Purple Palate Blog

“What’s Craft Beer?”

“What is this craft beer people keep going on about?” Is a question I am asked repeatedly. My thought was a beer, that was specially made for a niche market or niche group of people, that was not produced in huge quantities. Ironically, some of the best craft brewers now produce as much as some of our regular domestic brewers. Craft seems to mean to some, high priced, left field beers, you need to struggle to drink.  They are not necessarily wrong, as many craft beers are very confronting, and have flavour profiles that sometime defy description and cost a […]

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“I have no idea what to buy !”-Christmas Gifts and Alcohol

We have all got friends and family for whom we have no idea what to get. We’ll walk into a bottleshop, look around, realise we have no idea, then go to the shop attendant, and ask him what we should get. Here are a couple of very very broad generalisations on buying liquor for others. Men like Red Wine, Spirits and Beer. Men like to experience new tastes and flavours.  They are generally happy with pretty much most things, if you want to get him something special. Look for: Limited releases in Spirits Glenmorangie Companta 700ml ($135.00) Jack Daniels Gentleman Jack […]

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Cocktails and Cheap Ingredients

I love a good cocktail.  The skill in blending, mixing, the theatre or creation, and just the balance of flavours takes a casual drink into a night of entertainment and epicurean delight. However retail wise, I get a lot of people coming in and buying cocktail ingredients for cocktail nights, and home events and asking what they should buy. Probably the simplest maxim is, if it’s worth drinking straight, it’s worth mixing. Putting good ingredients into a cocktail, is like cooking.  Best ingredients for the best result. However in the real world, I have found that cocktail are broken into […]

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Deal with the Devil-Investment into Liquor Industry

History repeats time and time again, and people think they will be different-unfortunately they aren’t. The liquor industry is populated by passionate, hardworking people doing their utmost to make the best product they can, and to market it at a fair price. It is also populated by corporations, and faceless entities interested only in moving boxes, and making money for itself and/or shareholders. Both groups can be both good and bad.  Today we are going to discuss a practice that occurs all too frequently in this industry. A small outfit (Beer, Wine or spirit producer), makes excellent product, and (through […]

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Days 41- 46 Bella Roma

Writing this on the plane home from Dubai… 6 hours down, 8 to go… Roz officially troppo. Jumped the slow train from Salerno to Roma, then a taxi from the station to our hotel, the Palace Colonna, directly opposite Parliment (on Piazza Montecitorio), which conveniently, was in session the entire time we were in Rome. This was fine, except that every Carabinari and journalist was in permanent residence outside our hotel foyer.  Have never seen so many (proper) guns in my life… We are not talking side arms here… We are talking assault rifles. If I go into too much […]

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Day 40 – Amalfi Coast

Up early in search of a laundrymat… Quick hint… Google maps doesn’t know the difference between a laundrymat and a dry cleaner, but that’s a story for another day. We have 1 day to do the Amalfi Coast, so choosing not to bite off more than we could chew, decided to get the boat to Amalfi, then bus it to Ravello in the hills above, then on to Positano. Walked the couple of kms to the ferry terminal, then the half a km out to the end of the jetty with the ticket office. Were told (in no uncertain terms) […]

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Day 39- Alboloberro and Matera

Up early, and left our Agritorismo in Otranto, after having found out the huts in the fields where medieval tool sheds, sometimes used for sheppards shelter, and with flat roofs to dry fruit. Said goodbye to my proxy Italian cat Pepe, and hit the road… I have never seen so many black & white cats in my life. Heading up the middle of the heel today, to checkout the Trulli houses this region is renowned for.  Alboloberro was a group of these houses used by agricultural workers who were paid to clear the land (mainly of rocks). Their employers weren’t […]

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Day 38 – Pompeii

Headed off from the Castle after an early breakfast. Change of plans for today. We were heading to Amalfi, but have just been informed that there is no parking available at our accommodation in Salerno, and that they are in a ZTL zone to boot. So we are doing Pompeii today instead, then ditching the car 2 days early, rather than paying parking.  I am devastated to be losing the car… No really, I am 😂. Found a park, no mean feat, and headed into the ruins of Pompeii. Roz has been looking forward to this for the entire trip. […]

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Day 36 -trip to Leuca

So having done the eastern most tip if Italia, today we decided to try for the southern most tip of the heel. Leuca. We set off to drive the coastal road, with its fantastic views over the Adriactic. We stopped firstly at Porto Badisco as we had heard their was a grotto you could walk down to. After rambling about for half an hour, wee found the locked gate to the grotto, that some industrious local had put up, so you had to pay to get in. So no go. We did however find yet another example of the lengths […]

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Day 35 – Lecce and Otranto

Up early for breakfast in our lovely farmstay… Built in 1748, it is a veritable baby in this country. Roz has decided she wants to see Lecce today’s, and, since we are 5 minutes from Otranto, I guess we’re better go a check it out as well. Into the car, for a drive up the central road to Lecce. This area is starting to do my head in a bit with the  amount of industriousness on display. It’s almost like they say, “so what are you doing for the weekend?” “Yeah, I’ve got some rocks… Think I’ll build something”. Absolutely […]

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