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Non-Alcoholic Drinks: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly


Wine and pregnancy aren’t exactly the most compatible of partners.

Whilst everyone has their own take on drinking during pregnancy, I’ve pretty well steered cleared of anything vaguely fermented socially and in professional situations have been sure to ‘taste’ not ‘drink’ (ie made full use of the spittoon).

Now, that’s not to sound sanctimonious. I would have happily allowed myself a glass or two a week, but my husband (who is now affectionately known as the fun police) preferred that I abstain, and to be honest, 9 months (or 7.5 once I found out) isn’t that long a time in the whole scheme of things, is it?

Yet I must admit the thought of 9 7.5 months drinking sparkling water and soda socially was never very appealing so I’ve used this time wisely; undertaking an exploration of the world of ‘adult’ non-alcoholic drinks available to us on the Riviera. Continue Reading…

Drink & Eat & Visit, Foreign Grapevine, Reviews and Reports

Zivjeli! Balkan Wine Highlights


If, like me, you’re fascinated by off-the beaten track wine and wine regions, it doesn’t get much better than the Balkans.

Stumbling across the Kosovan Wine Route? Tick. Watching the World Cup Final in a Macedonian vineyard? Tick. Having my first ever glass of Vranac and Žilavka? Yep, you guessed it, tick.

The past month has been an amazing adventure and we tried to squeeze as much wine tourism in as possible. But our trip was first and foremost a holiday and sometimes I just wanted to relax and enjoy the places we were visiting without trying to organise the next vineyard visit.  Continue Reading…

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