Five of the best barbecue wines

Dorset Echo:

11:00am Sunday 13th July 2014

THE charcoal scent and juicy flavours of a barbecue grilled steak can stir up quite a thirst, so make sure you do it justice with the right red.

Wines to enjoy in the great outdoors

Dorset Echo: Moveable feasts: A picnic should be good on the eye as well as delicious to eat

9:00am Saturday 5th July 2014

WITH the summer holidays approaching, packing a picnic and heading for a wide open space has never been more tempting.

Dorset vineyard scoops top awards for its wine

Dorset Echo: The Furleigh Estate vineyard

11:00am Monday 23rd June 2014

IF THE owners of this Dorset-based vineyard and winery toasted every success with a glass or two, they would probably have very sore heads in the morning.

Stylish wines released just in time for summer from Sainsbury’s

Dorset Echo: Summer wine

11:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

NEW in Sainsbury’s for summer 2014 Yellow Tail, the fastest growing wine brand in the UK, infuses its bold and vibrant signature style in two new wines; crisp Sauvignon Blanc and lively Pinot Grigio.

Drinks for dad on Father’s Day

Dorset Echo: Innis & Gunn Malt Whisky Trail Limited Edition

12:00pm Saturday 7th June 2014

WITH Father’s Day on June 15 falling on the first Sunday of the World Cup, and three matches scheduled for that very afternoon, tearing dad away from the big screen could be a sport in itself.

International Sherry Week: Why it’s not just a drink for granny...

Dorset Echo: International Sherry Week: Why it’s not just a drink for granny...

11:00am Saturday 31st May 2014

FOR the first time ever, World Sherry Day has been extended to International Sherry Week, prompting seven days of tastings and sherry-themed dinners around the globe.

Shimmering Blackcurrant Bellini

Dorset Echo: Strawberry Dream Daiquiri

9:00am Friday 30th May 2014

This drink served with a touch of stardust is perfect for a summer party

Strawberry Dream Daiquiri

Dorset Echo: Strawberry Dream Daiquiri

11:01am Thursday 29th May 2014

This fruity drink is perfect for drinking outdoors on a sunny day or balmy evening

Pop your cork for English Wine Week with these gold medal winning wines

Dorset Echo: Pop your cork for English Wine Week with these gold medal winning wines

11:00am Saturday 24th May 2014

TODAY marks the start of English Wine Week (May 24) so it’s time to celebrate with some of the nation’s medal-winning wines.

Enjoy a taste of fragrant bouquets

Dorset Echo: Enjoy a taste of fragrant bouquets

4:00pm Monday 19th May 2014

WITH the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (May 20 to 24) around the corner, there couldn’t be a better time to plant yourself outside and enjoy a taste of fragrant bouquets.

Wines of the times: fragrant tipples to enjoy outdoors

Dorset Echo: -

12:00pm Sunday 18th May 2014

WITH the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (May 20 to 24) around the corner, there couldn’t be a better time to plant yourself outside and enjoy a taste of fragrant bouquets.

Discover the perfect wine to accompany Asian food

Dorset Echo: Cave de Beblenheim Grafeneben Riesling 2010, Alsace, France

4:00pm Monday 5th May 2014

EVERY grape has its moment and, mainly thanks to the surge in popularity of Asian cuisine, the time has come for riesling.

Serein wines hit the spot

Dorset Echo: Domaine Laroche Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2008, France

12:30pm Monday 21st April 2014

FAMOUS, French and fancy; the wines of Chablis are borne from the vineyards lying on either side of the River Serein which flows through the pretty village of Chablis in the most northerly region of Burgundy.

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.



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