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Domaine Du Grand Mayne you had me at Merlot

Wine is an alcoholic drink which is typically made from fermented grapes and courtesy of Domaine du Grand Mayne Merlot Cabernet wine I got to try theirs and their wine did not disappoint resulting in a lush glass of brilliant red wine, aromas of plums and black cherries, and a spicy fruity taste.

Did you know though that wine has been produced for thousands of years with the earliest coming from ancient China back in 7000 BC? Since then wine has become more and more popular with the European wine market encompassing three of the largest wine producing regions. Today, the five countries with the largest wine producing regions are in France, Spain, Italy, USA and China.

Domaine du Grand Mayne

Domaine du Grand Mayne was founded back in 1985 which was an abandoned vineyard with semi derelict buildings, overgrown copses and fields of maize and sunflowers, to the flourishing vineyard and winery that it is today.

Within a few years Domaine du Grand Mayne was totally transformed into a show piece artisan winery and vineyard who now have over 120,000 vines planted over 34 hectares (84 acres) producing an average of around 200,000 bottles a year.

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Laplandia award winning flavoured vodkas

I love coffee, and a great tipple. Each morning I wakeup 50% wondering if it’s too late to drink coffee, and 50% wondering if it’s too early for alcohol, especially vodka but thanks to Laplandia Espresso Vodka my solution to my life’s little dilemma has been resolved. Now I can have coffee and alcohol in one hit. Laplandia produce award winning pure premium vodka and flavoured vodkas.

Thanks to Laplandia on a courtesy basis I was given a few PR samples of their delicious award winning vodkas.

Laplandia

Laplandia is produced by Shaman Spirits Oy Ltd. The distillery and headquarters are located in Tyrnävä, Finland.

Founded 1998 Shaman Spirits began distilling. From the beginning the main vision was to be a boutique-like distillery which is known for its product quality. Today, it is the home of award winning, globally distributed brands such as Laplandia.

Laplandia are premium award winning vodka producers. To this day they have won multiple prestigious international tasting awards.

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The Little Pasta Company fresh pasta delivered to your door

What is pasta without the right sauce? check out these tasty fresh homemade pasta dishes which The Little Pasta Company make and sell for home delivery.

I am a lover of pasta and discovering The Little Pasta Company was a true delight as they sell a range of pasta dishes suitable for vegan and meat eaters as well as Italian side dishes and oils.

Gifted on a courtesy basis I was sent a PR pasta cookery kit to cook and taste thanks to The Little Pasta Company.

The Little Pasta Company

Founded 2020 The Little Pasta Company in Surrey is run by husband and wife team, Daniel and Anouska.  They produce at home fresh handmade pasta meal kits which all can be easily cooked and enjoyed at home. All the meal kits come with an instruction card along with all the ingredients you need to make a quick and delicious Italian meal, literally within just 5 minutes.

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Kerr’s Gin steam their botanicals

Most gin, if you are a lover of gin you will know that the botanicals are usually boiled but what makes Kerr’s Gin different you ask?, well they steam their botanicals. By steaming it captures more of the subtle aromas and complex flavours, together with the barley base, this creates a gin of distinctive depth and character.

I was given a thank you gift of Kerr’s Gin courtesy of The Borders Distillery for reviewing their Puffing Vodka.

Kerr’s Gin

The Borders Distillery opened back in March 2018 and was the first Scotch Whisky distillery in the Scottish Borders since 1837. They are dedicated to capturing the true spirit of the Borders bringing whisky making back to the region plus vodka and gin.

Kerr’s Gin is 43% ABV and is a Scottish Gin which is wholly distilled from barley and is grown only 20 miles of the distillery. 

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Hapsburg Absinthe equals strong and minty

Hapsburg Absinthe is one of the worlds most strongest liquors in the world with it having an ABV of 72.5%. Absinthe is a green, strong and minty drink which is great on it’s own, but also delicious in cocktails and also within food, yes food!.

Given a PR sample I was gifted a bottle of Hapsburg Absinthe in which my challenge was to cook with it which I was a bit dubious in it working as of it’s strong minty flavour but I was highly surprised by the results.

Hapsburg Absinthe

Established in 1999, Hapsburg Absinthe was one of the few pioneering brands to appear when the first resurgence of Absinthe took place, since it had been banned in Switzerland in 1905. Absinthe used to be very popular during the 1890’s and very fashionable in the vast majority of cafes, bars and salons, particularly in France and Switzerland, the birthplace of Absinthe. However in 1905 it got banned.

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Puffing Billy Vodka with a difference NO potatoes

Puffing Billy Vodka is different to any other Vodka as their Vodka is not made from potatoes nor grains but from malted barley instead.

I was kindly gifted a bottle of Puffing Billy vodka as a PR sample to enjoy at home as I am a lover of vodka and wow how I was surprised by the taste.

Puffing Billy

Puffing Billy ABV 40% is a new Scottish vodka which came on the market back in February 2020.

Their vodka is different to any other vodka as it’s made using malted barley.

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Casa Tua Italian gem in Kings Cross

Casa Tua brings authentic homemade traditional Italian food to London with their friendly environment within Kings Cross and I was invited on a complimentary basis along with some other members of Love Pop Ups London to taste a variety of their favourite dishes.

Casa Tua

Casa Tua popped up in Camden August 2013 bringing authentic Italian to Londoners giving a homely feel.

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KitchenAid Experience Store – How to use and cook with plant based food

I am not one for vegetables and so when I was invited via KitchenAid London to attend one of their cookery courses of my choice, I chose to learn about plant based food to see if I could actually enjoy a meal made out of vegetables entirely with no meat or fish and I must admit I was presently surprised and impressed.

KitchenAid

Firstly let me tell you a bit more about KitchenAid. They were founded back in 1886 by Josephine Cochrane she revolutionized the world of cooking.  She patented an invention that would in time become the dishwasher as we know it today. Nine of her incredible machines were exhibited, sold and used in restaurants. Some found a place in respected luxury hotels. Driven by the desire to popularise her invention, Joséphine adapted a model for household use just before her death in 1913.

From revolutionary inventions then took birth in 1919 with the first mixer and this is how the brand KitchenAid was born.

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Truly Authentic Italian Food – Venerdi

If you love Italian food just as much as I do then you will love the Italian restaurant Venerdi in Homerton. Their focus and aim is to cook quality authentic Italian food. I was invited along with a few other bloggers (Katie @isthatlondon and Joice @jojoexplora) to sample some of their mouthwatering dishes.

Venerdi

Venerdi is an Italian restaurant who cook quality authentic Italian food.

They like to bring diners an old world Italian style of cooking made with fresh Mediterranean ingredients. The menu combines classic Italian dishes with contemporary twists. From great ‘antipasti’ to the home made ‘specialita di pasta’,’ pizza’, ‘pesce’, ‘carne’, and delicious desserts, leaving any diners taste buds satisfied and full bellies. Thus, making Venerdi the perfect place for Italian food lovers!

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Rainbow pasta fun – Pasta Evangelists

I have always wanted to learn how to make multi coloured style pasta so when I got invited along to Pasta Evangelists latest masterclass to learn how to make rainbow pasta it was like being gifted a pot of gold.

Pasta Evangelists

Who are Pasta Evangelists?

Pasta Evangelists was founded in 2017 and is led by MD & Founder Alessandro Savelli, an Anglo-Italian entrepreneur.  Co-founders include Chairman James McArthur, former CEO at Harrods and CEO of Anya Hindmarch, as well as COO Chris Rennoldson, who enjoyed a long career in the city before training as a chef at Leith’s School of Food & Wine.

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