Cheers 2013 - (Page 11)

t raise a glass FOREWORD OZ CLARKE reveals what he's been up to, and what's to come... C hristmas already? No, it can't be. Where did the year go? Chocolates still litter my desk from last year. I still have that second bottle of Port ready, just in case. I could probably find some mince pies if I look under the right cushions! Doesn't time fly! But at least this means that I've been busy in 2013. I've been to South Africa, New Zealand, Virginia, New York State, Croatia, Spain, Italy and France (numerous times) seeking out new wines. I've even visited the Isle of Man risking life and limb on a motorbike - of sorts - with my old sparring partner, James May. You'll see the results on your screens soon. In between, I've been writing books and touring the country with the Three Wine Men. And I've been banging the drum about wine being good for you, English fizz being world class and Sherry being the new rock 'n roll. I should know; I sang most of the old stuff. And, most recently, I've been mouthing off about the deeply dubious 'half price' offers in our supermarkets that aren't half price at all. A word in your ear; if you see piles of bottles at the end of supermarket aisles screaming luridly about their amazing cheapness - don't believe them. There are lots of good wine bargains around at Christmas. A spurious half-price deal isn't one of them. But Christmas is a time to indulge, to celebrate and, OK, to splurge a bit. After a long year with the days short and drear, good wine, enjoyed with friends, is the most wonderful pick-me-up. I can't wait for that warm, friendly fug of Christmas celebrations to envelop me once again. When it's all over, winter's half gone, spring beckons. So I've put together some great suggestions to help you have a memorable Christmas. I've got cheap and expensive - but all good to drink and worth the price. I've chosen wines from the supermarkets and from independent merchants, from Old World and New World, old favourites, new discoveries - all chosen to put a smile on your face and good cheer in your heart. Oz Clarke CHEERS 011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Cheers 2013

EDITOR’S LETTER
HELLO FROM OZ
CIAO FROM SALVATORE
HOT OFF THE PRESS
SNIFF AND SPIT
HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS
SOUTHERN STARS
PARTY PIECES
UP AND COMING
LET’S GET FIZZICAL
BUON NATALE
A SAFE HARBOUR
ITALIAN MASTERS
MIXING IT UP
CLASSIC COCKTAILS
WONDROUS WHISKY
VERSATILE VODKA
GIN-GIN
CAKES AND ALE
BOTTLE SHOP
SOMETHING TO EAT
GOURMET GETAWAYS
GIFTS AND GADGETS
BOXING CLEVER
STOCK UP YOUR BAR
BLOG IT!

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