1. Vagaries of Various Vintages
    Posted On: July 15th, 2021

    Vagaries of Various Vintages

    I have long been interested in the effects of climatic conditions and wine-making trends on the vinous output of any given vintage in any specific place. Some years seem blessed, yielding great tasting and long-lived wines in numerous locations. In other years conditions can be more challenging and you really have to sharpen your focus to track down any gems...
  2. Honesty in Hindolveston
    Posted On: May 20th, 2021

    Honesty in Hindolveston

    I've enjoyed some marvellous culinary shopping experiences over the years – the maze of merchants at 'Eataly' in New York, the magnificent food halls of Harrods and Selfridges in London, the magic of the open market at the place aux Herbes in Uzès in the Gard, not to overlook my local 'The Frome Independent' which boasts a wealth of excellent...
  3. Pulp Fiction
    Posted On: March 19th, 2021

    Pulp Fiction

    Ever since my days as a wine trade rookie working for Oddbins in their late 1980s heyday I have been a fan of staff recommendations on hand written cards. There is something heartfelt and direct from an anonymous and genuine enthusiast that is the antithesis of corporate puff. They work equally well for books as wine and although I don't...
  4. Ten Quick Questions for a Wine Aficionado: #23. Neal Martin
    Posted On: January 19th, 2021

    Ten Quick Questions for a Wine Aficionado: #23. Neal Martin

    1. Was there a particular wine or experience that made you decide to pursue a career in the world of wine? Wine seemed more interesting than personal indemnity insurance. That and a bottle of 1982 Montrose. 2. You were famously hired by Robert Parker from your wonderfully independent, self-funded in 2006. Had you been aware that 'Bob' was familiar...
  5. Port and Christmas
    Posted On: December 8th, 2020

    Port and Christmas

    (Written by Grant Berry - Shop Manager) "The biggest problem with drinking port over Christmas is that it's a drink that perpetually arrives as a kind of bilious punctuation mark after a long procession of champagnes and wines. Port is such a good drink. It deserves a space of its own and perhaps, this year, with our pared-down Christmases, it...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. ‘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...

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