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Winning whites to take to friends

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Nie verbasend nie, my friends always expect me to bring a decent bottle of wine whenever I come to stay, but they don’t generally specify what colour it should be. The other week, egter, one pal pleaded plaintively: “P...

Are bargain wines really worth buying?

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With prices soaring across the board, last month’s news that Tesco has launched a range of wines at under £5 might seem welcome – but how good a wine can you really get for that kind of money? Die antwoord, I found, is ...

‘I am taking this personally’: Victorian crossbencher Fiona Patten bemused by federal Labor preference deal

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The Victorian state crossbench MP Fiona Patten says she will re-evaluate her relationship with the Andrews government after federal Labor placed Derryn Hinch’s Justice party and the Liberal Democrats above her party o...

What’s Scottish, but not scotch? Why spirits are rising in Scotland

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At the Sugar House distillery in Dumbarton, there’s a stag’s head on the wall. That’s not unusual for Scotland, you might say, and you’d be right – except that this one is used as a hatstand – a metaphorical two finge...

Old-world wines v new: what’s the difference?

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Someone on Twitter recently asked if it was it appropriate to use the term “new world” in relation to wine. Over the past couple of decades, it’s been a useful, if lazy, shorthand for the mainly southern hemisphere co...

Bubblies that won’t break the bank this Christmas

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As I write, rumours are swirling around that there’s going to be a shortage of champagne in the run-up to Christmas. It seems hard to credit given the squillions of bottles the Champenois produce every year, and it do...

Reginald Mobley is digging deep for forgotten musical treasures

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There’s a quote on the American countertenor Reginald Mobley’s website that sums him up: “One of the joys of seeing Mobley is hearing his beautiful alto come out of a big, tall man who looks more like a linebacker for...

If we’re serious about ending violence against women, we need to talk about culture

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Last week saw politicians and the police scrambling for solutions to end the epidemic of violence against women. There have been the usual suggestions of rape alarms, more police officers and better lighting, as well ...

It’s September – time to go back to (wine) skool

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Although January is the touted time for new year’s resolutions, I regard September as a more realistic moment to set yourself new goals – or, in back-to-school mode, simply to acquire a bit more knowledge about a subj...

Avoid eye contact, joke and invent an imaginary friend: how to have The Talk with your kids

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There doesn’t seem to be a word for “fear of talking to your young children about sex” but it’s a phobia so widespread that surely someone should have coined one by now. But there’s good news: like many phobias, met ...

Wyne om jou te laat voel dat jy in die buiteland vakansie hou

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Aangesien daar nog 'n relatief klein hoeveelheid tuisgemaakte wyn in die Verenigde Koninkryk is, en baie daarvan is nie wat u goedkoop sou noem nie, u spandeer waarskynlik die meeste van u tyd al om wyn te drink van waar u gaan, of kan gaan, O ...

Get no kick from champagne? Try a different bubbly instead …

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“I don’t know why anyone spends more on sparkling wine than that Aldi fizz – whatsitsname?” grumbled my friend. “Their crémant du Jura?” I ventured. “That’s the one," hy het gesê. “Eerlik, I don’t think most people cou...

What makes a wine fruity?

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One of the weird things about wine is that, despite frequently being described as fruity, it seldom actually tastes of grapes: raspberries, cherries, gooseberries, peaches, all kinds of summer fruits, ja, barring the...

TV vanaand: art sleuths Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould return

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Fiona Bruce and the art historian Philip Mould return for a new series of their art-sleuthing show, working out each week whether a discovered work could be a priceless original or a cheap copycat. Veering from their...

Big reds for high summer

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From time to time, I realise that I’ve been neglecting the red wine lovers among you. Those who frankly don’t give a damn if it’s high summer and would rather drink whopping, big reds than lightly chilled ones (watter ...

I rested my way to recovery from ‘long-haul Covid’. I urge others to do the same

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Within a few days of being discharged from the hospital in March last year, it was clear I was not improving in any sort of recognizable way. My Covid symptoms morphed, and any attempt to push through the fatigue, mig...

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