Author: Janne

Wine and cheese pairing adventures

My first adventure in pairing wine and cheese started with a book. Would the lightly oaked Californian Chardonnay with artisan Scottish cheeses be successful or a discordant flop?

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L’Autre Vie review, boutique hotel in Bordeaux vineyards

I was excited about staying in the middle of a vineyard in Bordeaux. But as our long drive through France brought us closer I was getting nervous that the small boutique hotel wouldn’t live up to its website’s promise Driving cautiously along the rough track, between rows of vines heavy with grapes, we caught our first glimpse of L’Autre Vie. A corner of one of the buildings was enough to tell us the website’s photos hadn’t lied. It really was nestled in the middle of vines.

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Rosé memories

Wonderful summer memories of a great food and wine combo enjoyed in the beautiful village of St Émilion, France

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Christmas 2016 wine – The Results!

How did my wine selections go down this Christmas? In my post before Christmas I gave you the low down on the wines I had selected. Some were tried and tested, some were new to me with the odd wild card thrown in for good measure. So how did it go? The Sparkles An Unexpected Hit and a Discovery What was expected? Usually everyone else in the family prefers Prosecco. It is me (ably assisted by my stepson) who are the Crémant nuts. In anticipation of the usual procedures I had made sure I had a number of bottles...

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Christmas wine fun

I love all the planning for Christmas (I am one of those weird creatures who loves to plan) and the food and wines are my domain. I have lots of fun thinking of options, selecting the best ones. But lots of pressure, will I get it right this year? Being Christmas I don’t have complete freedom of choice since we have lots of family traditions which I must keep to or face either family puzzlement (why did you change this?) to condemnation (why did you change this!). Fortunately most of our traditions are around food, starting with a traditional Norwegian Christmas Eve with slow roasted pork,...

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