Dorset-based winery Furleigh Estate introduces wine to airport shops

Dorset Echo: Dorset-based winery Furleigh Estate introduces wine to airport shops

12:00pm Monday 31st March 2014

DORSET-BASED vineyard and winery Furleigh Estate, has introduced its multi-award-winning wine to the World Duty Free shops at Gatwick, Heathrow, Southampton and Jersey airports and the Eurotunnel.

Wines of the Times: A-list tipples worth splashing out on

Dorset Echo: Chateau Miraval Rose 2013, France (£19.95, bbr.com)

1:00pm Monday 24th February 2014

THE 86th Annual Academy Awards always promises an evening of glitz and glamour.

Wines of the Times: perfect pink tipples for Valentine’s Day

Dorset Echo: Love potion No 9

12:00pm Wednesday 5th February 2014

Whether you’re reserving a table in a chic restaurant, or staying home for a romantic dinner, a pink cocktail or rose-tinted glass of fizz will undoubtedly be on the menu on February 14.

Wines of the Times: best buys for 2014

Dorset Echo: Moonlake Clare Valley Riesling 2010

10:00am Wednesday 8th January 2014

Stores and wine merchants are updating their lists for 2014, and introduce the new vintages and lines with some great value offers. Here are some stand-out promotions: Whites: A bone-dry, clean riesling such as Moonlake Clare Valley Riesling 2010, Clare Valley, Australia (£8.39 from £11, while stocks last, virginwines. co.uk) is favoured by sommeliers for being food friendly, and is a particularly great match with Asian cuisine.

Best tipples for New Year's Eve

Dorset Echo: New Year's Eve Live - Coverage of celebrations around the world

10:00am Tuesday 31st December 2013

THERE’S no doubting we drink more champagne at Christmas and New Year than at any other time, and Aldi certainly have it all wrapped up with this impressive magnum.

Some fine tipples to see in the New Year

Dorset Echo: CLASS: Charles Mignon Brut Magnum NV

4:00pm Monday 30th December 2013

THERE’S no doubting we drink more champagne at Christmas and New Year than at any other time, and Aldi certainly have it all wrapped up with this impressive magnum.

Best wines for Christmas dinner

Dorset Echo: Dewaldt Heyns Weathered Hands Chenin Blanc 2010, Swartland, South Africa (£19.99, Selfridges nationwide)

12:00pm Monday 9th December 2013

TASTE gets into the festive spirit and selects the best wines to accompany your Christmas turkey dinner.

Defying gravity: world’s top bartenders set to do battle at Bournemouth’s Bar So

Dorset Echo: Defying gravity: world’s top bartenders set to do battle at Bournemouth’s Bar So

12:03pm Friday 15th November 2013

THURSDAY night will see glass and alcohol flying through the air with the So Flair Competition.

Wines of the Times: Tipples worth celebrating Thanksgiving for

Dorset Echo: Wines of the Times: Tipples worth celebrating Thanksgiving for

11:11am Monday 11th November 2013

Christmas is nearly within sight, but it’s also still that little bit too far away. If you want an excuse to party early though, Thanksgiving –the American national holiday – is the perfect invitation.

Wines of the Times: why cabernet sauvignon is South Australia’s top drop

Dorset Echo: Oxford Landing Cabernet Shiraz

11:00am Tuesday 29th October 2013

THIS week Taste samples some cabernet sauvignon from South Australia and discovers why it is the region’s top drop Oxford Landing Cabernet Shiraz 2011, S Australia (£7.99, Majestic) more than delivers, with its lovely black nose of forest fruits, a splash of shiraz to spice up the berrylicious, soft juicy fruit flavours.

Spooky spirits to tempt palates at Halloween

Dorset Echo: Midori

4:00pm Monday 28th October 2013

AHEAD of Halloween, here are some spooky spirits to fire up your imagination: A ghoulish looking bottle that may take unsuspecting drinkers by surprise, La Fee Absinthe Parisienne (£43.50, 70cl, thedrink finder.com) is a new but traditional French absinthe that uses only natural ingredients, and tastes more amenable than some.

Wines of the Times: spooky spirits for Halloween

Dorset Echo: SURPRISE: La Fee Absinthe Parisienne

12:00pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013

AHEAD of Halloween, here are some spooky spirits to fire up your imagination.

Pinot noir from New Zealand rivals French counterparts

Dorset Echo: Sherwood Stratum Waipara Pinot Noir 2011, £12.99

12:00pm Thursday 3rd October 2013

THIS week we uncork some pinot noir from New Zealand to thrill your taste buds.

Wines of the Times: tipples to toast the end of summer

Dorset Echo: Autumn colours set to dazzle

10:00am Wednesday 11th September 2013

SEPTEMBER often marks the start of autumn so here are some great ways to toast the setting of summer.

Wines of the Times: organic wines

Dorset Echo: So Organic Pinot Grigio 2012

11:00am Monday 2nd September 2013

To celebrate Organic September, here’s our selection of some eco-conscious red and white wines Sainsbury’s is one of the few supermarkets to offer customers their own-label organic range and have built up a loyal following over the past five years.

