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Grape varieties in the UK

Now that we know the UK produces wine, let’s take a look at what they have to offer in terms of grape varieties.   White grape varieties The following white grape varieties are grown in the UK – most of them ripen early and grow well in cooler climates: Auxerrois: […]

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Gin & Tonic

It is said that gin, the most important ingredient for Gin & Tonic, was invented around 1650 in the Netherlands by Dr Sylvuis (a.k.a. Franz de la Boé), a Professor of Medicine at Leyden, Holland. He originally intended this ‘medicine’ as a remedy for kidney disorders, using neutral grain spirits […]

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Chocolate beer spread

Now this is something! Birra Spalmabile (= spreadable beer) was born in a joint venture between Alta Quota brewery and Napoleone chocolate factory – two Italian companies. If you’re in the UK, you can buy a jar of this chocolate beer spread at the UK department store Selfridges; available in […]