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Published: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:53:53 +0000

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Sounds of Scandinavia are focus for Westmorland Youth Orchestra concert

Sat, 22 Mar 2014 09:10:00 +0000

THE Westmorland Youth Orchestra is in fine form.

German wine Carl Schmitt-Wagner has 'wow' factor

Sat, 18 Jan 2014 11:20:00 +0000

Last week I attended a wine tasting in the south.

Snow White goes head to head with Queen Cruella at Barrow

Sun, 22 Dec 2013 13:30:00 +0000

THERE will be magic, mirth and merriment galore as Duggie Chapman Associates and The Forum at Barrow present the classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

The 2003 vintage is a particular favourite with a deep intense ruby colour

Sun, 22 Dec 2013 08:40:00 +0000

An unusual suspect that I enjoy greatly especially at this time of year is the world famous Chateau Musar from the Lebanon.

This southern Rhone is a blend of three grapes, grenache, syrah and mourvèdre.

Sat, 07 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000

This week I will be focusing on Rhone Classic Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe.

This grape variety is a cross between pinot noir and cinsault

Sat, 30 Nov 2013 08:10:00 +0000

This South African pinotage is a very enjoyable anytime of the day style of wine.

I am a massive fan of Burgundy wines both the chardonnays and the pinot noirs

Sat, 23 Nov 2013 15:00:00 +0000

This week I focus on Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru.

Perfect for a lazy afternoon

Thu, 05 Sep 2013 17:05:47 +0100

When it comes to making a choice from the wine list, this summer we have seen more and more people opting to move away from traditional French wines to more fashionable styles mainly from Australia, New Zealand and Spain, which often not only have the benefit of being more approachable than their French counterparts but are more affordable too.

Treat yourself to a classic fizz

Tue, 03 Sep 2013 11:38:13 +0100

Out with a bang or more likely a pop as this is my last Raise a Glass.

Classic citrus from the south

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 17:38:30 +0100

A crisp white this week, and you can't go wrong with a vibrant False Bay Sauvignon Blanc.

Perfect wine for holiday season

Thu, 15 Aug 2013 17:15:13 +0100

As it is the holiday season I thought I would introduce you to a wine to take your tastebuds to Spain even if you are on a staycation.

Perfect wine for barbecue meats

Thu, 08 Aug 2013 17:36:51 +0100

WE ARE going back to a reliable red for our recommended tipple this week as it goes well with all that meat from the barbecue.

Taste a tipple with fruity spirit

Thu, 01 Aug 2013 16:34:43 +0100

ALOVELY diverse spirit is this week’s tipple from Strawberry Bank Liqueurs.

A perfect wine for the summer heat

Thu, 25 Jul 2013 17:50:24 +0100

WE HAVE pitched for a lighter tipple this week – Big Top White Zinfandel Rose.

Dry and light wine from France

Thu, 18 Jul 2013 17:33:23 +0100

We’re back to the grape this week with a light white. As sweeter varietals seem to be going out of fashion I thought I would look at a nice dry to medium bodied wine – great if you're buying for a sweeter tooth.

A wonderful Lakeland ale

Thu, 11 Jul 2013 16:56:34 +0100

WE have opted for a fine local ale this week - Hawkshead Brewery's award-winning Lakeland Gold.

Wine for Wimbledon season

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:54:22 +0100

W ith Wimbledon in full swing and strawberries in season we had to choose a partner for these – and opted for a bottle of award-winning fizz,  Freixenet Elyssia Gran Cuvee Brut.

A great-value bottle for pinot grigio fans

Thu, 27 Jun 2013 17:18:14 +0100

A MEDIUM dry white is the tipple for this week – and one that is scrumptious and wonderfully dry and aromatic with great citrus flavours, hints of spice and a touch of apricot.

A locally-made liqueur treat

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 16:34:45 +0100

I THOUGHT a little liqueur tipple could be just the thing this week – so opted for Cowmire Hall Damson Gin.

A full-bodied wine that's perfect with hearty food

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 17:47:00 +0100

FOR this week we have a rare red with a full bodied character – Chateau Mukhrani, Saperavi, 2007.

Something pink for the summer

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 17:54:34 +0100

SOMETHING pink for you all this week - a sparkling Italian, Raboso, Rosado Corte Alta NV.

It's Champagne and strawberries season!

Thu, 30 May 2013 17:31:52 +0100

This week I have had a wonderful time sampling NV Champagne.

A selection of wonderful local ales

Thu, 23 May 2013 17:24:00 +0100

WITH the grain in mind I meandered over to the Brown Horse at Winster to check out their microbrewery, now producing six ales available in both bottle and draft form.

Wine for those with a sweet tooth

Thu, 16 May 2013 17:07:37 +0100

TO match my ever growing sweet tooth and love of puddings I couldn't resist a rich velvety dessert wine – so plumped for Elysium Black Muscat, produced by the award-winning Quady winery, which specialises solely in desert wine that includes this rare black skinned Muscat.

A thoroughbred male from Italy

Thu, 09 May 2013 17:19:50 +0100

A splendid offering this week from middle Italy is Booths’ own 2009 Chianti Reserva (Tuscany). With big hitting, bold, flowery aromas and classic fruity flavours of orange and blueberry, it's a great match for any classic Italian food.

A fantastic locally-made gin

Thu, 02 May 2013 17:29:26 +0100

I thought we would mix it up a little this week with a wonderful award-winning local tipple.

