Seasonal tastein food & wine

Artisan pies by Adams & Harlow; Fiovana Superfruit Cordials; decadent doughnuts from Bread Ahead; delectable summer wine

Life 0f pie

A century ago, George Adams and Dick Harlow ran rival butchers’ shops in Lincolnshire. Today, great-granddaughters Mary and Lizzi Adams have turned the former rivalry on its head, making artisan pies under the name Adams & Harlow on the site of Adams’ original shop. The duo’s specialities include the Game Keeper: venison, pheasant, partridge and rabbit cooked in redcurrant sauce.

Keep it sweet

Health and hydration go hand in hand. And water has its merits. But Fiovana Superfruit Cordial offers a more enticing option – while avoiding the pitfalls of both artificial sweeteners and high sugar levels. Coconut nectar is the secret, bringing low-GI sweetness to fruit concentrates and purées to create super-low-calorie drinks in an array of flavour combinations – Mango, Passion Fruit & Goji Berry; Lime, Mint & Baobab; Pomegranate, Cherry & Cardamom. And all with labels featuring original illustrations.

Sugar rush

Decadent doughnuts have arrived on the food scene, courtesy of popular Borough Market bakery Bread Ahead. Keeping London stocked with fine British bakery is the mission of the brand, a supporter of the Young British Foodie awards. Their signature deep-filled doughnuts (which the owner dub “pillows of joy”) are piped by hand with such enticing-sounding fillings as classic vanilla custard and fruity seasonal jam. And if you are going easy on the sugar, you can always plump for their focaccia instead.

Château de Rouillac, Le Baron de Rouillac, Pessac-Léognan 2009

The soft tannins on this lush, rounded claret from a fine vintage make it a perfect partner for barbecued beef or lamb. Made in the exciting Pessac-Léognan appellation, it offers wild berry and vanilla notes on a long, silky finish.

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