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The world’s most expensive wines – Derby Telegraph Sat March 26th 2016

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By way of a change, none of today’s featured wines are available in my shop or, indeed, anywhere else in Derbyshire. In fact, unless I’m suddenly catapulted into the ranks of the world’s super rich – unlikely, with my margins – I’ll never even get to see any of the wines I’m about to discuss: let alone, actually try any of them. Unless, there are, amongst the readers of this column, any massively moneyed members of the world’s wine collecting elite who would, for whatever reason, like to share their liquid riches with me. Admittedly, it’s a bit of a long shot but, then again, I’ve got nothing to lose. So, with huge hope but little expectation, I’d like to offer my services as convivial drinking companion – free of charge, of course – to anyone who would like to lighten their cellar of any of the ultra-rare wines detailed …

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Walk this way – Derby Telegraph Sat March 19th 2016

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Most mornings, I can be found, cutting a comical figure, in the countryside around Kirk Langley as I attempt to ‘power walk’ my way through nearly 5 miles of fields in under an hour. Unknowingly, over time, I have, in my attempts to beat my hour target, developed a full on “Minister of Silly Walks” marching gait that invites much mickey taking from those who’ve witnessed it – especially my children. Never mind, as 80’s pop dandy, Adam Ant, sagely observed in one of his No.1 hits, “Ridicule is nothing to be scared of.” And the benefits of walking – eccentrically or not – are many and are best expressed by 19th century Danish philosopher, Søren Kierkegaard, “Everyday, I walk myself into a state of well-being & walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one …

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52 x 52 wine pairings – Derby Telegraph Sat March 12th 2016

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Personally, I don’t think I’ve ever stuck to a New Year’s resolution beyond the first week of January but it seems that my friend, and cooking partner, Dougie, is made of much sterner stuff. It’s now mid-March and, with 11 dishes already conceived and cooked, he’s well on the way to achieving his New Year’s aim of creating 52 original barbecue recipes in 52 weeks. Today, I’m suggesting wines to go with 4 of Dougie’s dishes but before I do, I need to talk a little about the 2 key rules he’s set himself. Firstly, every element of every dish has to be cooked on a Big Green Egg (an American charcoal fired barbecue favoured by top Michelin starred chefs such as Derby born, Sat Bains). Secondly, dishes have to be deemed as worthy of inclusion by followers of Dougie’s facebook group, 52 in 52 (please feel free to join …

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Top ten grape varieties – Derby Telegraph Sat March 5th 2016

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Having recently turned eighteen, my eldest son is now, A Level studies permitting, able to help out my wife and I in the shop. Needless to say, he expects to be paid for his efforts. So, we’ve agreed a two tier wage structure. He’ll start on a basic wage and then, when he’s passed the Wine Spirit & Education Trust’s (WSET) advanced exam, he’ll get an increase. The advanced course starts in April and for the last few weeks I’ve been bringing my son up to speed with all the knowledge he’ll need before he embarks on the course. For me, it’s been a bit of a trip down memory lane as, to reduce his workload, I’ve dug out all of my old notes from when I was studying for the WSET exams, over 15 years ago. Of course, the wine world has changed quite a bit in the last …

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At last, it’s Chile! – Derby Telegraph Sat February 27th 2016

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A few weeks ago, whilst thinking up wine tasting themes, I was taken aback to discover that, in over ten years of tastings at Worth Brothers Wines, we’ve never hosted a Chilean evening. Given that Chile is the world’s sixth largest producer of wine, that’s quite an oversight. So, to right that wrong, we’re kicking off this year’s programme of events with a Chilean tasting on Friday 4th March. The evening will showcase 8 wines from 5 of the country’s key wine making areas and, today, as a precursor to the tasting, I’d like to further offset our past neglect of Chile by shining a light on a couple of these regions and the wines they produce. Casablanca Valley Situated in the centre of the country, the Casablanca Valley lies about 50 miles west of Chile’s capital, Santiago, and 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean. In Chilean terms, Casablanca’s climate …