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C. M. Cotton "Chris Cotton" (Europe and USA)
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Konstsmide Lightsets Outdoor 3612-110 19.04 m 120 Micro LED Fairy Lights, Warm White
Konstsmide Lightsets Outdoor 3612-110 19.04 m 120 Micro LED Fairy Lights, Warm White
Price: £24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the Price, 18 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
One aspect of the Christmas celebrations I really enjoy is the putting up of the Christmas Lights. When these were offered on Vine, I jumped at getting a set and I am so glad I did. They come with a ong cable, before the actual lights start, about 10 m before the first LED. When the LED's do start they are well spaced at about 16cm apart. Stretched out to full length they measure about 19 meters long, so perfect for a small outdoor tree. The LED's are small but very bright, but there is no chaser function, they are simply static. The one downside is the LEDs cannot be replaced, but it stated that they should last 50,000 hours.

Overall these are a great set of Christmas lights and I am happy to recommend them.


Bouchard Finlayson Blanc de Mer 2013 Wine 75 cl (Case of 3)
Bouchard Finlayson Blanc de Mer 2013 Wine 75 cl (Case of 3)
Price: £30.50

3.0 out of 5 stars OK but there are better wines on the market, 15 Sep 2014
I am not a great fan of white wines but I was asked to test this wine by Amazon. This South African white Blanc de Mer offers a very light white colour, with a bouquet of sweet lemons. The taste is quite frankly mediocre, with an anonymous taste. It has a slightly effervescent fizz to it but this does not save it. This is the type of wine that would be placed on the table, in a good restaurant, if you asked for the House White. To sum this wine up, it is pleasing without inspiring. It can be drunk with chicken, salads or on its own. If you are looking for a light white that will offend no one, this may be the wine for you.


Ernie Els Wines Big Easy 2012 Wine 75 cl (Case of 3)
Ernie Els Wines Big Easy 2012 Wine 75 cl (Case of 3)
Price: £38.94

4.0 out of 5 stars Great with Cheese and Beef, 15 Sep 2014
This is a mix of 6 wines but is predominantly a Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon blend. The noise is that of a bramble bush just past full bloom. It has a wonderful light cherry colour. The colour belies the taste, I was expecting something more akin to a fruity Pinot, yet the pallet experiences an intense blast of a bramble bush, with intense peppery overtones. The length of the wine is long and the flavour finally mellows. This is a good wine for beef and steak dishes or for a well rounded cheese tray. This is a big ambitious wine which is intense. If you want a full bodied experience, try it and you may like it. Recommended.


Paul Cluver Wines Noble Late Harvest Riesling 2012 Half Bottle Wine 37.5 cl (Case of 3)
Paul Cluver Wines Noble Late Harvest Riesling 2012 Half Bottle Wine 37.5 cl (Case of 3)
Price: £36.80

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Desert Wine, 15 Sep 2014
I am not a great fan of white wines and especially sweet desert wines, but I was asked to taste and test this wine for Amazon. Paul Cluver is a name that is known as a Vineyard that produces great value, boutique wines, aimed at the more discerning wine drinker. This particular Riesling benefits from the Noble process, which has created a great intense sweet desert wine. It has a delightful golden hue. Its aroma is akin to that of honey. On first tasting the wine explodes across the tongue with a sweet honey taste and as it mellows, the taste changes to overriding tones of apricot and peach. As this is a full bodied wine, you may expect high acidity, yet this was a perfectly balanced Riesling and is an almost perfect desert wine. At a price of just over £12 for half a bottle, this wine offers remarkable value and I am happy to recommend..


Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Wine 75 cl (Case of 3)
Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Wine 75 cl (Case of 3)
Price: £33.34

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value Wine, 15 Sep 2014
This is a well priced, full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. It comes from South Africa but the Vineyard is owned by a highly experienced Bordeaux producer, as such, it is more akin to the Bourdeaux taste than the tastes that are sometimes associated with New World wines. It has a deep ruby red complexion and has a wonderful leathery bouquet. The taste is that of a young wine that has been aged ever so slightly in an oak barrel, which gives the wine a delightful earthy, yet spicy, full bodied flavour. The finish is dry, but the lasting smooth flavour is very pleasant to the palate. This is a great wine to accompany strong cheese and red meat dishes. Overall at a selling price of £10.00 a bottle, this wine offers great value in a very crowded marketplace. I am happy to recommend it.


Paul Cluver Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Wine 75 cl (Case of 3)
Paul Cluver Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Wine 75 cl (Case of 3)
Price: £31.30

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Wine, 15 Sep 2014
I am not a great fan of white wines, but was asked to taste and test this wine for an Amazon wine tasting event. Paul Cluver is a name that is known in the wine trade as a Vineyard that produces great value boutique wines, for the more discerning wine drinker. This Sauvignon Blanc has a delightful golden hue. Its aroma is akin to citrus fruits, with overriding tones of lemon. On first tasting the wine explodes across the palate with a fresh fruity taste. Once drunk, the taste lingered for a time and grew with even greater tones of citrus fruits. This is a wonderful wine to drink and is a perfect accompaniment to fish dishes and salads. It was won a number of awards within the wine industry and was voted Best White Wine under £15 by Decanter World Wine. At a price of just over £10 a bottle, this wine offers remarkable value and I am happy to recommend it as a fantastic wine for the summer months. Recommended.


