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Buddhist retreat in the City

A tranquil retreat with lovely people

Ethiopian food

Delicious Ethiopian casserole with Njeera near the Elephant and Castle

Côtes de Gascogne

Newspapers have made a big deal about this wine. It’s fine but not exceptional.

Latest wines

My latest 5 wines are all red, including a Ribera del Duero, Bordeaux, Gamay from Cotes Lyonnais, a Cotes du Rhone and a South African Pinot Noir

Quinces

Quinces. Jam or jelly. On the horizon.

South African wine at the Depot, Lewes

Lewes Depot cinema will hold a South African wine evening on 27th October

Oxford Wine Company

In the heart of Oxford, this atmospheric wine stores offers an eclectic range of reasonably priced wines

Apples

Seasons of mist and mellow fruitfulness. The apples are ripe and ready for eating.

Preparing for Next Year

2022 was a difficult year on the allotment. Now we are preparing for next spring.

Menetou-Salon

Fresh Pinot Noir and an amuse-bouche from heaven

Most people travel in much the same way they pack their suitcase: jamming in as much as they can based on the miserly baggage allowance and time budget. I have often got back from hiolidays thinking, God I need a break! This website celebrates travel at a slower pace, taking the time to relax and unwind, enjoying the food, wine and people you meet on the way.

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South of France 2022

Languedoc 2022

We set off for the south of France in mid August. Our journey took us through Dreux, the Cantal region and then three weeks of travel around the Herault and Cevennes.

Wine

Latest wines

Latest wines

My latest 5 wines are all red, including a Ribera del Duero, Bordeaux, Gamay from Cotes Lyonnais, a Cotes du Rhone and a South African Pinot Noir

Sauvignon Blanc Tasting

Sauvignon Blanc Tasting

We tried three very different Sauvignon Blanc wines. It’s not all sharp acidity and citrus fruits

South African Tasting

South African Tasting

A brilliant wine tasting at Lewes Depot cinema on black-owned wineries in South Africa

Julienas

Julienas

Beaujolais from Francois Dubessy. This is a soft red from Julienas, all the usual red fruit flavours of Gamay. This bottle is from Lidl....

Bekaa valley rouge

Bekaa valley rouge

Interesting Lebanese wine from the Bekaa valley from Aldi. It had flavours of cherry and raspberry, but also liquorice, herbs and smoke....

Oxford Wine Company

Oxford Wine Company

In the heart of Oxford, this atmospheric wine stores offers an eclectic range of reasonably priced wines

Beaujolais Delivers

Beaujolais Delivers

Exploring the villages of Beaujolais in January was a challenge but I struck lucky at the Caveau Chateau de Fleurie

Food

Latest wines

Latest wines

My latest 5 wines are all red, including a Ribera del Duero, Bordeaux, Gamay from Cotes Lyonnais, a Cotes du Rhone and a South African Pinot Noir

Sauvignon Blanc Tasting

Sauvignon Blanc Tasting

We tried three very different Sauvignon Blanc wines. It’s not all sharp acidity and citrus fruits

South African Tasting

South African Tasting

A brilliant wine tasting at Lewes Depot cinema on black-owned wineries in South Africa

Julienas

Julienas

Beaujolais from Francois Dubessy. This is a soft red from Julienas, all the usual red fruit flavours of Gamay. This bottle is from Lidl....

Bekaa valley rouge

Bekaa valley rouge

Interesting Lebanese wine from the Bekaa valley from Aldi. It had flavours of cherry and raspberry, but also liquorice, herbs and smoke....

Quinces

Quinces

Quinces. Jam or jelly. On the horizon.

Travel

Firefighters

Firefighters

The Firefighters statue near St Pauls Cathedral is a moving tribute to the bravery of this emergency service

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