Wine News 23-30 December

Welcome to the final installment of the wine news for the year! Did you see these winey news items?

Decanter asked people to post photos of the bottle they enjoyed on Christmas with the hashtag #mychristmaswine. If you missed it, take a peek at what other people were drinking here.

Decanter also offered a guide to cheese and wine, including tips from Gerard Basset, Master of Wine, Master Sommelier and 2010’s Best Sommelier in the World.

We found a lot that interested us on Decanter this week, come to think of it. There was also this difficult 20-question quiz on Bordeaux. Only the brave need apply.

Bill Ward posted on ordering wine in restaurants without feeling intimidated or foolish. Some great practical tips included.

Ordering Chinese? VinePair’s article on what to drink with standard fare from Chinese menus in the US will help you pick the perfect bottle. (Janet swears Chinese food in the UK is often significantly different, so although these are also standard dishes on menus in the UK too, you may not have the same luck with these pairing suggestions.)

Still organising a New Year’s Eve bash? Wine Spectator‘s article on Spanish pintxos (two-bite hors d’oeuvres served with drinks), including recipes and wine suggestions, might inspire you.

And last, but not least, Fiona Beckett posted an end-of-the-year round-up of her twelve best drink pairings of 2014. See if you missed one of these intriguing matches.

Have we told you lately that we appreciate your interest in our little blog? We do. We are posting weekly and as we have time around other commitments, and we are posting just what we find interesting or worthwhile, so it’s lovely to find that people share those interests and enjoy the posts. Happy New Year to all our readers, and here’s to a brilliant start to 2015!

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