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ALISTAIR GIBSON: Raising a glass and a dram to toast the poet, Rabbie

Burns Night has almost become like St Patrick’s Day, celebrated virtually everywhere with people always finding some Scottish family connection as an excuse.
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ALISTAIR GIBSON: Go red, white and fizzy to please everyone on New Year's Eve

ALISTAIR GIBSON: Go red, white and fizzy to please everyone on New Year's Eve

New year is one of those strange celebrations in that there are very few traditions. Unlike Christmas with turkey, or Easter with lamb and lots of chocolate, there is no guide to what you should be eating.
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ALISTAIR GIBSON: Put some sparkle into your Christmas with quality fizz

ALISTAIR GIBSON: Put some sparkle into your Christmas with quality fizz

We drink so much sparkling wine in this country now, I’m not sure there is really any need for a special occasion to pop a cork. But Christmas is one of those times when it does seem de rigueur to be pouring the fizzy stuff.
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ALISTAIR GIBSON: Here's something red and fruity for the Christmas table

ALISTAIR GIBSON: Here's something red and fruity for the Christmas table

It’s always tempting to bring out your best bottles at Christmas, perhaps wines you’ve treasured for years.
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ALISTAIR GIBSON: Here's some crackers for a perfect white Christmas

ALISTAIR GIBSON: Here's some crackers for a perfect white Christmas

When it comes to white wines for the festive season, my rule of thumb is the same as it is with red wines.
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WINE WITH ALISTAIR GIBSON: Another Hampshire sparkler fizzing its way to top awards

The annual John Lewis advert is appearing on our small screens meaning that Christmas is now at the centre of our thoughts.
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ALISTAIR GIBSON ON WINE: It might be a bit left field, but how about Rioja with the turkey?

ALISTAIR GIBSON ON WINE: It might be a bit left field, but how about Rioja with the turkey?

I spent a few days in Rioja in the summer visiting producers and tasting new wines and vintages. It’s a region I love.

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Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2017

ALISTAIR GIBSON: Clouds part to reveal the latest vintage of this game-changer

Every year just around this time comes the launch of the new vintage of a wine that has in many ways shaped our supermarket wine shelves.

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ALISTAIR GIBSON ON WINE: Flash! Bang! And here’s some
wallop to go with your fireworks

ALISTAIR GIBSON ON WINE: Flash! Bang! And here’s some
wallop to go with your fireworks

I’m sure you’ve already heard the screech of rockets firing into the night sky this week, but this weekend it’s the main event – fireworks night and all it brings.

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Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013

ALISTAIR GIBSON: South African wine! You’re kidding – we only drink French

I was told an amazing story recently of someone who took a bottle of South African wine to a dinner party and the hosts turned up their noses saying they only drank French wine and wouldn’t touch ‘new world’.

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