Dinners & Tastings Archive

Introducing Champagne J.M. Labruyere

On Thursday last week we held the launch of Champagne J.M.Labryuere – I’ll be honest it wasn’t like a “normal” Champagne launch – no glitz or gizmos! We simply hosted a lunch and a dinner and let Edouard Labruyere tell the story of a new estate. The house as a whole...
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Chateau Cheval Blanc tasting with Pierre-Olivier Clouet & Arnaud de Laforcade

In the office on Thursday evening we were pleased to host – Arnaud de Laforcade (Commercial Director) & Pierre-Olivier Clouet (Technical Director) – for a tasting of, mostly Cheval Blanc. They are an impressive pairing, no slick suits or “we are farmers really” chat…just a good honest approach to trying...
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Jumbo of death? Not anymore!

Now that may seem a little dramatic as titles go but there is good reason. The “Jumbo of death” used to – still does sometimes – pop up in the office as a regular topic. You know the old “what/who would you select to be on a jumbo that you...
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A dinner with Bastien Tardieu at 28-50 Fetter Lane

Article written by Will Hargrove, our Head of Fine Wine. Find out more on his blog This dinner ten days ago was one I had been massively looking forward to. I love the wines from The Tardieu family. 28-50 Fetter Lane did a really great job of hosting the dinner, efficient but understated service...
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Winter Comfort Food: Pheasant Recipe

Courtesy of our friends at Game-to-Eat is this recipe for Pheasant breast. Of course you’ll want to bag your own Pheasant if you can, so we’d recommend a few tots of our Sloe Gin while you’re out. Like the recipe below, it’s superb. Pan Seared Breast of Pheasant with Smoked Bacon...
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Piedmont – Conterno & Negri

My favourite producer trip every year will not surprise anyone anyone who knows me. It is the one where we go to see and taste with Roberto Conterno at Cantina Giacomo Conterno in Piedmont. This year I have been there twice within a month for tastings, which is a rare treat. Often...
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Domaine de Chevalier Vertical: Drinking history…

The place: Bonhams new restaurant (more about that later). The wines: a vertical of Domaine de Chevalier. Blanc – 1986, 1976, 1975, 1970, 1967, 1966, 1964 and 1962 Rouge – 1964, 1961, 1960, 1959, 1955, 1953, 1952, 1947, 1929 All the wines were generously donated by a private collector. This could easily have become...
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Tenuta di Biserno dinner 23/04/15 with the Marchese Lodovico Antinori

I have a 'bucket list' of winemakers that I would like to meet. Marchese Lodovico Antinori features high on the list so you can imagine my excitement when I heard he was attending a dinner to introduce the newest vintage of Tenuta di Biserno. [caption id="attachment_4374" align="alignnone" width="461"] Biserno dinner line-up[/caption] A...
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Bordeaux 2014 en primeur tastings: Day 7 – ‘Fin’

So the last day dawned, a beautiful day for tasting with a fresh temperature and little cloud cover. This was nice timing as the first stop was Petrus. To a certain degree it is a nerve wracking pace to taste because the expectation is very high, there was nothing to...
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Bordeaux 2014 en primeur tastings: Day 6

Finally a morning came with no rain! It was however a very early start with a tour and tasting at Les Carmes Haut-Brion a property we have followed for some time now. They have a totally new set up being built that should see the great progress at this estate...
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