June 26, 2017

Top 7 summer cocktails with Devonshire Terrace

Devonshire Terrace C&B Bar wine cocktails

There’s a certain stigma surrounding wine in cocktails. Maybe people have just not tasted a good one..? Perhaps you don’t want to use your favourite wine and that’s fair. And we don’t recommend mixing with a pricey Bordeaux or the like... Seriously though, wine cocktails can be great. Here we celebrate the...
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June 8, 2017

A very special occasion: A dinner with Bonneau du Martray

Last’s week dinner with Bonneau du Martray was a very special occasion. The wines are among the most magical whites produced in Burgundy, Jean Charles is among those gifted winemakers that is able to communicate the magic of soil and vines and there is a changing of the guard at...
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June 8, 2017

Bonneau du Martray dinner

I have worked with the Bonneau du Martray wines since the 2000 vintage so all the usual bias warnings apply here. This was a rather different dinner because it was a chance to say “au revoir” (but certainly not a full good bye) to Jean-Charles Le Bault de la Morinière...
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June 5, 2017

Book & Bottle #NovelPairing: The Great Gatsby

Dads are always being harangued with Hemingway and other macho choices.  The Great Gatsby is a book with heart -and broken hearts - and depths.  It shows how men struggle with masculinity and what’s expected of them and it shows that love can be redemptive (if we are brave).  If...
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June 1, 2017

Peter Sisseck in London: Psi, Chateau Rocheyron and Dominio de Pingus

I am almost criminally late in writing this up. It is nice to think back almost a year, as I sit back in Wales on holiday, to having Peter in London for two whole days. How Peter juggles his three main projects – Dominio de Pingus, Psi & Chateau Rocheryon...
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June 1, 2017

Picnic: Top 10 food & wine pairings

We all love a picnic. According to Wikipedia, the first usage of the word in print can be traced back to 1692, in Tony Willis’s Origines de la Langue Française, in which he mentions the term ‘pique-nique’ as being of recent origin.[1] The interesting part is that the term ‘picnic’ originally described...
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May 30, 2017

The Unstoppable Rise Of English Sparkling Wine

Celebrate English Wine Week with Wiston Estate! It all started in the 1970s. Pip Goring, newly married to Harry the current owner of Wiston Estate, wanted to plant vineyards to remind her of her youth in Cape Town. The deemed vines too difficult to grow at that point. Though Pip never...
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May 16, 2017

Top 5 vegetarian and vegan wines

It might be surprising to learn that not all wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.  Our simple guide helps you understand what you can drink. How do you know if a wine is vegetarian or vegan? To know whether a wine is a vegetarian or vegan, you need to look at...
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May 15, 2017

Dinner at The Savoy tasting De Vogue 1999s…

There aren’t many top producers that I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy as often – both tasting and drinking – as Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue. There are therefore a lot of write-ups on this site, many can be found here and most are down to the wonderful generosity of...
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May 12, 2017

Perfect Pairing: Family recipes by Chateau La Tour de l’Eveque

Rosé is the ultimate feel-good wine during spring and summer. It’s perfectly refreshing for warm days and paired with Mediterranean food, the fruitiness and delicateness of the wines will blow your taste buds away. Our winemaker and friend Régine Sumeire from Château la Tour de l’Evèque has published a mouthwatering cookbook entitled ‘Wine...
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