Archive for January 2013

Happy Birthday Oprah

January 29, 2013

Happy birthday to the queen of chat. Today is Oprah Winfrey’s 59th birthday. An ALTO cheers to the legend!



Happy Birthday Neil

January 24, 2013

Today is Neil Diamond’s 72nd birthday. An ALTO cheers to the legend!

PS What’s your favourite Neil Diamond song?

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Roast beef with red wine gravy

January 16, 2013

Roast beef with red wine gravyHere’s a lovely crowd-pleasing roast beef with red wine gravy recipe. Great with some company and with a glass of ALTO.


  • fore rib of beef 2-rib, French-trimmed, chine bone removed
  • olive oil
  • 8 shallots , halved and peeled
  • a few sprigs of thyme
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 350ml red wine
  • 300ml beef stock
  • 2 tsp redcurrant jelly


  1. Heat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Season the beef thoroughly. Heat a heavy roasting tin on the hob and add a little oil. Sear the beef all over until you have a good colour. Add the shallots and thyme to the roasting tin then roast for 30 minutes. turn down the oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Keep cooking the beef for 15 minutes per 450g for medium-rare. Take out of the tin and rest for at least 40 minutes under foil.
  2. Put the roasting tin on the hob, sprinkle in the flour and stir everything well. Add the wine, beef stock and redcurrant jelly and simmer till reduced by half. Strain into a jug to serve.

Source: bbcgoodfood

Quote of the day…

January 16, 2013

‘A new friend is new wine; when it grows old, you will enjoy drinking it.’

-Alan Kay

new friend

Great wine quote for the Thursday…

January 10, 2013

‘If food is the body of good living, wine is its soul.’

-Clifton Fadiman