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Dima’s Ukrainian Vodka: a quality choice!

Heard of Ukrainian vodka? Well thanks to Dima Deinega, you may already have! He's a man on a mission to tell as many people as he can just how great premium vodka can be and to banish misconceptions about the category. Dima is a passionate advocate of the spirit. Born in Kiev, but raised in London, he was regularly flying to Ukraine to see family there … before COVID travel restrictions struck. So, while looking forward to future visits when able to do so, he can take stock of his achievements and plan for the future.

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Tastin' France: banishing the blues to celebrate the UK's love of French wine!

We've all been sadly cooped up at home for a long time with little opportunity to attend wine tastings. Virtual events have at least allowed us to communicate with fellow wine professionals - a welcome and vital link to keep us all in the loop. However, there's nothing quite like a live event and Business France has been on the case more than once! Following a successful sparkling wine tasting earlier this year, the 22nd June was the date for a tasting of rosé and organic wines in a new venue, the leafy Barbican Conservatory Terrace.

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Making spirits on a traditional Cognac still in the British Isles' most southerly vineyard!

Jersey is an island of contrasts. Part of the British Isles, yet not part of the UK and so not within the EU, it retains its own unique identity. British with a sense of La France, you can use UK currency there but also pay in Jersey pound notes. Close to the coast of Normandy, it even has its own language, Jèrriais (Jersey Norman French). It's also home to a sizeable Portuguese community. Beautiful coves and beaches adorn an island that's small (only 5 miles long and 9 miles wide), yet rich in history with a strategic wartime heritage.

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Warner's Distillery: remaining craft & sustainable!

Last month, I reported on Think Gin's April debate around the growth of craft gin and future gin trends. One successful craft gin brand is Warner's Gin. Founder, Tom Warner, spoke about his eco-friendly ethos and how he manages to balance his company's craft image while also producing at scale.

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Gin trends: Think Gin debate discusses the future!

In 2020, HMRC data from a recent Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) report showed that the number of UK gin distilleries grew by 124. This is the first time more than 100 were registered in a single year and today, there are over 560 distilleries in the country. Total gin sales at home and abroad now total over £3 billion. Sales of gin in UK shops even passed £1 billion for the very first time!

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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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