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Lamb and Rosemary Pot Pie


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Italian Easter Bread


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Easter Eggnog Wine Cocktail Recipe


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Croissant Cake – the perfect Autumn bake


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Baking Babka for Easter


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Green Mary Wine Cocktail Recipe


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Celery Sour Recipe


Celery Sour Ingredients 30 ml    gin 15 ml    freshly squeezed lime juice 15 ml    simple syrup 45 ml    fresh celery […]

Carrot and Orange Cooler


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Pinot Noir & Porcini Risotto


The earthy notes of our 2015 Culinaria Pinot Noir are beautifully echoed in the autumn flavours of this porcini risotto. […]

Tomato, Baby Marrow and Aubergine Gratin


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Climate change not responsible for rising alcohol levels, study says



According to a recent article on www.decanter.com, a report from the American Association of Wine Economists, analysed climate data from1992-2009 and found that the heat index in most wine-making countries grew less than the rise in alcohol, and could not be attributed as the major factor driving the steady increase.

The heat index was created by averaging the daily high and low temperatures over the relevant growing season in the various countries sampled. The research indicates, the authors say, that the average alcohol content in wine has increased by 1.12% over 18 years, from a mean of 12.7%.’ This, they say, is considerably higher than would be expected when set against the heat index, which predicts an average rise of 0.05% in alcohol per year. ‘It would take a whopping 20 degree Fahrenheit (6.67 Celsius) increase in the average temperature in the growing season to account for a 1 percentage point increase in the average alcohol content of wine.

Other factors that could have influenced the rising levels have been cited, including changing consumer and market preferences.

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