£3 for every bottle of wine sent to Treasury

The Oxford Times: Budget for alcohol.

3:46pm Thursday 29th March 2012

There was a lot of talk on Friday about the announcement of the Government’s Alcohol Strategy. This included a minimum unit price (mup) of 40p a unit of alcohol. This means that those of us that regularly spend £6-£10 on a bottle of wine probably won’t see a price difference due to the mup. However, those that partake in Aldi’s £2.99 a bottle or three bottles under £9, will now be paying more unless those bottles are under 9.97% Alcohol By Volume (ABV) which is doubtful.

Summer in a bottle

The Oxford Times: Summer in a bottle

1:31pm Tuesday 30th June 2009

Sarah McCleery suggests some perfectly pleasant ways to enjoy the sunny days ahead . . .

Jazzy dining

1:08pm Tuesday 30th June 2009

Denise Barkley enjoys a summer’s evening of good food and entertainment at Villandry

Right on the nose

10:47am Tuesday 30th June 2009

Sarah McCleery meets Ben Woods, a wine advisor for Waitrose

Joining the Beaujolais Cru

11:15am Thursday 23rd April 2009

Sarah McCleery is impressed by the variety and quality she discovered on a trip to an overlooked wine-producing region of France

All the way from Margaret River

2:41pm Monday 9th March 2009

Sarah McCleery visits the Woody Nook restaurant at Woodcote to get a taste of some fine Australian wines

Keeping up a fine tradition

The Oxford Times: The Trout at Tadpole Bridge

2:44pm Monday 9th March 2009

Denise Barkley finds that the award-winning Trout at Tadpole Bridge lives up to her expectations

True taste of luxury living

The Oxford Times: True taste of luxury living

3:03pm Tuesday 27th January 2009

Denise Barkley discovers that Whatley Manor lives up to all the accolades

Festive wine choices

10:48am Friday 12th December 2008

Sarah McCleery looks back over 2008 and selects her favourites for the festive season

Labelled with love

The Oxford Times: Labelled with love

10:47am Thursday 9th October 2008

The Pinotage grape is unique to South African winemakers. A cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, it was the brainchild of a professor at the University of Stellebosch in the 1920s.

You can bank on the Boathouse

The Oxford Times: The Cherwell Boathouse

10:38am Thursday 9th October 2008

Katherine MacAlister discovers that an Oxford favourite is still setting the standards for fine dining and originality

Bonny from over the ocean

The Oxford Times: Randall Grahm

1:47pm Wednesday 6th August 2008

Sarah McCleery meets legendary winemaker Randall Grahm

Transports of delight

The Oxford Times:

3:06pm Friday 11th July 2008

I was born on Tyneside in 1948 and graduated from Newcastle-upon- Tyne College of Art and Industrial Design in 1969, having studied illustration, typography and graphic design.

Living the dream

The Oxford Times: Barney Morse-Brown

3:01pm Friday 11th July 2008

Just ten months after being invited to perform alongside some of the biggest names in the music world Cumnor cellist Barney Morse-Brown found himself on stage collecting a prestigious prize at this year's BBC Folk Radio Awards.

Hold very tight please

The Oxford Times:

2:50pm Friday 11th July 2008

With a number of great bus-themed hits of the past playing annoyingly in my head - a mixture of Flanders and Swann, mawkish late-night Country and Western, and playgroup outings - I was doubtful about how much I would find to enjoy at the Oxford Bus and Morris Motors Museum.

Chilean and cheerful

The Oxford Times: Eduardo Chadwick

2:47pm Friday 11th July 2008

I t is a source of some irritation that the predictive text facility on my mobile phone accepts gr8 as a word (as, I have just learned, does my PC's spellchecker) and yet it rejects what I would call proper' words such as bode and vitriolic.

Jamioe does the business

The Oxford Times: Jamie Oliver in Oxford

2:41pm Friday 11th July 2008

Katherine MacAlister plucks up courage to say that Jamie’s Italian is really rather good . . .

The map man

The Oxford Times: Nick Millea

2:28pm Friday 11th July 2008

Linora Lawrence meets Nick Millea, head of the Bodleian Map Library

A breed apart

The Oxford Times: Richard Liwicki

11:41am Friday 30th May 2008

I am beginning to think that I should, for the sake of the English wine industry, stop visiting our 160-odd vineyards. With every visit I make, I bring with me the sort of weather that can wipe out an entire vintage.

Outstanding in their field

The Oxford Times: Jan Harvey and Sophie Thompson

11:08am Friday 30th May 2008

Painter Jan Harvey and scrap metal sculptor Sophie Thompson, who have previously exhibited on their own forArtweeks, are joining forces this year to produce a show on a theme dear to both their hearts - rare breed animals.

Forza Alesi!

The Oxford Times:

11:00am Friday 30th May 2008

J ean Alesi had a spectacular Formula One career that lasted for more than 12 years. At the beginning he won the French Formula Three title, then graduated to Formula 3000 with the French ORECA team in 1988.

Comics, Coca-Cola and childhood memories

The Oxford Times:

10:57am Friday 30th May 2008

H amish Vigne Christie Paul - better known to his many fans as Korky was born in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1951, one of seven children.

Martyrs memorial

The Oxford Times:

10:53am Friday 30th May 2008

I wonder how many of the commuters driving through the village of South Newington on the busy main road between Banbury and Chipping Norton know that they are within a stone's throw of probably the finest wall paintings of any church in Oxfordshire?

Know your onions!

10:49am Friday 30th May 2008

I admit, I had to refer to Wikipedia to confirm what an Allium was. I thought it was a kind of lily (I was getting confused with Arum) - in fact Allium is the onion genus and there are no less than 1,250 species covering everything from onions, shallots and leeks to garlic and chives.

