Producing the Goods

Longleat grape harvest

A TEAM of pickers has been hard at work harvesting more than three tonnes of grapes from the Longleat Estate’s vineyard, located in the walled kitchen garden. There are more than 4,500 vines; producing a mix of Bacchus, Orion, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. Up to ten volunteers have been taking part in the annual…

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Great Taste award for Capreolus

CAPREOLUS, the West Dorset-based artisan charcuterie producers, have added this year’s Golden Fork for the South West to their long list of Great Taste Awards from previous years. David and Karen Richards, who live and have their production base at Rampisham, won three gold Great Taste stars and went on to take the regional Golden…

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Drams from Dartmoor

TEN years of planning and maturing in the barrels have come to fruition with the release of Dartmoor Whisky, the ideal Christmas gift for any fan of single malt. Distilled and aged in the West Country’s first whisky distillery, at the gateway to Dartmoor the former in Bovey Tracey Town Hall, this whisky is firmly…

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A festive British Farmstead Cheese Board

DEVON-based farmhouse cheesemaker Quicke’s has unveiled the line-up for its first ever British Farmstead Cheese Board, hand-picked to be at their best during the Christmas festivities. Partnering with other artisan cheesemakers across the region, who craft their cheeses from milk produced within metres of the dairy, Mary Quicke has curated a winter cheese selection that…

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World Cheese Awards put back to 2021

THE World Cheese Awards, run by the Guild of Fine Food based at Gillingham, will not be taking place this year at Ovideo in the Spanish province of Asturias. The competition has been postponed to 2021, because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Guild has decided to extend Oviedo’s tenure as host city into 2021, and…

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Dairy stars in Great Taste Awards

THE West Country’s dairy heritage was to the fore in the list of three star winners in the 2020 Great Taste Awards, run by the Guild of Fine Food, based in Gillingham, north Dorset. The top products in the world’s most trusted food and drink awards included cheese, yogurt, cream and curd. Single stars were…

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An authentic taste of Dorset Cider

A GROUP of young Dorset craft cider makers gathered, socially distanced of course, for a unique cider tasting in the new Hinknowle Barn venue at Rupert Best’s estate at Melplash. The Dorset Cider Apple event was a chance to taste and judge a set of single variety ciders, the culmination of a fascinating project led by…

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Rosbif of “la France profonde” in Dorset

THE French used to refer to the English as “les rosbif” – a reference to our national predilection for roast beef. It remains true that Britain – including Scotland and Northern Ireland – produces some of the world’s finest beef. But the French have some excellent beef cattle, and one of the finest breeds is…

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