Wines of the Times: try whites from the Languedoc

Dorset Echo: Picpoul de Pinet 2011, £7.99, Tesco

4:13pm Monday 19th August 2013

THIS week Taste heads to the sunny Languedoc-Roussillon in France and pulls the cork on some award-winning wines that made the Sud de France Top 100 competition.

Wines of the Times: it's grouse season, so stock up on these Glorious reds

Dorset Echo:

4:32pm Monday 12th August 2013

THE Glorious Twelfth today marks the start of the grouse season, when shooting parties aim their best shot across our heathered moorlands.

Cocktail delights: three new gin recipes to try

Dorset Echo: Cocktail delights: three new gin recipes to try

11:18am Tuesday 6th August 2013

Three gin cocktail recipes to try at home, courtesy of The Print Room - our reporter Emma Jospeh gives them at try at one of their new mixology classes.

Wines of the Times: the best new ales

Dorset Echo: Bath Ales Wild Hare

11:00am Monday 5th August 2013

Competition between brewers is also driving up quality and innovation which means a greater range of tastes and beer styles for drinkers.

Wines of the Times: dessert wines

Dorset Echo: Chocolate Sauce Pudding

4:30pm Wednesday 17th July 2013

AFTER-dinner treat sweet white wines hail from all over the world and can be paired with rich pates and blue cheeses, fruit and desserts.

Wines of the Times: drinks for summer

3:54pm Monday 8th July 2013

SUMMER is all about the great outdoors, and nothing quite delights like finding the perfect picnic-spot with a hamper full of goodies.

Top tipples for summer picnic

Dorset Echo: Mahiki

1:00pm Monday 8th July 2013

SUMMER is all about the great outdoors, and nothing quite delights like finding the perfect picnic spot with a hamper full of goodies.

The best in summer wine

Dorset Echo: REFRESHING: Sauvignon blanc

1:00pm Monday 1st July 2013

ACCORDING to weather reports, the sunshine is finally on its way. So without further ado, we sample some of the latest summer tipples.

Wines of the Times: more to Prosecco than fun fizz

Dorset Echo: Wines of the Times: more to Prosecco than fun fizz

12:00pm Wednesday 26th June 2013

THIS week Taste finds that Prosecco is more than just a fun fizz. There is the simply labelled Prosecco DOC which can veer from perfectly delicious to second-rate, so wine lovers need to look for the ‘G’ as a guarantee for greatness – Prosecco Superiore (DOCG) can only come from the vines that blanket the steep slopes between the villages of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. The wines must contain a minimum of 85 per cent glera grapes and can be topped up with local varieties, but the best are usually 100 per cent and should be drunk young.

Top tipples to enjoy with Wimbledon

Dorset Echo: Croft Pink Port, Portugal (£11.99, 75cl, The Co-Operative)

12:00pm Monday 17th June 2013

ONE of the nation’s favourite sporting events, the Wimbledon Championships (June 24 to July 7) is a marvellous excuse to rally some friends for a post-match party.

Wine and spirit review

Dorset Echo: Gordon’s Crisp Cucumber

10:53am Monday 17th June 2013

ONE of the nation’s favourite sporting events, the Wimbledon Championships (June 24 to July 7) is a marvellous excuse to rally some friends for a post-match party.

Great wines for a barbecue

11:00am Monday 10th June 2013

A FAVOURITE British pastime, cooking in the open air not only requires skillfully prepared fresh produce but some well chosen vino too. Here are some barbecue wines that stand up to the thrill of the grill:

Wines of the Times: some great choices for Father's Day

Dorset Echo: Baron de Badassiere Syrah, 2010, for £18 a bottle or £4.50 for a 175ml glass

11:14am Monday 3rd June 2013

HERE are some liquid gift ideas for Father’s Day. After all, when you say it with a bottle, it shows just the right measure of thoughtfulness.

Wines of the Times: it's English Wine Week!

Dorset Echo: Vineyard owner Max Thomas helps to pick the first crop of grapes at Poulton

2:41pm Tuesday 28th May 2013

HERE are some tipples to get you in a patriotic mood for English Wine Week this week.

Strawberries, basil, lemon, vodka and new Summer White: the perfect cocktail for summer evenings?

Dorset Echo: Strawberries, basil, lemon, vodka and new Summer White: the perfect cocktail for summer evenings?

3:39pm Wednesday 22nd May 2013

THIS fruity summer drink has been created with Gallo Family Vineyard’s new Summer White –with fruity flavours of apple, pear, citrus and hints of floral notes.

Wines of the Times: Swap your wine glass for a cocktail glass

Dorset Echo: Wines of the Times: Swap your wine glass for a cocktail glass

1:26pm Tuesday 21st May 2013

WITH the long-awaited adaptation of The Great Gatsby hitting the silver screen, cocktail hour beckons as we revisit the glamour and decadence of the 1920s.

Wines of the Times: Toast the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with these floral wines

Dorset Echo: Wines of the Times: Toast the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with these floral wines

5:01pm Monday 13th May 2013

TOAST the RHS Chelsea Flower Show as it celebrates its centenary this month with some of these fragrant bouquets.

