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Dry Martini and Dubonnet

This, certainly the most famous cocktail in the world, is not required to have capital letters, since a court judgement decreed that it was so well-known internationally that it was a commodity in its own right. Essentially it consists of … Continue reading

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Wines and Spirits Dictionary: Letter D

D.C. I. These initials stand for the Distillers’ Company Limited, which should in no way be confused with The Worshipful Company of Distillers. The D.C.L. Was registered in 1877, when six lowland Scottish grain distillers merged, being joined by three … Continue reading

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Whisky Distilleries

Aberfeldy Perthshire whisky distillery, built in 1896 by ‘Whisky Tom’ Dewar. Aberlour-Glenlivet James Grant built this distillery at Aberlour, Banffshire, in 1826, but it was enlarged in 1973. Most of the whisky made there goes for blending. Ardbeg Independently owned … Continue reading

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Vineyards, Estates and Wine Regions A – C

Angludet Chateau d’ Estate in Cantenac. In the Medoc region of Bordeaux, with an old-established reputation. The property was run down at the time of the 1855 classification and so does not appear in this list, but it now ranks … Continue reading

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Some Interesting Wine Terms and Facts

Ampelo’graphy The scientific description of the vine’, according to The Shorter Oxford Dictionary. But the term is sometimes used today to refer specifically to the study of grapes. Aniseed This herb (Pimpinella anisum; in French, anis) originally came from Asia … Continue reading

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Vines, Grapes and Wines A – C

Aramon Black grape, grown extensively in the south of France and a little in California. It has never been used for fine wines, but it can be useful as it is very prolific in yield. It tends to lack colour, … Continue reading

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Decanting Wines and Types of Wine Decanters

The process by which certain wines are poured out of the bottle into a container (decanter) from which they are to be served. It is often assumed that a wine that does not throw a deposit does not therefore have … Continue reading

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All About Cognac

A spirit distilled from wine in the Charente region in the west of France, acknowledged to be the world’s supreme brandy. Brandywine or ‘brantwijn’ – literally ‘burnt wine’ – is supposed to have been first made around Cognac and Jarnac … Continue reading

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The Colour of Wine

The colour of a wine is of great importance – but sometimes can be misleading. It should always give pleasure to the eye and possess a ‘living’ tone. But havingsaid this, there are many exceptions to such generalisations as are … Continue reading

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Wine Corks, ‘Corked’ and Corkscrews

Wine Corks The cork oak, Quercussuber, source of the best cork for sealing bottles, has flourished in parts of Europe for thousands of years, and in fact the use of cork for stoppering bottles or wine containers was known to … Continue reading

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