current 25% off deal

The last weekend in November is becoming as big as the post Christmas sales with the added bonus that there’s some reason to take advantage of the offers rather than just nab bargains for the sake of it.

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