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Cocktails inspired by the Chelsea Flower Show at the Kensington Hotel

May 20, 15 Cocktails inspired by the Chelsea Flower Show at the Kensington Hotel

Posted by in Lifestyle

Everything is coming up roses this week (or at least flowery) as it’s the week of the Chelsea Flower Show. I visited the Kensington Hotel last night to sample the special cocktail they’ve created to celebrate all those stunning floral displays down the road. Their mixologist Alessandro Pizzoli has concocted the Lily of the Valley,...

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Afternoon Tea at the Dorchester for the Chelsea Flower Show 2015

May 18, 15 Afternoon Tea at the Dorchester for the Chelsea Flower Show 2015

Posted by in Champagne

The Chelsea Flower Show is this week and as they’ve done for a number of past years,  The Dorchester has partnered with Laurent-Perrier Champagne to create a breath-taking show garden, marking Chatsworth’s debut at Chelsea for the 2015 show.  The tea will be held in The Dorchester’s Promenade and will be served with...

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Launch of the Laurent-Perrier ’06 on the Belmond British Pullman

May 06, 15 Launch of the Laurent-Perrier ’06 on the Belmond British Pullman

Posted by in Champagne

Recently, I found myself rolling through the English countryside on a vintage train, drinking vintage Champagne. I was travelling on the Belmond British Pullman train for lunch and the launch of the 2006 vintage of  Laurent-Perrier Champagne. Growing up in California, I never really  had much chance to travel by train but...

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An Exploration of Champagne Ruinart Roses

Apr 22, 15 An Exploration of Champagne Ruinart Roses

Posted by in Champagne

“Champagne is best drunk between 9 am and 9 am the next day…” according to Ruinart Chef de Cave, Frédéric Panaïotis. I couldn’t agree more, which is how I found myself one Friday morning in Mayfair ready for a tasting of Ruinart’s rosés going  back to the 1980’s. The morning was dedicated to an...

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Pairing Food with Wine in Spring

Apr 13, 15 Pairing Food with Wine in Spring

Posted by in Featured Post, Food and Wine

I am currently in the middle of organising a spring party for friends. It’s not a party for any particular occasion. It is simply an opportunity for me to catch up and to experiment with some of the many wonderful ingredients that this season has to offer.   I have just completed the “food and wine pairing” item on my party...

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and now for something different…& Union Beer

Apr 11, 15 and now for something different…& Union Beer

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While it is true that I’m the Winesleuth, I have started to branch out a bit into the world of craft beers. I like beer but it’s never been something that I took a more than perfunctory look at. However, with the proliferation of craft and artisan beers, I’m giving them a go. Recently, I was introduced to a rather...

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World Malbec Day with Guacho

Apr 08, 15 World Malbec Day with Guacho

Posted by in All, Argentina

World Malbec Day is coming up, it’s April 17th in case you forgot to save the date. To mark the day, Argentine restaurant Gaucho is launching a week of special Malbec tastings at various Gauchos around London. I was invited to a sneak preview of the tastings with Mr Malbec, himself, Gaucho’s Director of Wine, Phil...

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Celebrity Wine Vineyards that You Should Visit

Mar 18, 15 Celebrity Wine Vineyards that You Should Visit

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If you are a traveler who loves drinking a glass of champagne or any other tipple while on a trip, then you really should visit  a wine vineyard. Aside from getting a taste of the best and freshest wines, you will also be treated to other amenities like food and entertainment. In addition, you will be able to gain more knowledge...

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Awesome Amsterdam on a Budget: Eating Out, the Dutch Way

Mar 02, 15 Awesome Amsterdam on a Budget: Eating Out, the Dutch Way

Posted by in Travel

Amsterdam is one of those places that you need to experience at least once. I’ve been and I loved it. It’s a vibrant, bustling city with lots to discover on every corner. When it comes to city breaks, they can be a tad expensive. But, that doesn’t have to be the case with Amsterdam. In fact, this is one city where you can do...

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[PODCAST] Chatting with Beltran Domecq, President of the Sherry Council

Feb 27, 15 [PODCAST] Chatting with Beltran Domecq, President of the Sherry Council

Posted by in Podcast, Spain

Next in my podcast chats is Beltran Domecq, the president of the Sherry Council. If you have any comments about the podcast or podcasting, please feel free to leave a comment. You can subscribe and download the podcast here. I caught up with Beltran via Skype recently to chat about the ongoing 80th anniversary celebrations of the...

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