Everything you need to know when visiting a chateau

Wine-tasting technique, grape varieties and winemaking keywords: find out everything you need to know when visiting a chateau. How to taste wine There are three main steps involved when tasting a wine, focusing on three of our senses: sight, smell and taste. Observe: Appreciate the wine’s limpidity (clarity) and its…

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Bitesized guide: Hop Farm Festival

In our third bitesized guide to the UK's summer festivals, we visit the Hop Farm Festival, where top quality music is washed down with real ale. Musical talent will descend on Kent this July for a festival with a difference. We've got tickets up for grabs too. Don’t expect any special treatment here…

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Porto minibreak

Take a slug of port, grab a squeaky rubber hammer and join the riverside mayhem in northern Portugal's most charismatic city, which celebrates its unique St John's Festival in June. Recent years have seen a dramatic facelift of Lisbon’s upcountry cousin, which was once an attractive but down-to-business port city,…

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