Going To California With Some Drinking In My Mind…La La La La!

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I’ve only ever been to the States with work in my old job. So I’ve done the Manhattan and Brooklyn thing, and even had a couple of days up in Boston with the most blinding hangover I can remember in years! But I’ve never been over the West Coast. My brother-in-law lived there for four years and loved every minute. Wine-o friends of mine, notably Ant Davies of @CheltenhamGrape, went on a tour and have never been the same since. It’s right up there on my to-do list. And then an email turned up…

#NWTW Week 48: Getting Those Buggers Ripe

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week 48 desert

Grape growers are completely stuck in their choice of grapes. Each grape has a climate it loves. If you’ve got the climate, you grow the grape, if not, you don’t. Simple as that!

#NWTW Week 43: Primitivo, Where Would We Be Without The US?

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week 43 high alcohol

Primitivo never used to be a wine that anyone took much notice of. For years grape growers used to grow it and then send it north to the more famous areas of Tuscany and Piemonte to add body (and a bit of alcohol) to the lighter wines made up there. That was until our cousins over the pond gave the grape a kick in the right direction.

#NWTW Week 32: ON TOUR – So Why Drink Californian Cabernet Sauvignon?

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week 32 France vs USA

Sometimes the choice of wines we have over here in the UK can be a bit of a bugger.  Especially when it comes to trying to convince your mates to have a go at a Californian Cabernet Sauvignon. I’ve been having a good old think myself.

#NWTW Week 32: ON TOUR – Red Wines in California

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week 32 LA wine bar

I said in my first post of this week that Cabernet Sauvignon is the legendary red wine of California. Is that strictly true? Hmmm, I’m not actually that sure. It’s definitely the grape that produces the wines from Napa in particular that go for hundreds of bucks in swanky LA restaurants. I know that much.

#NWTW Week 32: ON TOUR – Cabernet Sauvignon from California (Part Two)

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Flags - USA

I hope you all had a good time with your Californian Chardonnay’s last week. Ant got proper stuck in and gave his first 10 out of 10 for the year. True the bottle was £60, but if you’re into wine, and you’ve got a spare few quid, then why not, eh? And he’s on holiday, so good luck to you sir!

#NWTW Week 31: ON TOUR –What To Eat With Your Californian Chardonnay

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week 31 fish pie

I’ve never really been out to the States. I’ve been to New York a few times, and Boston once (don’t remember it at all!), but that doesn’t really count. Most importantly for this week is that I’ve never been out to California, so when it comes to food pairings, I’m a bit stuffed to know what the locals would eat with it. So I’ve had to improvise a bit…

#NWTW Week 31: ON TOUR –What They Get Up To At UCAL Davis

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week 31 cold apple     week 31 warm pineapple

Don’t know about the rest of you, but following on from a socially appauling time as younger kid, Uni was my time to get stuck into a bit of UK drinking culture. I’m not proud of it, but it went by in a blur of abstract maths that I didn’t really understand and snakebite. Well over at the University of California, Davis Campus, someone spent their time a little bit more usefully….