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SOLERAS, JAMÓN AND HEARTBURN

The pitfalls of visiting sherry country on a busman’s holiday become ever more clear the first time you hear the phrase ‘…well if you haven’t had one by eleven, then you have to have eleven by one!’ Our host was of course referring to that (in normal circumstances) irresistible, flavoursome, chilled glass of fino. However, feeling somewhat delicate after a convivial welcome to

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A variety of vinous watering holes

We recently hosted a tasting event for a client in a high end kitchen and home design showroom. It allowed us to do things a little differently: we matched varying wines to the different rooms. We began with Champagne and English sparkling in a modern country kitchen before moving to a sharp. clean-lined kitchen for

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“A nation of French Wine Shop-keepers”

If Britain is, as Napoleon pejoratively dubbed us, “a nation of shopkeepers”, then a considerable proportion of our time has been spent selling French wine. In doing so, Britain should surely take credit for the emergence of French Wine as the world’s benchmark. An integral part of the French modus vivendi, wine is as fundamental

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British Game Week and all things partridge was the name of the game.

British Game Week upon us (24-30 Nov) the L&W boys donned their aprons and set off for their second visit to the Bistro on the Quay to meet up with our favourite chef Anthony Brooks. All things partridge was the name of the game, and this was a test to the max. A delicate little

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The L&W boys can chop, mash, sauté and sear………

It turns out that the L&W boys are pretty nifty in the kitchen and not just with a dishcloth. They can chop, mash, sauté and sear like pros and are as adept with a pasta machine as the rest of us are with a corkscrew. These culinary skills came to light during the first of our

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Blind Tasting – You either love it or you hate it?

Marmite, so the marketeers tell us, is either loved or hated. The trouble is, and this is perhaps more of a reflection of my own indecision than of the yeast-based spread itself, I’m pretty ambivalent towards it. My love, or hate, of marmite comes down more to mood and situation than any inherent marmite-philia or

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Roaming around the Rhone and eating a little too much.

One of my most memorable trips was to France in 2012, when I visited the Rhone with two of our buyers. I love the breathtaking landscape and scenery, the wines, and the visits to our producers. Travelling South from Lyon, there were steep terraced vineyards amidst windy roads that spiraled around pointed mountain cliff tops. As we journeyed

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The Harvest: looking forward to En Primeur

September days – nail-biting times for winemakers in Europe as they keep a close eye on the barometer to ensure that their vineyards are unaffected by all manner of weather related problems, prior to harvest. In Burgundy, and Chablis in particular, hail can affect the vineyards. This year (2015) the top Chablis Grand Cru site

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South African Wine | South Africa and the White Wine Pioneers

In 2004 I left behind a budding career as a project manager to follow my heart and make my passion my work. That is how I joined the wine trade, and I can happily report that I haven’t looked back since. Over 11 years of very regular tastings however, it is possible to feel a

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Italian wine | If Piedmont is the new Burgundy then Barbaresco would be…

If Piedmont is the new Burgundy then Barbaresco would be a cross between Chambolle and Vonay, some of the most seductive expressions of Nebbiolo are produced from this historic area. Lying north east of Barolo, the town of Alba separates the two wine-producing areas. This region was conquered by the Romans in 89 BC, many

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