Napa Valley: Winegrowers Launch Official Bike Tour

If you like keeping fit and drinking wine, what could be better than touring one of California’s best known winegrowing region on your bike, with lunch included? The Stags Leap District Winegrowers Association has developed a tour of 12 local wineries to bring in an extra 2,000 tourists, without any extra cars spoiling the tranquility … Read more Napa Valley: Winegrowers Launch Official Bike Tour

Fashion: New for Spring Summer 2011 – Recycled Kimonos

Nicola Woods, a graduate of London College of Fashion, is determined to inject meaning into fashion with her new collection of recycled kimono jackets, dresses and boleros. The “Beautiful Soul” range works on a zero waste principle and has recently extended to include menswear. Available from V&A museum, South Kensington, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL … Read more Fashion: New for Spring Summer 2011 – Recycled Kimonos

Penfolds Grange Hermitage – The Iconic Aussie Brand Keeps On Keeping On

Penfolds Grange is probably the only Australian wine that holds a candle globally to revered names such as Mouton Rothchild, Lafite, Pertrus, Romanee Conte, and D’Yquem to name a just a few.  Not just in quality, but in the iconic standing that allow Penfolds to command amazing prices consistently year after year. Of course, there … Read more Penfolds Grange Hermitage – The Iconic Aussie Brand Keeps On Keeping On

Wine: Cliff Richard’s Vineyard – Quinta do Moinho, Portugal

Cliff Richard turns 70 on Thursday 14th October 2010, but what better to preserve oneself in than Portugese wine made in your own back yard? Sir Cliff’s vineyard, Quinta do Moinho in the Algarve, provides fruit for Adega Do Cantor or “Winery of the Singer” alongside a number of other local growers. Sir Cliff’s first … Read more Wine: Cliff Richard’s Vineyard – Quinta do Moinho, Portugal

Motoring: World’s Fastest Car Goes Into Production

The world’s fastest production car is now being built in Molsheim in Germany after receiving its European release. The Veyron 16.4 Super Sport achieved a speed of 268 mph (431km/h) at Ehra-Lessien in July. Five special edition black and orange models with the exact same configuration as the land speed record car have already been … Read more Motoring: World’s Fastest Car Goes Into Production

Travel: A Fairytale Journey Through St. Petersburg

When Napolean advanced on Moscow in the winter of 1812, the Moscovites burned the city to the ground to foil him, so one might say that in so doing they destroyed their history. Stalin’s seven skyscrapers – the Seven Sisters – today dominate the skyline but there are few tangible monuments of a glorious past. … Read more Travel: A Fairytale Journey Through St. Petersburg

Moscow: A City of Contrasts

As a child of the Cold War, I was curious to see the two great cities of communist and post-communist Russia, Moscow and St. Petersburg. Moscow struck me as a city of contrasts, struggling to come to terms with its dual role as the capital of the old communism and the new capitalism. Two million … Read more Moscow: A City of Contrasts

Logs, Whales and Waterfalls in Eastern Canada

After 40 years in Italy, a country rich in natural beauty, incredible monuments and historic cities, comparisons with Canada were inevitable. On our first evening, the road where our hotel was in Montreal reminded me of Leeds. Two days later, while staying in an old colonial-style hotel on Lake Beauport, north of Québec, a very … Read more Logs, Whales and Waterfalls in Eastern Canada

If You Believe The Rest of the World, Australia Will Soon Spontaneously Combust

Today I was going to whinge about the “band-aid” approach the Australian government is adopting to control binge drinking. They’ve decided to raise the tax on AlcoPops or RTD (Ready To Drink) beverages such as pre-mixed Bundy & Coke and UDL’s. However, I’ve found something much more interesting, for me anyway. A debate is brewing … Read more If You Believe The Rest of the World, Australia Will Soon Spontaneously Combust

Will Someone Please Turn the Taps Off !!?? Irrigation in the Vineyard – Why Waste?

On a recent trip to a large vineyard and citrus region in South Australia, I was quite amazed and angry to drive past vineyard after vineyard on a near 40 degree C day, with over-head irrigation systems pumping out litre after litre of precious Murray River water. Firstly, with the technology available today including drip … Read more Will Someone Please Turn the Taps Off !!?? Irrigation in the Vineyard – Why Waste?

Alternative Wine Closures: The Evolution Continues

It was with a little scepticism that I opened a clean skin wine the other night that a friend had brought over. I had never seen the glass stopper closure released by Alcoa, even though it was released over 3 years ago, aptly named the “vino-lok”. It seems there is is growing acceptance of this … Read more Alternative Wine Closures: The Evolution Continues

Mount Adam Vineyards – The Rebirth of an Iconic Brand

In 1972, the visionary David Wynn established the Mount Adam vineyards in the High Eden sub-region of the Eden Valley, South Australia. The painstaking research and trials that took place to find the perfect site built the foundation for the success of the Mountadam brand, particularly Chardonnay. The criteria for the selection was based on … Read more Mount Adam Vineyards – The Rebirth of an Iconic Brand

Pinot Gris on the Rise in Cool Climate Aussie Regions

We had lunch yesterday with a group of friends in Charleston in the Adelaide Hills, who are cool climate grape growers for some very well known South Australian winemakers. Initially when they developed the bare patch of land some 15 years ago, the consultant’s recommendations included Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, and a … Read more Pinot Gris on the Rise in Cool Climate Aussie Regions

Fashion: Emma Watson for People Tree

It seems that Harry Potter stardom and modelling for Burberry just aren’t enough for Emma Watson, who is also supporting Fairtrade through the ethical fashion label, People Tree. Visiting textile workers in Bangladesh, the star said: I don’t know how to impress upon people the importance of Fair Trade. It is so hard to get … Read more Fashion: Emma Watson for People Tree

Maison Martin Margiela Announce Eyewear Range

Maison Martin Margiela have teamed up with Cutler & Gloss to produce a range of high-fashion eyewear. From playfully ill-fitting lenses to wrap-around glamour, the two top design houses have collaborated to bring originality to the saturated sunglasses market. Patronised by stars such as Madonna and her daughter Lourdes, Cutler & Gross provides a discerning … Read more Maison Martin Margiela Announce Eyewear Range