Book & Bottle #NovelPairing: The Clasp

Quintessential New Yorker Sloane Crosley made her UK debut back in 2010 at my Literary Salon at Shoreditch House with her ruthlessly personal essay collection I Was Told There’d Be Cake. She’s often compared to Dorothy Parker and David Sedaris … but is in fact slightly taller and even funnier and just as insightful. Her […]

2017 Vintage at Domaine Jacques Prieur

“Dry, bright, warm and exceptionally sunny. A supremely elegant vintage.” – Nadine Gublin, head winemaker.   Most Burgundy domaines stay close to home, perhaps over the decades adding the odd plot in a neighbouring village when finances or inheritance permit, but rarely venturing further afield. Not so Domaine Jacques Prieur… this is an estate with […]

Falling in love with Furmint this February

Hungarian-born winemaker Vivien Ulvajri has worked in vineyards across the world from Napa Valley to New Zealand, but her passion lies in Tokaji. It is here that she has taken on the role of Head Winemaker at Barta, a small multi-award winning winery in the famous village of Mád. Barta Winery was established by Károly […]

What does Corney & Barrow have to do with Robert Burns?

”A man perpetually in the paroxysm and fears of inebriety is like a half-drowned stupid wretch condemned to labor unceasingly in water; but a now-and-then tribute to Bacchus is like the cold bath, bracing and invigorating.” So said Robert Burns, a man celebrated annually in Scotland and around the world on January 25th. Burns was […]

Olivier Leflaive: Burgundy 2017 Vintage Release

One of Burgundy’s most impressive names, Olivier Leflaive is recognised as much for the consistent quality and style of its wines as for the sheer breadth of its range. This can be considered no small achievement, in a wine region at once compact and increasingly prized worldwide, where demand for high quality grapes has come […]

Guidelines for adventurous drinking

“Red wine with fish. Well, that should have told me something”. James Bond may have recognised Grant as a fraud when he ordered a Chianti but these days restaurant etiquette is no longer so stuck on following the rules.  This is great news for oenophiles the UK over, but with so much choice, the less […]