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When on a holiday, what wineries should I visit?

PeterWhieldon Q&A'sQuick answers at PeterWhieldon.co.uk

It doesn’t matter which country you are visiting, whether it’s Spain, France, Australia or South Africa, my advice is the same… Try and find the little, off-the-main-route places, especially ones you’ve never heard of.

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When is a bottle of wine ready to drink?

PeterWhieldon Q&A'sQuick answers at PeterWhieldon.co.uk

Good question! Usually, most wines are made to drink when they are released. In terms of fine wines, or ‘ageable’ wines, peak readiness may vary. Every wine is different and there are many variables to consider including storage conditions and personal taste.

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Irish Cream liqueurs

Creme Liquers at Peter WhieldonIrish Cream liqueurs are a blend of  Irish Whiskey, fresh cream, infusions of coffee, and/or chocolate and as some producers claim; several other secret ingredients!

Well those secret additions may be the point of difference with many brands but I thought I would offer a few observations on a small selection of what’s available.

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Italian Wines – Part Due

Italian wine at Peter WhieldonIn the first part of the Italian wine journey we identified the main grapes and their usage in the following part we investigate the lesser known varieties.

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Italian Wines – Part Uno

Italian wine at Peter WhieldonThe Greeks named Italy “Oenotria” the land of the vine, and as a consequence of their cultivation prowess and knowledge they along with the “Etruscans” made what was considered at that time in history the finest wines in the world.

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A Short History of Spanish Brandy

Pete Whieldon on Spanish BrandyContinuing our tour of wine producing countries we arrive in Spain on this occasion to find out about Spanish Brandy.

Now I am sure when you have been on holiday to this great country you will have tried in some form or another, this spirit. It might be then surprising to learn that Spanish brandy is older than any French spirit!

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