IceMoon Colour Changing LED Shower Head in Action

Everyone needs to shower – So make it fun!

The Editor purchased an LED colour-changing shower head as our shower assembly was falling apart. He has reviewed it on Beyond the PC, our new technology site. I think you might find this amusing. After all, cleanliness is next to godliness!

This is true for for our readers interested in fine food and wine, but doubly true for those of our readers who make fine food and wine!

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Cornas Chaillot 2009 Franck Balthazar

Competently classy Cornas

When you have a really cracking piece of Beechcroft Direct Farm top rump to roast what do you drink with it? We have done Hermitage a bit much recently, and it is a bit too much of a chilly evening to eat rare beef and drink Hermitage naked. Syrah is a definite option and it […]


Dani loves Délice de Bourgogne

On cheeses

The Telegraph published a Branston Pickles survey of Britain’s favourite cheeses. It turns out Britons have taste, as long as they buy the ones I recommend.


Davy enjoying a mock poncha

Blood orange mock poncha

Poncha is the fuel of Madeira, everywhere serves it and everyone drinks it. So deeply embedded is it in the culture of Madeira that it is a Protected Denomination of Origin – you can only get the real thing on Madeira. Hence this is mock poncha. Blood oranges are also not typical of the real […]

The tomato of god!

Marinda tomatoes

The world is full of wonders, most of which you will never discover. When you have had Isle of Wight and San Marzano tomatoes you think you have done ‘tomatoes’. Then you try Sicilian Marinda tomatoes and the world will never be the same again. These tomatoes are from the Pachino region of Sicily and […]

Yarra Valley Pinot and Bourgogne Rouge

Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2012

With our simple but delicious lunch of M&S BBQ Hickory Steak Pizza we popped a bottle of Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2012. Not the grandest wine in the world, but it was quite lovely and served to illustrate an instructive point. I shall start with my chum Mac’s wine. It was Pinot of […]

Paula’s Bistro – our favourite restaurant in Madeira

The Editor likes squid

I feel pretty confident in describing Paula’s Bistro as The Editor’s and my favourite restaurant on Madeira as we ate there every single day. I feel less confident in describing the breadth of their cooking ability as we only ate a total of three different dishes on our five visits. Two of them were brilliant, […]

Migoua 1999


I used to drink Domaine Tempier Bandol all the time. There was a shop in Oxford that sold La Migoua and La Tourtine 1990 for a tenner a bottle – how could I refuse? The aim was always to age it, but most bottles only stayed unpopped for a few days. I did manage to […]

Barbeito Madeira

Cabo Girao from viewpoint

You can reach for the stars if you climb the Cabo Girao at 589 metres above sea level. Alternatively you can taste vinous stars if you call Sergio[ref]Sergio, the Barbeito-favoured taxi driver, can be called on the number +351 919912420[/ref] to take you up a little higher to the Vinhos Barbeito winery. There you can […]

Thieving bastard

Bastard thief

The Editor and I had a bit of bad news on Monday morning. I got a call from the host of our cellar in France and he told us it had been broken into and a large proportion of our wine had been stolen. I was a shade distraught at this news. Our wine collections […]