Wine matching: Apricot and almond tart

The recipe Serves: 8 Use a rectangular tart tin or a 23 cm round tart tin. 280 g packet sweet shortcrust pastry (or even better, make your own). 100 g unsalted butter 100 g caster sugar 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 100 g ground almonds 12 fresh apricots, halved and stoned fresh cream, to serve Preheat the oven to 200c/180c (fan oven) and place a baking sheet on the middle…

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English wine: too much of a good thing?

Sitting in the October sunshine, chewing on the corner of my baguette, I wonder how many others have witnessed this timeless scene: pickers working their way up rows of vines, loading their baskets with bunches of grapes. But this isn’t Sancerre, it's Sussex, and the baguette was from Greggs. There are now 135 wineries across England and Wales, and 2015 is looking like another good harvest. At…

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