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Launch of the Piper Heidsieck Essentiel Cuvée Reservée

Jul 05, 17 Launch of the Piper Heidsieck Essentiel Cuvée Reservée

Posted by in Champagne, Food and Wine

Piper Heidsieck have just launched their latest cuvée, the Essentiel Cuvée Reservée Extra Brut. Last week I and a small group of wine bloggers dined with Regis Camus, the chef de cave of Piper in Central London over various bottles and vintages of Piper Heidsieck. Regis was in town to promote their newest cuvée, the Essentiel Cuvée...

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Rum Fest coming to SW London at The Jam Tree

Jun 22, 17 Rum Fest coming to SW London at The Jam Tree

Posted by in London

I like my wine, as you know, but sometimes, especially on super hot days like we’ve been having in the Capital, I fancy something ice cold with lots of ice! Yes, I’m talking about summer time cocktails and what’s more summery than rum? The Jam Tree  are thinking along the same lines and to celebrate summer are...

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How To Store Fine Wine in Optimum Conditions

Jun 13, 17 How To Store Fine Wine in Optimum Conditions

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Acquiring fine wine is one stage in the process but if you don’t have optimum conditions in which to store them, there is always the risk that the wine may not mature as you wish.  There are four crucial elements to consider regarding the storage of fine wine – humidity, temperature and air quality, the light and vibration and the...

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Charity lunch at Vivat Bacchus with Kaapzicht Wines and the Pebbles Project

Jun 01, 17 Charity lunch at Vivat Bacchus with Kaapzicht Wines and the Pebbles Project

Posted by in All

Vivat Bacchus, despite it’s Latinate name, is a wine bar and restaurant in Farringdon specialising in the wines of South Africa. Begun in the mid 2000’s by Gerrie Knoetze,  there are two branches in London, the other being at London Bridge. Vivat Bacchus mainly serves food influenced by Cape cuisine but also has British...

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London Outdoor Venues to get into the Summertime Vibe

May 29, 17 London Outdoor Venues to get into the Summertime Vibe

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It looks like we may be getting summer this year. I certainly hope that last week wasn’t it for the Great British Summer! With that in mind, I’m sure people are looking around for Summer Party venues. Over the past two weeks or so, I’ve been invited to a few places that would be ideal. The well established...

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Taste of Abruzzo workshop with Chef Danilo Cortellini

May 29, 17 Taste of Abruzzo workshop with Chef Danilo Cortellini

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Recently I was invited to a masterclass of pasta making and wine tasting with the Wines of Abruzzo. Abruzzo is located on the eastern shoreline of Italy, east of Rome and south of Marche. The region may not be as well known as other regions of Italy but it has plenty to offer in both food and wine. Chef Danilo Cortellini (of...

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Ray’s Bar offering 50% off on it’s new cocktails this week only

May 23, 17 Ray’s Bar offering 50% off on it’s new cocktails this week only

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Late night cocktail bar, Ray’s Bar in Dalston recently launched their new summer menu and to coincide with that, they are offering 50% off their new cocktails this week only. “From long and short concoctions, to sweet and savoury flavours, many of the cocktails comprise unusual spirits from around the globe, including...

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An evening of food and wine with the Consorzio Vini Colli Bolognesi

May 22, 17 An evening of food and wine with the Consorzio Vini Colli Bolognesi

Posted by in All, Food and Wine, Italy

I attended a Bologna Hills food and wine tasting evening the other day at well known Italian restaurant Burro E Salvia in East London recently. The Consorzio Vini Colli Bolognesi was in town to show off the delicious pastas, meats and wines of the region. Situated in the hills surrounding Bologna, it is the capital of the...

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Bellavista Franciacorta, Italian sparkling with dinner

May 19, 17 Bellavista Franciacorta, Italian sparkling with dinner

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I recently attended a dinner hosted by Franciacorta producer Bellavista. We met at Italian restaurant Margot in Covent Garden for what promised to be an enlightening wine and food matching occasion. Franciacorta is often said to be Italy’s answer to Champagne and, while it is made using the same method and uses chardonnay as it’s...

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Nipha Winery -a fledgeling in the Nashik Valley

Apr 20, 17 Nipha Winery -a fledgeling in the Nashik Valley

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So what do you do if you’re a microbiologist in the Antarctic and need something to do in the off-season? Start a winery of course and in India no less! To be fair, Ashok Surwade is Indian and from the Nashik Valley so it might not be such a huge leap of faith but still – he was an Antarctic researcher before chucking...

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