Wines of the Times: immerse yourself in summer with a refreshing rose

Dorset Echo: Wines of the Times: immerse yourself in summer with a refreshing rose

5:26pm Tuesday 7th May 2013

NOW’S the time to acquaint yourself with the essence of summer with some fine rose wines.

Wines of the Times: Make room for some magnums

Dorset Echo: Champagne sold in bars was removed by the Office for National Statistics from the basket of goods and services used to work out inflation rates

2:02pm Monday 29th April 2013

For a passport to pleasure, champagne is the obvious choice throughout the summer social season and there's no doubting Taittinger Brut Reserve NV Champagne, France (£81, 1.5 litres, Majestic) tastes even better from a magnum.

Wines of the Times: get stuck in to a Malbec

Dorset Echo: Wines of the Times: get stuck in to a Malbec

3:06pm Monday 15th April 2013

THIS week we champion Argentina's flagship grape and uncork some big red malbecs.

Wines of the Times: crisp whites

Dorset Echo: Wines of the Times: crisp whites

11:37am Tuesday 2nd April 2013

NOW April is here, it’s time to reacquaint ourselves with the allure of fresh white wines.

Wines of the Times: spring-friendly gins

Dorset Echo: Wines of the Times: spring-friendly gins

11:58am Monday 25th March 2013

NOW that spring has arrived, it's time to change our drinking habits and gin’s refreshing infusions make it the perfect pour for the English season.

Wines of the Times: top buys for the Easter Weekend

Dorset Echo: Wines of the Times: top buys for the Easter Weekend

3:19pm Monday 18th March 2013

EASE into Easter with these top tipples to toast the long Bank Holiday weekend.

Wines of the Times: Celebrate St Patrick's Day

Dorset Echo: Wines of the Times: Celebrate St Patrick's Day

4:43pm Wednesday 13th March 2013

RAISE a glass to the Emerald Isle and celebrate St Patrick’s Day on March 17 with these top tipples.

Wines of the Times: Fairtrade wines

Dorset Echo: Broadway primary plays fair

12:10pm Monday 25th February 2013

THIS year’s theme for Fairtrade Fortnight, which starts today, is Take a Step – and the Fairtrade initiative has certainly progressed by leaps and bounds.

Wines of the Times: Oscar-worthy contenders

Dorset Echo: Wines of the Times: Oscar-worthy contenders

11:32am Monday 18th February 2013

A ceremony driven by high-octane glamour, the A-listers will be out in force for the 85th Academy Awards on February 24.

Wines of the Times: South American gems

Dorset Echo: Wines of the Times: South American gems

12:00pm Thursday 14th February 2013

IN the past 10 years, Chile has gone from a bulk producer of soft and juicy reds to a pioneer of exceptional wines.

Wines of the Times: Toast the Australian harvest

Dorset Echo: Wines of the Times: Toast the Australian harvest

1:32pm Monday 28th January 2013

TOAST the beginning of the wine harvest down under with some sunny reds to blow away those winter blues.

Wines of the Times: the best half bottles

Dorset Echo: Wines of the Times: the best half bottles

10:00am Thursday 17th January 2013

CURBING your thirst to appreciate a smaller sip not only has its health benefits but tipplers and singletons can experience a wider range of wines without the guilt of cracking open a full bottle with a growing trend for sizing down from 70cl to 37.5cl bottles.

Wines of the Times: Bag yourself a January bargain

Dorset Echo: Blackburn & James Shiraz 2010, Waitrose

11:15am Monday 7th January 2013

JANUARY is a prime time for wine lovers to bag a bargain. Here are some of the best value pickings:

Wines of the Times: drinks to get you in the party mood

Dorset Echo: Wines of the Times: drinks to get you in the party mood

12:08pm Monday 24th December 2012

HERE are some suggestions for party drinks over Christmas and New Year. Enjoy!

Wines of the Times: tipples to go with your Christmas turkey

Dorset Echo: Let's talk turkey

12:00pm Wednesday 19th December 2012

HERE are some top tipples to pair with turkey and all the trimmings to celebrate the ultimate foodie holiday.

Wines of the Times: whiskies for St Andrew's Day

5:12pm Tuesday 27th November 2012

WITH St Andrew’s Day falling on a Friday, the long weekend to celebrate Scotland’s patron saint promises parties aplenty: bagpipes, traditional food and whisky galore.

Wines of the Times: warming winter cocktails

Dorset Echo: Bombay Sapphire Golden Wonderland

11:00am Wednesday 7th November 2012

WHETHER you’re stirring, shaking, layering or muddling, with the soaring popularity of cocktails and the trend for complex infusions, there’s plenty of fun to be had by experimenting with these. Beyond the timeless classics, here are some interesting cocktails to build as the nights draw in.

Fire & Ice cocktail

12:42pm Thursday 1st November 2012

A fiery non-alcoholic cocktail, the secret is Tabasco® ice cubes, which gradually release their chilli heat into this sparkling apple juice and red orange drink



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