1. The Real Thing
    Posted On: March 5th, 2015

    The Real Thing

      Last Saturday saw the great, and the very good indeed, on display at the Saatchi Gallery in London when the Robert Parker Matter of Taste road-show came to town. This event featured over 200 wines from around the world, the ‘only’ requirement for entry being that they needed to have scored 90 or more […]
  2. Take Care when Sledging
    Posted On: August 11th, 2011

    Take Care when Sledging

    The recent Natural Wine Fair at Borough Market provided a wonderful opportunity, not only for a day out of the office, but also for a chance to meet up with several of our winemakers and taste their latest vintages. In particular, my first opportunity to meet Ron and Elva Laughton, who, along with their daughters […]
  3. The Natural Wine Fair 2011
    Posted On: May 20th, 2011

    The Natural Wine Fair 2011

    I am delighted to report that the inaugural Natural Wine Fair which we co-hosted with 4 other innovative wine merchants (Les Caves de Pyrène, Aubert & Mascoli, Dynamic Vines and Wine Story, since you ask) in Borough Market from last Sunday until Tuesday was an unreserved, barn-storming success albeit one that was fairly exhausting for […]
  4. Classic Cuisine at Le Gavroche
    Posted On: May 13th, 2011

    Classic Cuisine at Le Gavroche

    It was a treat to be back at Le Gavroche for our annual Spring lunch yesterday playing to a full house of 100 diners keen to sample wines matched to a seasonal menu devised by Michel Roux Jr. We kicked-off with a lively Vouvray Mousseux Brut from Domaine Aubert by way of aperitif, which guests […]
  5. Natural Wines
    Posted On: April 21st, 2011

    Natural Wines

    Over the last 2 or 3 years, roughly coinciding with the onset of the Global Financial Crisis (which we used to naively call the ‘Credit Crunch’), there has been a growing ground swell of interest in ‘natural’ wines. One might assume that as wine is made from fermented grape juice it essentially a fairly natural […]
  6. Heavenly Heathcote
    Posted On: March 15th, 2010

    Heavenly Heathcote

    Heavenly Heathcote A blog entry can't be expected to do justice to a visit to world-renowned Jasper Hill, but I'll try and distil the flavour. Based an hour and a half north of Melbourne on an iron-rich, 100m wide, 2m deep strip of Cambrian soil, the Jasper Hill estate and its creators Ron and Elva […]
  7. Melbourne’s Gastronomic Marvels
    Posted On: February 23rd, 2010

    Melbourne’s Gastronomic Marvels

    Despite the impact of the GFC* on the CBD** (Australians love abbreviations) Melbourne boasts a vibrant and innovative restaurant scene that can rival anything to be found in Europe or America. Melbourne also hosts a magnificent food and wine festival each March which attracts an international roll call of chefs, critics, wine-makers and sommeliers. A […]
  8. Yapp Christmas Bash
    Posted On: January 27th, 2010

    Yapp Christmas Bash

    It felt like we were in the land of the lost as we weaved our way up Zig Zag Hill in thick fog last Friday evening. Our goal; The Museum Inn, Dorset, the reason; The legendary Yapp Christmas party, our immediate aim; to get there in one piece and ahead of Charlie, our fear; he […]

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