BISSELL Homecare Emergency Spot Cleaner 3698E, 275 Watt
BISSELL Homecare Emergency Spot Cleaner 3698E, 275 Watt
Offered by Lakeland
Price: £129.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Product 6 Stars if Amazon Would Allow, 14 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I must start this Vine review by stating that rarely have I had a Vine item, that is better than the 5 stars I can leave. This is a small compact unit that really does remove carpet and upholstery stains, easily and without mess.

The item comes with a Deep Reach Tool which fits onto the side of the unit, when not in use and this brush attaches to a long pipe when in use. It also comes with two trail size bottles of cleaning solution and stain remover.

You use this brush like tool to remove the embedded dirt and stains from the carpet/upholstery. It works in a similar way to a large carpet shampoo cleaner. You put water and cleaning solution in a chamber and the device warms the water using "Heatwave Technology" which maintains a constant water temperature throughout the cleaning process. The brush then applies the warm water/cleaning solution to the problem area, whilst sucking the dirt out of the carpet. The big advantage of this unit, is its not heavy and can be transported around the house and can easily clean an individual step, unlike a heavy, bulky shampoo vacuum cleaner.

Overall this is a simple but extremely useful device which I am very happy to Highly Recommend.


TaoTronics® TT-CM001 Portable USB Tape Cassette To PC / MP3 Converter Capture Adapter Digital Audio Music Player
TaoTronics® TT-CM001 Portable USB Tape Cassette To PC / MP3 Converter Capture Adapter Digital Audio Music Player
Offered by Sunvalleytek-UK
Price: £34.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Converter, 12 Sep 2014
I received this item from the manufacturer in return for a honest review.

My company used to sell thousands of audio books and self help products. Every item we sold I kept a copy, the bad news of this plan, I kept tape courses and not the CD sets. Firstly to have so many tape camshells takes up a lot of space and more and more I am finding it difficult to listen to them, as carrying them around is not an option and with only a CD player in the new car, I could not listen to them whilst on the move. This little player, solves all the issues. You simply download the supplied software, put the tape in the player, connect the player via the USB lead (supplied) to a memory stick or flash drive and you can start downloading your tape onto an MP3 format. The player also has FF and RR facilities and comes with a set of earphones.

The downsides to this device are, there is no auto stop, you must be around to stop the player. The player does not compress files and so requires 1MB per minute of recording, which is not a problem if you have a big enough device. The instructions are quite small but have very good translations from Chinese into various languages. The player itself is quite well made and does it job perfectly well, but the earphones are of poor quality.

Overall this is a great piece of kit, which allows an easy transfer of Tape to MP3 format. I am happy to Recommend this product.


IMEDEEN Tan Optimizer
IMEDEEN Tan Optimizer
Price: £32.81

4.0 out of 5 stars The Product Works, 12 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This product does seem to work, even though I was mightily skeptical they would. I first bought them from the local health food shop and then they appeared on Vine. They contain a number of ingredients such as antioxidant vitamins C an E and carotenoids: natural orange colourants, Lutein, Lycopene and beta-carotene, which seem to make your skin go a slightly deeper colour. They should be taken at least a month in advance of when it is most likely you will get a good sun bashing. Overall I can only agree with the other reviewers when they say they work and they do help you turn a lovely brown/tanned colour. I am happy to recommend this product.


[All-in-1] HooToo TripMate Wireless N Portable Travel Router (5200mAh Power Bank, USB Storage Wi-Fi Media Sharing, Access Point, Wi-Fi Mini Router & Bridge)
[All-in-1] HooToo TripMate Wireless N Portable Travel Router (5200mAh Power Bank, USB Storage Wi-Fi Media Sharing, Access Point, Wi-Fi Mini Router & Bridge)
Offered by Sunvalleytek-UK
Price: £39.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Hub System, 12 Sep 2014
I received this item from the manufacturer in return for an honest review.

Sometimes I get offered an item which I had just had a need for. This item is exactly one of those type of products. I stayed in rather a nice 5 star hotel in Sofia, with WiFi, only to find it was wired internet in the room and WiFi in the lobby. As my Ultrabook does not have a WAN/Ethernet connector built in, I could not use the internet in the room. I had a lot of work to do and how I longed for WiFi, without going down to the lobby. This device would have solved the problem. At one end is a USB port at the other a Ethernet port. This means that a WAN cable with a suitable connector can be inserted and the ingenious device then sends out a WiFi signal, so turning WAN into WiFi. Brilliantly simple but very effective in what it does.

This little beauty does more than just turn Ethernet into a WiFi signal, it is also a 6000mAh battery pack, which is quite amazing given the size of the unit. It also can help share Network saved information, by inserting a USB stick and it can instantly download the required information. If you download the appropriate/iOS app for your Android phone, you can use the hub for sharing photos and music. So this relatively small, yet beautifully made hub is so versatile it has become a travel must for me. The only downside to this product are the instructions, I can hardly read them as the booklet is so small. Maybe putting the Instructions on the web for download would also be a very good idea.

Overall this is a super product, that is very useful and beautifully made. I am happy to highly recommend this item.


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