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Spreading the joy of wine, the Aldi way!

Aldi's wine range continues to impress on many levels: value for money, quality, consistency, relevance, interest and choice. The German retailer has never shied away from being über-competitive in an increasingly crowded and cut-throat marketplace. The latest selection comes a year after we started to become used to drinking at home instead of going out. There's a diverse range of styles here with a few surprises and a focus, across their whole drinks portfolio, on the latest trends, as life begins to head towards some form of normality.

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Woodside Gin: made in the Forest of Dean!

COVID has changed so many lives, but for some, it has also provided new opportunities. Forest of Dean-based couple Jason Morgan and Jessica Howells launched Woodside Distillery just in time for Christmas last year. With their brand new gin selling quickly, they have been optimistic that 2021 will be a year to remember for all the right reasons.

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Jeroboams launches its first exclusive spirit!

Jeroboams has launched its very first exclusive spirit, WhistlePig Single Barrel 10-Year-Old Rye Whiskey. Produced by Vermont-based WhistlePig, this unique Rye whiskey has been selected by and exclusively bottled for Jeroboams with a limited batch of just 132 bottles.

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Pimp up your Easter chocs with a decadent drinks combo!

Easter's coming up and that means even more CHOCOLATE! It's tough avoiding the temptation of sinking our teeth into giant chocolate eggs and tempting truffles at this time of year! … and why should we? There are so many choices and loads of recipes for cakes and puddings based on the humble cocoa bean and a bit (well, a lot) of sugar!

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Celebrate Mother's Day in style!

Mother's Day, for those lucky enough to be able to celebrate it, is a joyful excuse to enjoy a glass of something special for and with someone special! According to research by KAM Media and Toggle, 71% of UK adults intend to celebrate the day and 21% intend to make a 'bigger than normal' effort! This last figure is even higher for the under-34s (38%). So, if you're on the look-out for that terrifically tasty, top tipple, then here are a few suggestions … without the alliteration!

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La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018

The wine industry is increasingly under the spotlight for inclusivity and diversity. So, it's refreshing to hear of an initiative from Jackson Family Wines that shines a light on women's rights.

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The 100 Prosecco Recipes by Sandro Bottega

Recently, I received a copy of Sandro Bottega's 'The 100 Prosecco Recipes'. The English version has recently been published and leafing through this 192-page book, I couldn't help imagine I was standing in the Prosecco Hills, breathing in the landscape with a glass of vino spumante in hand.

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Herbarium Distillation 29 alcohol-free spirit

Alcohol-free is all the rage now, isn't it? Full strength beers, wines and spirits remain ever popular, but the choice and quality of AF options are improving all the time. Step forward Herbarium Distillation 29, a new alcohol-free botanical spirit created for tonic!

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Viña Memorias - redefining Bobal

The wine region Utiel-Requeña, named after two neighbouring towns, is located around 75km inland from the city of Valencia. With a winemaking tradition dating back at least 2,700 years, it became a denominación in 1957, although it remains one of Spain's lesser known wine regions internationally. This small, almost circular plateau of about 1,800 km² contains around 34,000 hectares of vines at an altitude of between 600 and 900 metres.

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