Food & Wine Archive

English Sparkling Wine – the perfect fit for New Year’s Eve

After being squished into their distinctive mushroom shape and holding firm like the Thames Barrier against the 5 or 6 atmospheres of pressure fighting to escape, the arrival of December represents the opportunity to escape if you’re a sparkling wine cork residing in warehouses, cellars or shops in the UK....
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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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Why champagne is worth celebrating

Ah champagne. Lovely, bubbly, delicious, historic, prestigious, luxurious champagne. There is no substitute. Yes, of course we love Prosecco and other sparklers – especially English ones! But the popping of a champagne cork is something uniquely special. Champagne bottles are the armoured tanks of the glass world, as they have to contain the enormous pressure the...
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Summer party tips & tricks

So, you’ve sent out your invites and are now preparing for your summer party. But with a load of friends potentially coming, how much wine should you serve and what type? If the weather is hot (fingers crossed), how can you chill the large amount of drinks and for how...
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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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Domaine Marquis d’Angerville 2013 vintage

Every March Guillaume d’Angerville comes to London to do a tasting for the press with his Uk co-agents, of which we are delighted to be one, of the most recent vintage release. In this case 2013. The commune of Volnay has had a rough time of it with minute yields in...
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Rule Britannia

On hearing that you work in the wine trade, a very frequent question posed is what is the best wine you have consumed? For me the answer has always been the same, it is not just about the wine, but the wine and the occasion. My fondest wine memories have...
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All aboard the Cutty Sark – Domaine de la Romanée Conti tasting

This was a very special evening, however biased I might be – Domaine de la Romanée Conti’s Aubert de Villaine was in town for a dinner at the Cutty Sark. It began with a Champagne Delamotte reception on the Cutty Sark deck. Access to the middle deck was available for those...
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