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  1. Ten Quick Questions for a Wine Aficionado: #22. Charlotte Kristensen - The London Wine Girl
    Posted On: September 14th, 2020

    Ten Quick Questions for a Wine Aficionado: #22. Charlotte Kristensen - The London Wine Girl

    1. Did you gradually develop an interest in wine or was there a stand alone experience that sparked your enthusiasm? I enjoyed drinking wine casually in my early twenties but I didn't catch the wine bug until I took my WSET Level 3 in New York in 2018. I participated in a brilliant tasting group, fell in love with the...
  2. Ten Quick Questions for a Wine Aficionado: #21. Bruce Poole - Chef and Restaurateur
    Posted On: August 11th, 2020

    Ten Quick Questions for a Wine Aficionado: #21. Bruce Poole - Chef and Restaurateur

    1. In addition to great food and service, your restaurants (Chez Bruce in Wandsworth, La Trompette in Chiswick and The Glasshouse in Kew) have been lauded for their wine offerings. What, in your opinion, is the key to this? The businesses are owned by wine fanatics – that helps! Both Nigel (Platts-Martin) and I are wine lovers and having really...
  3. Literary Libations
    Posted On: June 24th, 2020

    Literary Libations

    My brother recently asked me what I would like for my birthday and I suggested that a bottle of 'I. W. Harper Kentucky Bourbon' might be well received as it features in a book I have been reading – 'The Handle' by Richard Stark. The anti-hero 'Parker' drinks it over ice and he's a discerning chap. I thought my brother...
  4. Skill Sets
    Posted On: May 29th, 2020

    Skill Sets

    Although international ‘lockdown' put paid to our travel plans and confined us to our homes it hasn't all been negative. We have had to innovate and acquire new skills in order to get on with getting on. Here are some of the innovations and pastimes that have got my family through the last few weeks. 1. Hair Cutting It didn't...
  5. ‘Gavroche’ Gastronomics
    Posted On: May 21st, 2020

    ‘Gavroche’ Gastronomics

    Our annual spring lunch at Le Gavroche - which has been running for four decades and was scheduled to take place this Thursday - is one of the highlights of our events calendar; so we are wistful about its unavoidable cancellation this year. Happily, we have access to our archives and have been able to look up past food and...
  6. Ten Quick Questions for a Wine Aficionado: #20. Kent Barker at Eight Stony Street
    Posted On: May 13th, 2020

    Ten Quick Questions for a Wine Aficionado: #20. Kent Barker at Eight Stony Street

    1. Was there a particular wine or experience that made you decide to pursue a career in the world of wine? I was lucky enough to dine at a Michelin started restaurant in the Loire valley in 1991, they presented me with a huge wine list so I asked the sommelier to recommend something and he suggested a bin end...
  7. Literary Prizes
    Posted On: April 24th, 2020

    Literary Prizes

    Having recently moved house I was rummaging in boxes for 'lockdown' reading material and made an unusual discovery – a hardback first edition of 'The Life and Loves of a She Devil' by Fay Weldon. It was signed and dated 'Fay Weldon Castle Cary, 25th Feb 1984'. Unfortunately, that inscription was preceded by a fateful 'For Jason' – which diminishes...
  8. Screen Time
    Posted On: April 9th, 2020

    Screen Time

    Apparently, mass confinement, necessitated by the Covid 19 virus, has seen a huge spike in demand for craft products. This is understandable as people with time on their hands seek creative diversion. I learned how to screen-print as a disaffected youth incarcerated at boarding school and have kept my hand in ever since. A few years ago I taught my...
  9. Four Riveting Reads to Enjoy During Lockdown
    Posted On: April 7th, 2020

    Four Riveting Reads to Enjoy During Lockdown

    When confined to barracks it is imperative to have some good books to hand to lose yourself in as time weighs heavy. I have been particularly fortunate in the quality and diversity of my recent reading material so thought it churlish not to share a few titles with a wider audience in a similar situation.   The Godmother by Hannelore...
  10. Update Statement: Wednesday 25th March - Orders and Deliveries
    Posted On: March 25th, 2020

    Update Statement: Wednesday 25th March - Orders and Deliveries

    After a temporary pause in accepting new orders while we took stock, liaised with staff and assessed government advice, we are sending wine out again. We thought we should explain why and also how a few things have changed: Reasons why we are open • Customers were asking us for wine deliveries. • Our team unanimously agreed to work, with...

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