Month: August 2007

Montana Lindauer

This New Zealand sparkler has a wonderful lightness to it. The bubbles are fine and very lengthy and the wine is intensely pink, adding to any lively celebration. It was £8.49 at Sainsbury’s and although this is a little more than...

Cob and cheese

Two types of cob in fact: a beautiful granary cob of bread and corn on the cob, one of my favourite dishes. I really enjoy cooking the latter, first in the pan in boiling water for 20 minutes and then coating...

Mystery cheese

It was on the deli cheese counter at the big Sainsbury’s near Victoria. It was in a pile of assorted off-cuts which had been cling-wrapped. It said “Sheeps milk T/WENS.” Thinking it read “Tiwens,” I looked it up, unsuccessfully. I then...

Aspall’s Cyder

This is a 5.5% Suffolk cider, found now on tap in various pubs (at least here in East Anglia) with a very light flavour. It’s very clear and less sweet than brands like Strongbow; it’s kind of sherberty. It comes from...

Bombay cocktails

They’re not from Bombay, but from Bombay gin, the subject of a special promotion by Balls Brothers wine bar. Some of them look to be worth trying. 1. Garden Martini: gin and elderflower, shaken with rosemary over ice and fine-strained. 2....

Strange switch

I was baffled yesterday in Sainsbury’s, because the wine I’ve often been buying this summer, the Shiraz rosé which normally comes in a squeezy plastic bottle, has now reverted back to glass. This in itself isn’t so weird, but the strength...

No right turn

I have just relocated to Frankfurt with work for a while. It’s a nice change of scene, and provides an excellent opportunity to sample the food and drink Germany has to offer. Of course I’ll write about it. My company paid...