Top 5 restaurants for meat lovers

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It's all well and good trying to pick the best restaurant to eat at the weekend or for a special occasion, but what if you're really hankering for a big, juicy steak or a huge rack or ribs? You're one of those people that just loves to bit down on an over-sized hunk of good, tender meat - every bit the carnivore. Here, we narrow the search and show our top picks of some of the best meat restaurants in the country.

We taste....Domaine Cristia Gigondas 2009

Gigondas is a wine commune in the Rhone Valley, known for making fairly robust reds. The reds are typically blends of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. As a very simplistic generalisation they can be seen as being a kind of junior Chateauneuf-du-Pape. They’re certainly easier on the wallet though and can sometimes also be slightly less entertaining on the palate....

We taste....Seven Springs Chardonnay 2010, Hermanus, South Africa

I’ve become a big fan of Seven Springs’s 2010 Sauvignon Blanc having been the first wine blogger in the UK to review when I tried it last year. Admittedly more by dint of my lucky timing rather than being held to be a top critic by the vineyard..... Having found out that the owners of the vineyard, Tim and Vaughan Pearson lived just down the road I then made contact via Twitter and joined them for a very enjoyable dinner.

Wine for your shopping list....

As I read about how Majestic Wine Warehouse profits’ go from strength to strength I often wonder how they do it because whenever I go past a Majestic store there’s never anyone in it. They’ve been around a long time, which is good for brand recognition, plus unlike some recent failed wine retailers they’ve stuck to their guns and kept things simple: they’re a wine, beer and spirit specialist, not a cigarette, chocolate bar and paper vendor.

Bourbon boring? I beg to differ...

Bourbon gets a bad press in the UK; naturally we’re very attached to our single malts – we produce some of the best in the world, so why wouldn’t we be? (Best in the world title currently belongs to Japan).