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Re: Prosecco Craze

Babycham
even longer ago than most stories on here, I was at a wedding and I was watching guests go up to the bar to order their drinks, so I thought if they can do, so can I and I collected a Babycham for my self, much amusement from the elders, I thought it was a posh lemonade.

However things have moved on since, We buy most wine from The Wine Society in Stevenage, or from their shop in Montreuil sur Mer near Le Touquest.

Favourites are South American Merlots and variations of,

However a white wine I have taken a fancy to is a Lawson Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. It is "brewed" by the son of a school friend of mine from 50 60 years ago.
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Re: Prosecco Craze

I drink far too much red wine, and am partial to Rioja .

Anyone remember Morrell's (of Oxford) College Ale? A very strong winter brew. A pub I used to frequent when I lived in Herts used to get in two barrels a year and rather than sell it over Christmas the landlord kept one for Easter and the other for the spring bank holiday. That extra maturation produced a drink the like of which I've never tasted before or since. Marvellous stuff. Another brewery taken over and closed - this time by Marston's rather than Greed King.
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Introducing a new element here. Our local charges more for a pint than I paid in the West End last week and 80p more than my favourite East End boozer - for Doombar which if kept well is excellent. Plus, the owner is a miserable g*t so we usually drink Butcoombe bottled beer at home or the excellent Betty Skoges from Skinners.

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My village local also charges more for a pint of Peroni than it costs in Covent Garden . It's mainly that their turn over is so much smaller that the distributors charge the pub much for the barrel. I would grumble but I don't drink it
I'm grateful to still have a village pub when so many have gone.
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I drink far too much red wine, and am partial to Rioja .
I'm rather too fond of red as well. It is rather frustrating that when most UK wine merchants look at Spain their imagination stops at Rioja. Spain produces a tremendous variety of wines, some very good indeed. A lot is quite reasonably priced over there - of course it would cost a lot more in the shops here, but it would be nice to have the choice. Oh well, I can feel a trip to Extremadura coming on

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Re: Prosecco Craze

A close friend of mine invests in really good wines, his cellar has to be seen to be believed, air con and all the bells and flutes necessary .
His drinking wines amount to 500 bottles , stored in another cellar.

His advice on drinking wine ?

" If it costs £1.00 a bottle or £1000.00 a bottle, if you like it, what else matters? "
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Re: Prosecco Craze

Anyone remember the ads for Campari?
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I enjoy a good red on occasions, Merlot being my favourite, but I find that some give me a throbbing head; so I avoid any red of dubious quality nowadays.

On the subject of beers, I very much enjoyed a pint of Titanic Stout recently. Unfortunately Titanic ales are not that easy to find but they are well worth looking out for if you enjoy that sort of thing.
My defaults are Malbec (the main contributor to flavour in Merlot) or Rioja. At the moment I have Chilean Malbec and Australian Shiraz open for dinner. Our "house wine" used to be the Spanish Marques de Leon red from Tesco but they don't stock it any more.

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A close friend of mine invests in really good wines, his cellar has to be seen to be believed, air con and all the bells and flutes necessary .
His drinking wines amount to 500 bottles , stored in another cellar.

His advice on drinking wine ?

" If it costs £1.00 a bottle or £1000.00 a bottle, if you like it, what else matters? "
Good advice.

By the way the correct temperature at which to chambré red wine is abut 15C.

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My defaults are Malbec (the main contributor to flavour in Merlot) or Rioja. At the moment I have Chilean Malbec and Australian Shiraz open for dinner. Our "house wine" used to be the Spanish Marques de Leon red from Tesco but they don't stock it any more.

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Eh? How'd you figure that?

Malbec is malbec is a grape variety. Sometimes it is a 100% varietal wine, traditionally Cahors in France but its now considered the 'home grape' of Argentina who make excellent wines with it. However, it is often used in blends to add a touch of depth and spice, for example St Emilion (posh 'left bank' Bordeaux) is primarily merlot with 5-10% of something else, normally Cabernet Franc but sometimes Malbec, this is to augment and round the taste but certainly not the main contributor of flavour - far from it.

edit: interestingly (if you're into this kind of thing) in the 'old world' if you call something Malbec (or any variety) it has to be just that, 100% Malbec but in the New World you can actually blend so something that is called Malbec might also have 10% Cabernet in it to provide a bit of complexity of fruit flavour.
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Eh? How'd you figure that?

Malbec is malbec is a grape variety. Sometimes it is a 100% varietal wine, traditionally Cahors in France but its now considered the 'home grape' of Argentina who make excellent wines with it. However, it is often used in blends to add a touch of depth and spice, for example St Emilion (posh 'left bank' Bordeaux) is primarily merlot with 5-10% of something else, normally Cabernet Franc but sometimes Malbec, this is to augment and round the taste but certainly not the main contributor of flavour - far from it.

edit: interestingly (if you're into this kind of thing) in the 'old world' if you call something Malbec (or any variety) it has to be just that, 100% Malbec but in the New World you can actually blend so something that is called Malbec might also have 10% Cabernet in it to provide a bit of complexity of fruit flavour.
Get a couple of pints of Abbot down your neck and you'll forget all the above nonsense!

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Get a couple of pints of Abbot down your neck and you'll forget all the above nonsense!

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Ha ha, Abbot is loopy juice.. Actually I don't really like Abbot, something about the flavour doesn't sit well with me - I tend to like a bit more hops.

Generally love beer though, spent Saturday sitting in the rain waiting for the Flying Scotsman to go past and drank the pub out of their Caledonian Brewery Scotsman ale. Train was later than expected so fortunately the ale wasn't as strong as Abbot!
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My village local also charges more for a pint of Peroni than it costs in Covent Garden . It's mainly that their turn over is so much smaller that the distributors charge the pub much for the barrel. I would grumble but I don't drink it
I'm grateful to still have a village pub when so many have gone.
Agree about the volume, my instance was Covent Garden too. But such a big difference between two pubs neither in the West End, I can't understand. My neighbour will not set foot in the place because of what he sees as extortionist pricing. Who knows how many others have voted with their feet?

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Re: Prosecco Craze

If we are going to talk ale, Ghost Ship is a lovely way to set three sheets to the wind.

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If we are going to talk ale, Ghost Ship is a lovely way to set three sheets to the wind.

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I agree. A pint of Adnams Ghost Ship in top condition is a magnificent drink.

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Re: Prosecco Craze

The following, typically at least three at any one time, are to be found in our beer cupboard:

Ruddles County

Courage Directors

Badgers Tanglefoot and

Fursty Ferret (my wife's personal stock)

Morland Old Speckled Hen

Shepherds Neame Spitfire

Wychwood Hobgoblin


For treats:

Sharp's Doombar

Adnams Ghost Ship

St Austell Proper Job

Purity UBU

and a few others.


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