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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Grant View Post
    That link brings up a virus / trojan warning in avast.
    really I've had no issues with it Symantec isnt picking it as a problem and the works network which it as secure as you can be has no issues with it.

    it the trip that Oz Clarke & James May did on the train from Batley to Stalybridge stopping off at the stations with pubs on them.

    Dewsbury was my Fav

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    Interesting

    Avast reports a trojan as soon as link is clicked and blocks access,

    AVG online link checker shows threats:

    http://www.avgthreatlabs.com/siterep...ail.net&check=

    Might just be false positives to try to encourage people to buy better virus software.

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    Having just spent some time in Morocco (based on Marraketch) I can report that there are some fine local wines to be enjoyed there.

    The first to attract my attention was a vin gris ('grey wine'). I first came across vin gris in Madagascar; the art of wine making being brought not as you might think by the French but by Swiss missionaries. From memory I would have described this as a tawny coloured wine, darker than vin blanc, more the colour of whisky. But that was nearly twenty years ago.

    The vin gris I enjoyed (a 2009 Guerrouane Gris, 12% Cinsault) had a distinct rosé tint, but it was not a rosé; they were listed separately. This vin gris was darker than a rosé. Served chilled (10 degC) it was perfect with barbecued fish.

    I also tried a local white: a 2009 Cap Blanc Fruits de Mer Blanc de Blancs. This is made from 'clairette' and 'd'Ugni Blanc' grapes. Perfectly acceptable but not such a delight as finding the gris.

    I tried a couple of reds. The first a 2009 Guerrouane Rouge, made from Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault and Alicante grapes. Perfectly fine with red meats and cheese, but not as good as the:

    2008 Vin de Maroc Medallion Rouge, a Vin Vieux Grande Reserve. Marked as a Cabernet, so either Sauvignon or Franc. Bottled by Thalvin au domaine des Ouled Thalbet Bensilmane, this was quite something. A smooth and well structured wine with soft tannins but not a particularly long finish.

    All the wines were 13% ABV and worked out at about £12 a bottle with the exception of the last which was about £20 a bottle - still not too bad for hotel and restaurant prices. (The same could not be said for whisky - I paid £6.40 for a good measure, more than a single but not a double!)

    The (lager) beers available are also pretty good - I drank 'Casablanca'. Like most African lagers it's 5% strength.


    Anyway I'm now home so have just enjoyed a half bottle of 2009 Château Rollin, a Haute-Medoc. Situated next to the Pauillac region this wine is a blend of 50% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by s70rmp View Post
    really I've had no issues with it Symantec isnt picking it as a problem and the works network which it as secure as you can be has no issues with it.

    it the trip that Oz Clarke & James May did on the train from Batley to Stalybridge stopping off at the stations with pubs on them.

    Dewsbury was my Fav
    did the Rail ale trail last year - excellent fun. We started in Dewsbury, great pub. Problem we had was Leeds were playing at home the Sheff Utd so early on the pubs were packed with football fans. My friend leaves near rotherham as well so the train we got in to Leeds was the Shefflied to Leeds train - lots of fun.

    We did a coupleof pubs not on the list as a friend had done it the previous month and a couple of them were excellent. these were not the ones closest to the stations. Can't remember the names though - may have had quite a few beers that day

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    2008 Chateau Pierrousselle, Bordeaux

    Situated in the Entre-Deux-Mers region south-east of Bordeaux. A mixture of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grape.

    http://www.ginestet.fr/medias/4df712...deaux-2008.pdf

    Available from your local Co-op at £6.50.

    Must be served at 18 degC and allowed to breath for at least half an hour, otherwise the wine has a 'dumb' nose and the flavours are suppressed.

    An excellent mid week slurp.
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    Exclamation Suitable wine to go with sushi?

    Tesco have on half price offer (£4.99):

    2010 Ogio Pinot Grigio.

    My favourite Pinot Grigio, my second favourite is Dino, also available from Tesco.

    Have just enjoyed a couple of glasses of the Ogio, nicely chilled, with some sushi on a bed of mixed salad leaves and chopped watercress.


    Which brings me to a question I would like to ask learned readers of this thread: what is the best wine to go with sushi? Please don't all reply "saki" - I'm not over fond of saki and can't be bothered with all the palarvar to serve it at blood temperature.

    Any and all recommendations will be most greatfully received.

    Regards
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    Hi Barry,

    In my personal experience, on the handful of times I've enjoyed sushi properly, I think it is a good idea to dust the credit card off and go for a bottle of Champers. I'm not a big Champagne fan usually, but definitely enjoyed it with Sushi. Of course, I may just be a Heathen!

    (There is a caveat to this - I've only ever eaten sushi in a decent Japanese restaurant with very good friends, so I suspect the mood may have had as much to do with it as the choice of "plonk!" )
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    Hi Barry,

    Who's the lucky lady you're wining and dining?

    As Sushi has quite a delicate, yet sophisticated flavour, I'd go for a wine with similar characteristics, such as a good quality French Sauvignon Blanc, from the Bordeaux area.

    There are some good suggestions on this site, some of which I have tasted:

    http://www.wine-pages.com/organise/b...-sauvignon.htm

    Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Hi Barry,

    Who's the lucky lady you're wining and dining?

    As Sushi has quite a delicate, yet sophisticated flavour, I'd go for a wine with similar characteristics, such as a good quality French Sauvignon Blanc, from the Bordeaux area.

    There are some good suggestions on this site, some of which I have tasted:

    http://www.wine-pages.com/organise/b...-sauvignon.htm

    Enjoy!

    Marco.
    Thanks Guys for your suggestions.

    Alex - I'm not particularly fond of Champagne either, or of any carbonated beverage; though in the case of Champagne I do believe "you get what you pay for", that is good Champagne is not cheap.

    Marco - my consumption of Pinot Grigiot with sushi was a seul. However, a week ago, I was entertaining a Japanese lady-friend of mine at a top class Japanese restaurant in London. We drank Japanese beer with our meal.

    Regards
    Barry

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    Supped a gallon of 'Sneck Lifter' tonight, nice dark bitter (5.1%). yum yum yummy yum yum


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