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Lamb and Wine: Perhaps a white?

Lamb is a common sight on many Brits' tables on a Sunday and is also a favourite during the week as there are many ways to cook this most favoured of red meats.

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Shrove Tuesday deserves good wine

 With Shrove Tuesday just around the corner you may be thinking about flipping a few pancakes to celebrate, especially as it is the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent during which people traditionally give something up.

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Valentine's Day - it’s probably just better to get it right!

There are some occasions in the calendar when food and wine are celebrated more than at other times in the year and Valentine's Day is one such event. It can seem like a chance to indulge your senses, probably because it is the first occasion that a lot of people have had reason to celebrate since the festive season.

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Shellfish and wine combinations

Shellfish offers anyone the chance to impress at the dinner table, and although some people are reluctant to tackle molluscs they can be relatively easy to cook.

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Fruit and Veg wine matches

New research has suggested that people who eat a lot of fruit and vegetables are likely to be more energetic, calmer and happier than their fast-food guzzling counterparts.

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Viognier loves spice

Cold weather often turns people off white wine, but you shouldn't be deterred. With the right choice your dish could come alive.

If you like your white wine flowery and fruitful but still prefer dry to sweet then you could do worse than pick a Viognier.

The grape is grown in France, North and South America, as well as in Australia, and as with any varietal, where it is grown affects the flavour and intensity of the wine.

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Ice wine makes a statement

 For most winemakers extremes in temperatures are bad news. Unusual levels of heat or rain can have a devastating effect on harvests.

You only have to look at arguably the most prestigious of sweet wines, Chateau d'Yquem, to understand how poor weather can affect quality.

In an average year, the Chateaux's vineyard will produce some 65,000 bottles, but in 2012, it was announced that the entire crop was not worthy of its name and so none was produced.

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Sauvignon Blanc and a goat's cheese tart

 The Brits' obsession with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is refusing to wane it seems. At a recent signing of his tome, The Oz Clarke's Pocket Wine Book 2013, the wine critique suggested that it was a popular and easy choice for festive revellers.

"At Christmas time go for a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc – that is the wine that drains quickest at my mother's table," he enthused.

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Carmenere and Chilean steak

People often talk about wines from Bordeaux, and grapes such as Cabernet sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec are well known and are frequently chosen by those looking for a mid-priced red. 

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January's seasonal food and complementary wine

Every restaurant worth its salt now serves food which is in season. Diners can be reassured that what they are eating most probably came from these shores and is therefore supporting local producers. What's more, it hopefully leaves a relatively small carbon footprint as it has had a comparatively short distance to travel to get to your plate. 

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