Book & Bottle #NovelPairing: The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Unlike French wine, French literature doesn’t travel. You’re thinking de Maupassant and Genet and Flaubert and Collette and De Beauvoir and Nin. I’m not saying there are no good French books, far from it. I’m acknowledging French books don’t ‘cross-over’ as much as they perhaps should. Good French books very often stay in France (see […]

New Release: Tardieu-Laurent, The Rhône 2017 Vintage

Tardieu-Laurent: An Introduction “Historically small yields… the lowest of the post-war years. These very challenging conditions gave birth to juices of such brilliant quality, which do better than merely console us: they entice!” – Michiel Tardieu Corney & Barrow started working with Tardieu-Laurent in 2002, just six years after this family operation was established. Michel […]

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 Roasted Figs Serves: 4 […]

The Best White Wines For Autumn

Spicy, subtle fruit and silky acidity is exactly what you need for Autumn drinking. So what wine should you be choosing? But you don’t have to stick to red wine. A lot of the best qualities found in spicier reds can be found in some tasty white wines. You just have to know where to […]

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 Autumn is a time to get reacquainted with flavour. Bold and brash barbecues become slow-cooked stews or roasts. In other words, Autumn is a wine lover’s […]

Team Hong Kong in France – Tardieu-Laurent

It was a sunny and hot afternoon, just as the Météo had suggested, at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. We took the TGV straight down to Avignon, which was when we realised “I am in France, très bien!” Our schedule was very packed and as our flight had been delayed, we immediately headed down […]

C&B Expedition to Rhône

The metallic tone of my alarm clock rang at 3.30am to awake me from my slumber.  Usually a start this early would make me incredibly grumpy indeed (as colleagues at C&B would attest to) but this day was different.  Our destination was Marseille and more specifically the Rhône and our aim was to taste as […]