Bordeaux Blanc, the white wine you need to try more of

Published on Yahoo Lifestyle UK & Ireland on 9th July 2014:

When it comes to wine, Bordeaux is synonymous with some of the biggest names in the world. Its most revered vintages from the most renowned Châteaux are the ones you read about, worthy of thousands of pounds at auctions worldwide.

But when people speak of Bordeaux, they often mean the red Bordeaux wines and, to a lesser extent, the sweet wines of Sauternes and Barsac. Hiding in their shadows, perhaps, are the Bordeaux Blancs.

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Swedish meatballs: a classic recipe and five places to eat it in Stockholm

Published on Yahoo Lifestyle UK & Ireland on 5th July 2014:

Meatballs from Meatballs for the People, Stockholm, Sweden

What’s the food you most associate with Sweden ?

Admit it, it was meatballs wasn’t it.

In Sweden, meatballs can be made of any kind of meat – from pork and beef to moose and reindeer – but it’s almost always served with a side of lingonberry, potatoes, pickles and gravy. And while there are plenty of other traditional Swedish dishes, for the Swedes, meatballs really is a dish that comes out at almost every major celebration. Perhaps that’s why in the Swedish capital of Stockholm, you can even find restaurants that sell only meatballs.

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Wine travel, the best bits of Lake Constance

Published on Yahoo Lifestyle UK & Ireland on 23rd June 2014:


If you’ve ever thought the Côte d’Azur seemed like paradise then you might be surprised by the allure of Lake Constance.

Situated in central Europe, the freshwater lake connects Germany, Austria and Switzerland. While the region is known for having a cooler climate, the moderating effects of the lake means that it can get positively balmy in the summer. This is perhaps why a surprising number of wine regions can be found along its shores.

Bodensee, as the area around the lake is known in Germany, is a region better known historically for its everyday drinking wines but with better winemaking over the years, it’s become a region where you can find real gems.

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Five summery port cocktails

Published on Yahoo Lifestyle UK & Ireland on 15th June 2014:

Taylor's port

Port has a reputation for being the uncool granddaddy wine that gets poured out at Christmas with the puds but did you know that port can be made in a number of different styles, ranging from extra dry to very sweet?

Made in the demarcated region of Douro in Portugal, port is a fortified wine steeped with hundreds of years of history and was first created by British merchants.

There are many things which make port a traditional drink, not least because of the way that it’s made.

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How to do Luxembourg National Day like a local

Published on Yahoo Lifestyle UK & Ireland on 6th June 2014:


When it comes to national celebrations, our neighbours on continental Europe really knows how to do it in style; Sweden has midsummer, France has Bastille Day and the Netherlands have Koningsdag. There is one country whose National Day has perhaps more visitors than inhabitants – the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

Land locked Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in continental Europe but that makes it one of the most accessible. Much like the way the Queen has two birthdays, Luxembourg National Day is the Official Birthday of the Duke of Luxembourg. It’s always celebrated on the 23rd of June, with much of the festivities, including live music and fireworks taking place on the 22nd of June, making it a great time to visit the city.

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