Monthly Archives: January 2014

Drakes Tabanco

Sherry and tapas are two of my favourite things and I’ve been meaning to give Drakes Tabanco a try for a while now, so on Friday off I went in search of some fino and jamon.

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Tucked away down a side street off Charlotte Lane, this sherry den is ideal if you want to perch on a stool at the charcuterie bar, glass in hand, or if you want to sit and leisurely enjoy a selection of small plates for dinner.

If the latter appeals to you, I recommend the garlic and chilli prawns, cured sardines and braised pig cheeks, all washed down with a glass of Fino ‘en Rama’ Especial, served straight from the barrel and followed by a generous slice of chocolate and oloroso tart.

A meal for two with bread and wine will set you back a rather reasonable £70.

¡Salud!

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You don’t have to give up completely!

Thousands are taking part in dry January or Veganuary this month but instead of giving up everything you enjoy, why not just enjoy a little less of it? Whether it be gin, steak, carbs, caffeine or chocolate, a little bit of what you fancy does you good! This month, I’ll continue to enjoy a glass of wine, so here are two of my favourite low alcohol options to see you through an otherwise incredibly boring lettuce-filled January!

Wirra Wirra Mrs Wigley Moscato, 4.5% alc, Australia, reduced to £5.99, Ocado

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This pretty pink Moscato is my guilty wine pleasure (particularly with a punnet of strawberries in the summer months). With sweet melon and lychee flavours, this juicy, bright tipple is balanced by gentle acidity and a subtle spritz – share a bottle or two with friends on a lazy Saturday afternoon.

Max Ferd Richter Veldenzer Elisenberg Riesling Kabinett 2011, 9.5% alc, Germany, £13.99, Laithwaites

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Typically lower in alcohol and lighter in style, flavoursome Kabinett Rieslings are perfect for lighter sipping. This white makes a delicious aperitif and, with white peach flavours and an off dry finish, it is also ideal alongside spicy Asian cuisine.

Cheers to a healthy and happy 2014!

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