Wine that's low in price but high in flavour

Fri, 26 Apr 2013 16:44:17 +0100

IT’S back to the grape this week with a wonderful red Vina Maipa Reserva 2012 shiraz, that is kind on your pocket and your taste buds.

Pink fizz that's perfect for sunny weather

Thu, 18 Apr 2013 17:27:36 +0100

The sunshine is finally here even if it is in very short bursts! So, if you fancy something a little special, try some salt marsh lamb.

A perfect complement to fish

Thu, 11 Apr 2013 17:25:52 +0100

Hearty food and wine is the order this week but after lots of full bodied reds I had a new fish pie recipe so I settled on a white.

Wonderful local ales

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 17:20:35 +0100

I THOUGHT it was time to change up from the grape to the grain this week, and how better than to sample a local ale from Unsworth's Yard Brewery of Cartmel.

Wine to go with Good Friday's fish

Thu, 28 Mar 2013 16:26:57 +0000

FOR Good Friday and the fish lovers among us, I thought a crisp, well chilled white would suit.

Stunning table wines from Portugal

Thu, 14 Mar 2013 17:34:26 +0000

A Portuguese treat for you all this week, in the shape of the Casal Mendes red, a light and fruity wine from northern Portugal.

An amazing find from South Africa

Thu, 07 Mar 2013 16:24:07 +0000

A fantastic red this week and what a find. From the Marks and Spencer New World Collection comes the mighty Petit Plaisir 2010 from the Western Cape of South Africa.

Two unusual European finds

Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:29:43 +0000

Two unusual finds from Marks and Spencer this week to tantalise your taste buds, both from Europe.

A fantastic treat from Argentina

Thu, 21 Feb 2013 17:16:07 +0000

A FANTASTIC treat for you this week in the form of a viognier from producer Trivento (second wine of Concha y Toro).

Two great wines from South Africa

Thu, 14 Feb 2013 17:26:47 +0000

Two South American belters for you this week from Chile.

An own-brand wine with fantastic heritage

Thu, 07 Feb 2013 17:30:41 +0000

My wine choice for this week is from Booths new own-brand labelled wine. The range consists of old-world wines from reputable producers but with Booths' own label – and keenly priced from £6.99 to £12.99 a bottle.

Two perfect beers for a winter's night

Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:48:45 +0000

This week I bring two fantastic beers to the table, as I feel I have been concentrating too much on the grape. They are the Rudgate York Chocolate Stout and Inner and Gunn Rum Finish Amber Beer – both big and bold and guaranteed to warm you up on a cold night.

Bargain for Bordeaux

Thu, 24 Jan 2013 16:39:13 +0000

A real bargain for Bordeaux lovers this week and a keenly priced and scrumptious tasting one too.

A great find from north east Spain

Thu, 17 Jan 2013 17:27:34 +0000

I HAVE a great find for you this week from the Utile Requena area of North East Spain - near the port of Valencia – called the Pasion de Bobal 2010. The Bobal variety is indigenous to this part of Spain and is a deep, dark-skinned grape which has a similar depth to Monestrall (Mouvedre), but is slightly lower in alcohol.

Get over those New Year blues

Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:22:55 +0000

MY TOP treat for the New Year and to get over those festive blues is a rather fantastic Merlot from South Africa – the Peacock Ridge Label Merlot 2011, from False Bay, available at Windermere and Ambleside wine stores for £9.99 a bottle.

Get over the festive blues

Thu, 03 Jan 2013 15:03:58 +0000

Something to bring in the New Year – a fine red from Booths, one of its new range of wines being introduced in all stores.

More 'old friends' revisited

Thu, 27 Dec 2012 16:51:05 +0000

CONTINUING on from last week and revisiting old friends (wines) to spice up your drinking, I will go to Majestic Wines in Kendal and the mocha java merlot from Bellingham estate 2012, priced £8.49 when bought in a six case box.

Classic favourites from Bordeaux

Thu, 20 Dec 2012 16:43:21 +0000

Over the next few weeks I am going to revisit some wines I have written about already – in particular Bordeaux, one of the most recognisable regions in France.

Interesting Wine Time

Thu, 13 Dec 2012 14:08:01 +0000

This week I bring you two very interesting wines from Wine Time EWGA's shop at Greenlands Farm Village, near Carnforth – and in plenty time for your Christmas and New Year.

Festive drinks offers are coming in thick and fast

Fri, 07 Dec 2012 17:42:18 +0000

WITH December upon us the festive drinks offers are coming in thick and fast and I have picked up two fantastic wines from Marks and Spencer in Kendal – both of which will make excellent matches for your festive food.

Time to find your Christmas wines!

Thu, 29 Nov 2012 14:19:14 +0000

With Christmas ever nearer, people's minds are now turning to what they are going to drink over the festive period. Over the past few weeks I have selected some wines to try, but this week I am going all traditional – meaning looking at France, and in particular, Bordeaux.

Drink this wine, and help the gorillas

Thu, 22 Nov 2012 17:09:13 +0000

A PROPER Italian job for you this week. I stumbled upon this cracker from Western Sicily at Booths in Windermere.

Get ready for the festive season

Thu, 15 Nov 2012 17:39:21 +0000

AS THE festive season is now coming upon us I have two treats for you this week, both excellent value and both great additions to your festive drinks list.

A coffee-style wine from South Africa

Thu, 08 Nov 2012 14:08:56 +0000

A REAL find for you this week guys from Majestic Wines, in Kendal.