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Happy wines lie ahead….

Sunday, November 16th, 2014
Vazart-Coquart Réserve Blanc de Blancs Grand Bouquet 2007I had always thought that loss and emotional pain would lead me to drink: a medicinal cure without a prescription, effective in dulling the heartache and fading the reality of the days that lie ahead. But, in the recent grief I have faced, drink has not cured my ailments in fact I’ve recoiled at the thought of sinking an extra glass in fear of loosing grip on my control. What it has done is made me realise my emotional attachment to wine. To me it embodies happy times, memorable occasions, a journey of discovery with friends, family and work mates. It’s for this reason that I’ve not posted for a while, wine simply has not been in my glass but as the cloud starts to lift and the darkness fades I am grateful that the happy season is what greets me on the other side and if recent events have taught me one thing it’s that there’s truth in the old saying “life is too short to drink bad wine.”


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Music to your tastebuds…

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

If Mondial Wine Direct was a music app it’d be the Italian wine version of spotify: an overwhelmingly comprehensive database of every Italian wine style you could ever desire. From classic oldies like Barolo to the crowd pleasing likeability of Barbara d’Alba. They have an Italian wine for every mood, food group and time of day. And they have offered 20% off all wines until the end of the month. Bellisimo!

Don’t know where to start? Here are our top wines to look out for:

Barbera d'AlbaBatasiolo Barbera D’alba Sovrana 2011, Piedmonte
£12.96 (£10.37 with your Miss Bouquet discount)
That’s Bar-bear-rah, not Barbara, and it’s a beginning of the week wine, a treat on a Monday that will double your money if left open until Tuesday because it’s a mellower. A wine that mellows with time and tastes even better the next day. It’s earthy, oaky and a bit horsey but don’t let that put you off because with all disregard for nature it’s like a cherry tree that blossoms, blooms and fruits over night. By Tuesday it’s all cherries and freshness. #TastyTuesday. ………

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The London Wine Experience….

Monday, October 6th, 2014


There’s something a little bit Chloe-Jasmine about the Bettane&Desseauve London Wine Experience. It’s a repeat performance, it’s being held in Chelsea, darrhling, and with a wine line-up including the likes of Ruinart, Taittinger, Château Branaire-Ducru, Domaine des Perdrix, Domaine Laroche, Masciarelli and Roberto Voerzio it’s most definitely posh! Move over Decanter Fine Wine Encounter you have some competition in town! Grab your diaries and email your most wine-loving of pals as we have 15 pairs of tickets to give away free of charge for the 24th or 25th October, just tweet or RT to win:

“I want to win tickets to the @BettaneDesseauv #wineexperience thanks to @MissBouquet! #giveaway”

For more details on the London Wine Experience click, venue, timings and masterclasses click here. ………

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Code red…. National Burger Day….

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

National Burger DayForget the Bake Off, it’s time for the humble burger’s 10 minutes of fame. Everywhere we look pubs and restaurants are striving to make the perfect burger so it’s no surprise a day has been created to acknowledge it’s importance as a staple piece of British cuisine. Yes it’s National Burger Day on the 27th August and the thoughtful Mr Hyde has got restaurants and pubs across the land to celebrate by offering 20% off burgers that day.

Count. Me. In.

Thing is, with the bank holiday upon us I can’t help but thinking there’ll be a few burgers on BBQ’s this weekend too. If that sounds like you then here are my top picks for that perfect of pairings: ………

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And the winner is…

Thursday, August 21st, 2014
sugar pink food
Wine is synonymous with food, but rarely the two actually meet on the same plate. Ok, sometimes in a savoury form; think red wine in bolognese or white in risotto. Right now though a trend is emerging of the sweet variety. Enter Pop Champagne ice lollies, and English wine sorbet.
They may sound a little unusual which is why you may agree that it takes a certain sort of intuition and inventiveness to foresee the trend then dream up the concepts.It’s for this reason that we’re delighted to announce that Sugar Pink Food is the winner of Hardy’s Chardonnay Blogger Challenge. Latoyah, the brains behind the blog hosted a blind Chardonnay tasting of Hardy’s Chardonnay and created three Chardonnay inspired recipes for her guests:


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House wine….

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Drinkaware Track & calculateAt a wine tasting hen party I hosted last week one of the lovely hens was encouraging me to make my own wine. She got her home kit from Wilkos and worked out that a bottle can cost less than £1.50 to make. Wow. I couldn’t hide my admiration for her dedication to having affordable wine literally on tap in her home. This I must try.

In the same week one enterprising duo on Dragon’s Den got funding to grow their home-brew cider kits targeting the uni student market.  Ready in tens days all you have to do is add water and voila, 20 pints of cider for £24.99. That’s £1.25 a pint! While Duncan Bannatyne snatched up a serious measure of Victor’s Drinks for a bargain Deborah Meaden made her feelings clear and distanced herself entirely from the sensitive subject of large volumes of extremely cheap alcohol being made widely available…. Could home-brew kits be next on the anti-alcohol lobby hit list? ………

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