Saved by the bistro

The Oxford Times:

10:39am Friday 30th May 2008

All dressed up but nothing to eat? Katherine MacAlister has her night out at the Feathers rescued by a menu . . .

Best brews

The Oxford Times:

5:31pm Friday 28th March 2008

T ipples Brewery, which is just a few miles from Norwich, was founded in 2004 by Jason Tipple. The brewery uses a traditional full mash method to create an exciting range of bottle conditioned beers.

Magic organic

5:29pm Friday 28th March 2008

Sarah McCleery offers her selection of favourite organic wines from around the globe

Raymond would be proud

The Oxford Times:

5:28pm Friday 28th March 2008

Katherine MacAlister visits The Thatch, home to TV-show winners couple, Jane and Jeremy Hooper

Tale of two peaches

The Oxford Times: The Fishes roast board

5:25pm Friday 28th March 2008

Denise Barkley visits two award-winning Oxfordshire pubs with an emphasis on fine food in a relaxed atmosphere . . .

Best brews

The Oxford Times:

10:58am Friday 7th March 2008

Jennings Brewery, in the historic Cumbrian market town of Cockermouth, was established in 1828 by John Jennings, a local farmer, and remained an independent brewery until it was acquired by Marston's PLC in 2005.

Mad about Austria

The Oxford Times:

10:56am Friday 7th March 2008

The tills are alive to the taste of grüner, writes Sarah McCleery

Magic of The Vineyard

10:54am Friday 7th March 2008

Denise Barkley enjoys a taste of elegance created by John Campbell — the ‘cerebral chef’

Best brews

The Oxford Times:

11:36am Tuesday 12th February 2008

More and more people are beginning to realise that cider is both delicious and refreshing. A huge variety of traditional ciders are now easily available to try - and many micro-breweries are springing up to produce cider. Here are three of my favourites.

Motley Cru

The Oxford Times:

11:33am Tuesday 12th February 2008

Sarah McCleery falls for the produce of the less well-known Grand Cru vinyards

Theatre of dreams

The Oxford Times:

11:29am Tuesday 12th February 2008

Katherine MacAlister banishes the post-Christmas blues with a trip to Oxfordshire’s most exclusive restaurant

Best beers

The Oxford Times:

2:51pm Monday 11th February 2008

Dark winter months call for quality premium beer with guts, which is exactly what the London brewers Fullers produce. You will find these beers at both Waitrose and Sainsbury.

Secrets of the cellars

The Oxford Times:

2:49pm Monday 11th February 2008

Sarah McCleery takes some time out to focus on her wine-tasting plans for 2008

Warm welcome in Wallingford

The Oxford Times: Barman Daniele puts the finishing touches to a glass of sangria at La Vina

2:45pm Monday 11th February 2008

Katherine MacAlister decides that an Oxford icon needs to stop resting on its laurels — and discovers a great place for lunch in Wallingford

Best brews

5:11pm Friday 21st December 2007

Now that Christmas is approaching it's time to consider stocking-up with some delicious beers that can be sipped and enjoyed round the festive table. With so many superb beers being brewed now, it is also worth slipping them into a few Christmas stockings too - and keeping a few bottles near the chimney for Santa.

A winter's tale

The Oxford Times: Snow covers the ground at a vineyard in the Chianti region

5:09pm Friday 21st December 2007

Sarah McCleery looks back over a busy 12 months in her quest for the finest of wines

Terrific Thai

The Oxford Times: Areerart Promkeaw and Anwar Pervaiz at the White Horse, Forest Hill

5:06pm Friday 21st December 2007

The White Horse in Forest Hill, Oxford, has been transformed from an abysmal pub where karaoke and lager reigned supreme into a magical place you actually want to go and eat.

Any old port?

10:36am Monday 3rd December 2007

. . . not for our wine writer Sarah McCleery, who reports from the Sandeman Port seminar at Oporto

Cotswold comforts

3:43pm Friday 30th November 2007

Denise Barkley takes a trip to Chipping Campden and discovers a versatile and welcoming eaterie in this bustling market town

Mainly from Spain

4:39pm Friday 26th October 2007

Sarah McCleery reports from the Spanish New Wave Wine Awards

A hidden gem

4:36pm Friday 26th October 2007

Is it me, or are all the best gastro pubs ridiculously difficult to find? Just when you are about to give up and turn back, or begin wondering if it is worth sleeping in the car overnight, you come across your destination.

Thai for two

10:11am Wednesday 6th June 2007

Katherine MacAlister samples the delights of two of Oxford’s top Thai restaurants — and has no doubts about her favourite

Rooftop view

10:01am Wednesday 6th June 2007

Katherine MacAlister feels like she has won the lottery after finding two wonderful eateries in the space of one week

The case for chardonnay

The Oxford Times: Try a delicious brut blanc  de blancs  made only with chardonnay grapes

11:31am Tuesday 5th June 2007

Sarah McCleery defends one of her favourite grape varieties, which has gone from hero to zero

A matter of taste

The Oxford Times: The utterly delicious La Vigne de l'Oubli 2003

1:09pm Friday 20th April 2007

Grumpy Sarah McCleery owns up to a dislike of her fellow wine-tasters . . .

Eat, drink and enjoy the view

The Oxford Times:

12:59pm Friday 20th April 2007

The picturesque Trout Inn, at Godstow, reopened its doors in March following a major refurbishment, costing more than £750,000. This popular pub and restaurant has been lovingly restored and transformed into a stylish drinking and dining destination.



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