November 25, 2015

The best Autumn stuffing recipe for Turkey

Turkey stuffing recipe

Thanksgiving has grown and grown here in the UK. For many of us it's the true flavour of Autumn. According to research by Waitrose, 1 in 6 of us now celebrates it. A couple of years ago people would think you had just come from America if you mentioned the...
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November 18, 2015

Spotlight on Beaujolais


There is a buzz in the world of wine and a revolution happening in France and it concerns Beaujolais. I am not talking about the light bodied, slightly fizzy red that smells of bananas and confected fruit. I am talking about serious wine, made with old-vine Gamay that requires ageing...
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November 10, 2015

Clos de Tart day…

Clos de Tart Logo

Now I've had some fun Grand Cru Burgundy days in my time but this is right up there. We originally planned to have a dinner for Sylvain Pitiot as he retires from his position as head of Clos de Tart (it's been covered in the press a fair bit). Then, we...
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November 4, 2015

Preview – the wines of Burgundy 2014 vintage


When we picked up our hire car in Paris Orly, it had Italian number plates. Was this a sign? Was 2014 Burgundy to be temperamental, or would it ooze with charm? There was only one way to find out. We started in Chablis early on Monday with Vincent Dampt, who related...
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October 27, 2015

Wing it in Wine – Find your wine style

Does the sight of a wine list fill you with joy or fear? Do you envy those who choose based on knowledge rather than the appeal of the wine label? This week’s guest blog is a video.  In 3 minutes, 24 seconds, Helena Nicklin (a.k.a. wine bird) will guide you to find exactly...
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October 20, 2015

Phélan Ségur – Mini vertical at No. 1 Lombard Street with Véronique Dausse


The idea for this dinner came about at a splendid evening at Phélan Ségur back in March during the 2014 En primeur tastings. It was a celebration of 30 years of the Gardinier family's ownership of this St.Estephe estate. I wrote up the dinner, briefly, here. Good food : great wine When...
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October 13, 2015

Dinner with Leflaive and Pingus: A meeting of minds


Thursday 24 September turned into a rather unique event when we brought together two of the world’s leading wine producers at a dinner at Café Royal. The dinner was hosted by Brice de la Morandière from Domaine Leflaive and Peter Sisseck from Dominio de Pingus. It was a wonderful opportunity...
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September 23, 2015

Clos de Tart – Sylvain hands over the reins…


What an evening! The 2015 harvest was all in and by all accounts looks superb at Clos de Tart as Sylvain Pitiot passes the baton to Jacques Devauges, formerly of Domaine de L'Arlot and Clos de Vougeraie. We were a small gathering including many luminaries of the wine world, meeting on...
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September 9, 2015

Eat seasonally, drink seasonally – Autumn wines worth waiting for


O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stain'd
 with the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit 
beneath my shady roof; there thou may'st rest…  William Blake We have taken a literal reading of the opening to Blake’s ‘To Autumn’, as September is generally the month of the grape harvest in...
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August 24, 2015

Premox – the elephant in the room


20 years ago, with the 1995 vintage, the issue of premox (premature oxidation) first arose in white Burgundy. Initially it was thought that only a few producers were affected. As it turned out, no one was immune and though there are now a decreasing amount of incidences, premox continues to...
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