Anosmia: The smell of silence

When visiting an art gallery, I prefer to wander alone rather than in company. To be left to think, for as long as it takes, in front of any image that draws me in. Talking about the visit is best left to the cafe at the end over coffee and cake. Wine, however, I prefer to drink in company. You can discuss it to a degree, but part of the experience is impossible to express in words, which makes…

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Wine matching: Daube de Boeuf à la Provençale

  This is a really handy recipe to have up your sleeve. It's not expensive, it's easy to make and freezes really well. It's also extremely wine-friendly. The recipe 1kg beef silverside 4 tbsp olive oil 150g smoked bacon, diced 2 onions, chopped 2 carrots, chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped 2 sprigs fresh thyme 1 sprig fresh rosemary 2 finger-sized strips orange zest 600ml red wine 4 ripe…

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Marlborough: The Fear of France?

If you like Sauvignon Blanc, you'll love Marlborough in New Zealand. Of its 22,903 hectares of vineyards, 19,639 of them are planted with it. Undoubtedly this feels like an awful lot of eggs in one basket for local winemakers, so no wonder some are experimenting to see what else Marlborough can do. Could its future lie in sparkling wines? No, not fizzy Sauvignon – a style with all the depth and…

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