Dinners & Tastings Archive

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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Tasting: Domaine Marquis D’angeville 2015’s

Each year in April the joint UK agents of Domaine Marquis d’Angerville get together with Guillaume d’Angerville in London and host a tasting and lunch for some key members of the wine press. My write-ups of the last two such events can be found here 2014s & 2013s. This year, unsurprisingly it was...
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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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