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Is Vintage wine really the best?

Vintage wines at peterwhieldon.co.ukWhen it comes to wine, vintage is ‘supposed’ to be the best… and with a very few exceptions, it usually is. A wine’s vintage simply tells you which year the grapes that were used to make it were picked.

Most wines come from a single vintage, and the label on the bottle shows the year in which the wine was made.

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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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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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Armagnac

Pete Whieldon on ArmagnacThis spirit is arguably the oldest in France. It was first  distilled in the early to mid 15th century.

The growing and production area is situated in the area south of Bordeaux, in western France and has a long viticultural history  stretching back to the Romans.

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The Cognac they call Courvoisier

Peter Whieldon - on Courvoisier CognacIt started in the early 1800s with a chance meeting of two respected merchants who became business partners and created what is considered by some to be the finest superior Cognac in the world.

The men were Emmanuel Courvoisier and Louis Gallois.

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