Dolce & Gabbana design Sicilian Rosé Wine label for Donnafugata

Donnafugata Dolce & Gabbana Rosa Wine 2019

Donnafugata have always exuded a lot of style. A few years ago in London, the winery's owner, José Rallo was giving us a tasting lunch in a smart restaurant in Clerkenwell. The wines were ripe, smooth and well designed. Whilst we tasted, Jose stood up and sang to us acapella. Having already recorded jazz albums in at the Blue Note in New York, this made for a memorable tasting experience.

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Marathon Mead Tastings - a time honoured taste sensation

Gosnells, London’s only Meadery, is running 3 Mead Tasting marathons – and a vintage Mead tasting - to explore the beauty of mead.

These will be in its bar ‘Gosnells Tasting Room’ above Coal Rooms at 11a Station Way, Peckham Rye Station, SE15 4RX.

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Local Herne Hill chip shop has UK's No.1 English wine list

Vineyards are popping up all over Britain, especially in the south of England and Wales, and from these vineyards are sprouting many an international wine award to accompany them.

Having tasted many of the English wines that are on the market I am surprised that there has not been more take up from restaurants and bars in serving our home grown splendour.

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Wine cocktails are a developing trend and less heavy than spirits

As the cold weather is drawing in and our social calendars are filling up - it is time to start thinking about festive Christmas drinks. Wine cocktails are a new trend in milder alcoholic beverages that many people are enjoying and both still and sparkling wines can be a part of that experience.

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Champagne within 2 hours across the capital: London's 4th emergency service has arrived!

Whether you are stepping out from beneath the confetti on your big day, charming the board of your company into a New Year's bonus, or simply organising an impromptu neighbourhood knees-up, realising you don’t have enough bubbly to complete the job can be a harrowing experience.

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Busting red wine and fish myths

How many times have we heard local wine-o friends tell us categorically that red wine cannot be served with fish? It is a malady of gibberish first experienced in childhood but that has a habit of reoccurring throughout life. In order to put this dubiously fishy nonsense to bed, Harry Niazi, of Olley’s Fish Experience in South London’s Herne Hill, decided to investigate with a group of wine and fish enthusiasts including Andy Neather, former wine writer for the London Evening Standard.  

 

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Fine wine tips from the Italian Deli in West Dulwich: La Gastronomia

There is Montepulicano d’Abruzzo wine everywhere in London but how do you sort the truly remarkable from the truly ordinary? Well, it is all in the taste, and considering that I have visited this winery, tasted their wines and enjoyed them emphatically, here is a very decent tip:

Cantina Zaccagnini, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo - a rich full bodied red wine with smooth silk tannin, cherry, spice and a hint of chocolate. Perfect for a whole range of dishes especially roasted foods but equally pleasant with lighter dishes or with cheese.

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