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LOW­ERS ARE the per­fect fin­ish­ing touch when en­ter­tain­ing. Why not learn how to cre­ate pro­fes­sional ar­range­ments, at the Ju­dith Black­lock Flower School, in a flower-filled mews close to the busy hub of Knights­bridge? A lead­ing pri­vate flower school, it has been es­tab­lished for 12 years and has an ex­cep­tional rep­u­ta­tion­world­wide­forteach­ing clas­sic flower-ar­rang­ing skills and cut­ting-edge floristry meth­ods.

The cour­ses are un­der the aus­pices of the Bri­tish Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Coun­cil (BAC) and the Amer­i­can In­sti­tute of Flo­ral De­sign­ers (AIFD). There are timeta­bles to suit all sched­ules and lev­els — in­clud­ing one­day classes, part­time tuition and in­ten­sive two-week train­ing. Pri­vate tuition and group book­ings are avail­able upon re­quest.

Ju­dith is the author of 11 best­selling books and edi­tor of The Flower Ar­ranger mag­a­zine. She has taught world­wide and ar­ranged the flow-

SUM­MER 2013 ers at Kens­ing­ton Palace on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. In 2011, she co-or­gan­ised Flow­ers at Chiche­ley Hall, the largest cut-flower event ever staged in the UK. Ju­dith makes reg­u­lar tele­vi­sion ap­pear­ances and acts as con­sul­tant to com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Topshop, Chan­nel 4 and BT.

You can con­tact the school on 020 7235 6235, or see www. ju­dith­black­lock.com Ke­dem is bring­ing in some new, lighter wines for sum­mer. They in­clude a fruity Span­ish gar­nacha (grenache) by Ra­mon Car­dova, with a bou­quet of cher­ries and wild berries, re­tail­ing at around £13.50 a bot­tle at in­de­pen­dent kosher retailers. From Adir, one sum­mery op­tion is the Shi­raz Kerem Ben Zimra (win­ner of a gold re­gional tro­phy from De­canter), with “a rich bou­quet of con­cen­trated black fruit, touches of cas­sis, a wide va­ri­ety of sea­son­ings, a few fresh greens, full-bod­ied and dom­i­nant but not con­trol­ling wood and a pleas­ant sweet­ness”. From the same Up­per Galilee win­ery and also a De­canter gold medal­list is the Adir Plato caber­net sauvi­gnon, of­fer­ing “a rich bou­quet with red and black fruits... red rasp­berry, new wood, mocha and cof­fee, firm tan­nins”.

Rosé is quintessen­tially sum­mery, so try the Rose du Cas­tel 2012 (60 per cent mer­lot, 22 per cent Mal­bec, 18 per cent caber­net franc), with “tan­ta­lis­ing aro­mas of straw­ber­ries, cran­ber­ries and cot­ton candy, fruity and com­plex on the palate with a mouth­wa­ter­ingly re­fresh­ing acid­ity”. This rosé has just ar­rived and looks set to re­peat the suc­cess of the 2011 vin­tage.

From the Tulip Win­ery, which has made a name for it­self with its Mostly range, comes a Mostly Caber­net Franc, again light in style and com­ple­ment­ing sum­mer dishes per­fectly.

Look­ing for a wine that pairs well with bar­be­cued food? Barkan has a new pre­mium range, the As­sem­blage (French for “blend”). Th­ese are re­serve-style wines, but de­signed for drink­ing straight away. Names to look out for within the As­sem­blage range are Ei­tan, Tzafit and Re­ichan. Ei­tan and Tzafit have “scents of black fruit, mainly cas­sis, which lead to aro­mas of to­bacco, rose­mary, nut­meg and old leather”, while Re­ichan has an aroma of mint-choco­late candy.

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