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RICHARD ESLING: An authentic Spanish experience on your doorstep

The hubbub of the busy tapas bar surrounded me in a friendly atmosphere, as I sipped a top quality bone-dry manzanilla sherry, accompanied by the best Iberico ham that money can buy, freshly cut in front of me.

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Only pink champagne will do for a very romantic evening

RICHARD ESLING: Pink champagne to fuel your passion

Despite the best efforts of our dear American President to convince us otherwise, ‘Fake Noos’ may not be such a new thing. When it comes to Saint Valentine and the origins of this much celebrated day of romanticism, there is much controversy as to its origins.

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Top of the Range Cremant de Bourgogne

RICHARD ESLING: Burgundy not only shines but it sparkles too

There are two great wine regions of the world which vie with each other for first place in the World Wine Stakes.

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The Armagnac Masterclass with Amanda Garnham of BNIA

RICHARD ESLING: Armagnac – one of France’s well-kept secrets

Armagnac. “Cognac’s little brother. A more rustic type of brandy. A rougher spirit from south west France.”

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Stony soil in Pessac-Leognan

RICHARD ESLING: The end of Dry January is in sight

For those of you who have done ‘dry January’, well done! I salute your forbearance and will-power, which is far greater than my own.

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Rully ' Reuilly, Fuisse ' Fume

RICHARD ESLING: Care needed in choosing wines with similar names

It’s one of those debates that will probably carry on forever.

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A selection of 'vinous' treats

RICHARD ESLING: Wine treats for those on two legs or four

At the risk of being accused of ‘shutting the stable door’, I’m going to write about presents – wine related of course.

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Festive fizz

RICHARD ESLING: It’s time to choose the festive fizz

Red wines, white wines, pink wines, fortified wines, they all come out at this time of year, but the wines that are the supreme leaders when it comes to celebrations are the sparklers.

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A selection of red wines for Christmas

RICHARD ESLING: Christmas reds for body and soul

Firm body, good legs, succulent and full flavoured. I’m not talking turkey, but the wines to go with it. Last week was all about a White Christmas, and after last weekend, the prospect is looking more and more likely.

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White Christmas

RICHARD ESLING: A white Christmas – guaranteed

Although a little milder at the beginning of this week, last week saw freezing temperatures in Sussex and across much of Europe as an icy blast swept down from the Arctic.

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Cellars at Chateau la Garde, one of the Dourthe Estates

RICHARD ESLING: Dourthe stands out from the crowd

The Bordeaux Wine Trade can be a complicated affair.

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A meal from the wine dinner organised by Arundel Wine Society

RICHARD ESLING: Californian wines in the limelight

The wine regions of California were in the news last month, but for all the wrong reasons.

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Wim Truter, KWV chief winemaker, at the tasting lunch

RICHARD ESLING: New wines from the old New World

The South African wines from KWV have been around for a long time – nearly 100 years in fact.

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It's International Sherry Week

RICHARD ESLING: A good excuse to buy a bottle of sherry

The great British love affair with sherry seemingly dates back to the wars between us and the Spanish Empire in the 16th century.

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Inside the winery at Chateau Laur, Cahors

RICHARD ESLING: Malbec – a powerful taste from a fragile grape

Most wine drinkers in this country will have come across the deep coloured, powerful flavoured red wine made from the Malbec grape.

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A selection of AC Bordeaux Wines

RICHARD ESLING: Bordeaux that doesn’t break the bank

In the light of auction prices of some Bordeaux wines in the hundreds of pounds per bottle (even for recent vintages), together with reports that some Bordeaux wine prices have increased seven-fold in the past ten years, one could be forgiven for avoiding wines from this region, believing that a second mortgage would be necessary to try some.

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Simpsons Wine Estate, Barham

RICHARD ESLING: Top quality is the key to English wine success

The success of English wines since their relatively recent re-birth continues unabated and I wrote earlier in 2017 about the prospect of a million vines being planted in the UK in this year alone.

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