Food Matters: Chill out with an unlikely wine

Surprise, surprise, not all grapes are picked in temperate climes. Canadian winemakers are waiting for temperatures to hit minus eight degrees to harvest their most celebrated wine export, Icewine.

Anytime now, the juice will be concentrated and deliciously sweet after repeated freezing, thawing and dehydrating. For a honeyed taste of winter's gift to wine lovers, try Inniskillin Cabernet Franc 2006 (60, 375ml, Planet of the Grapes, Direct Wines). Perfect on its own or with a home-made puddings – the heavenly flavours of strawberries and cream put this sweet wine in a league of its own.

Chewing the fat to find top cure

Self-confessed bacon lover and foodie Anton Du Beke will be cha cha chewing his way through a variety of different bacon cures in the search for the nation's favourite bacon.

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As the celebrity face of this year's Bacon Connoisseurs' Week, March 22-28, the star of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing will be heading an expert panel of tasters for the Bring Home the Bacon competition. The competition is open to all bacon fanatics and will judge speciality smoked and unsmoked cures as well as asking participants to submit their best new cure for 2010. Visit

Microsoft picks out farm shop

An East Yorkshire company has been selected as one of only five small businesses in the UK to be filmed for the Microsoft Small Business Centre website.

The Internet Farm Shop, at Driffield, was chosen by the software giant for its Do What You Love series after owner Ann Brown submitted an application showing how the business had benefited from using a range of Microsoft products.

The video will be available to view for a whole year at com/uk/smallbusiness/ campaigns/dowhatyoulove

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