LEVIN Wine have always hand-thinned their vineyards at what wine growers call veraison ‘the onset of ripening’. The grapes are grown on LEVIN Wine’s certified organic vineyards in the Loire Valley, France. David Levin and his Australian wife, Lynne are committed to producing a world class Sauvignon Blanc in the Loire Valley. Adopting a philosophy…

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Ingredients For the parsnip purée 50g/2oz butter 150g/5oz parsnips, finely chopped 90ml/3½fl oz double cream For the verjus butter 50ml/2fl oz verjus 50ml/2fl oz light chicken stock 110g/4oz butter, chilled, cubed salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp golden sultanas, chopped and soaked in 2 tbsp verjus ¼ cucumber, peeled, finely chopped 3 spring…

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The word ‘Verjus’ derives from the Middle French ‘vert jus’ meaning green juice. It is made from pressed unripe (or green) grapes. Verjus was used widely by medieval cooks as a condiment, in sauces, soups and to deglaze. Verjus is first mentioned in the medieval handbook on health and wellbeing, called the Tacuinum Sanitatis. Following…

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