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Slow the pace down with a wine-themed cruise around the canals
and waterways of France's wine regions. Belmond o ers allinclusive
itineraries, led by a Master of Wine, on luxury barges.
The Wine Academy tours are tailored to your level of knowledge,
and barges can sleep groups of four to 12. For prices and more
information on itineraries, visit belmond.com/a oat-in-france
SALUD! We love this new book from
Talia Baiocchi, Sherry: A Modern
Guide to The Wine World's Best-Kept
Secret (£20, Jacqui Small). It gives a
history and overview of the styles, food
and cocktail recipes, plus tips on top
producers. For more on sherry, see p.144
Winning wines English wines were one of the great success stories
of the 2015 Sommelier Wine Awards. Run by Square Meal's sister
magazine Imbibe, SWA is a competition judged
by sommeliers. Look out for the logo on wine lists and bottles in
restaurants across the capital as a guarantee of quality.
WHAT'S BEST WITH…
Strawberries & Cream
A quintessential part of English summertime
(along with Wimbledon, Pimm's and rain),
strawberries and cream are a seasonal
treat. Enjoy them with an o -dry sparkler
to accentuate the sweetness of the ripe
fruit; while the zz gives a fresh contrast
to cut through the rich cream. You'll nd
plenty of examples in our Champagne
Special (see p.197) or try one of these...
BARGAIN: Mrs Wigley Moscato, McLaren
Vale, South Australia; £7.99 (50cl), Ocado
Named after the winery cat, this delightful
rosé Moscato is naturally low in alcohol and
packed with roses, melon and lychee.
BEST BUY: Colle del Principe Prosecco,
Veneto, Italy; £11.99, Marks ¡ Spencer
Light and fresh, with a touch of sweetness
that works well with strawberries, this
prosecco is great value for money.
BLOW-OUT: Nyetimber Demi-Sec NV,
West Sussex, England; £38.99, Majestic
From one of the top English wineries, crisp
citrus notes are balanced by buttery brioche
for some sophisticated sipping.
SO M M ELIE R W IN E AWA R D s.co M
M M ELIE R W AWAWA AWAW R D S CO MEDAL WINNER