Steaky steak steak…Chapters in Blackheath

Some time ago I went along to Chapter One in the wilds of Kent to have a Nyetimber paired dinner. That went down so well that when Chapters of Blackheath contacted me to try out their josper grilled steaks, how could I resist. Chapters is one of only 9 restaurants in the capital to use the famed Josper grill, a combination of grill...

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Bombshell red,Washington State wine

The London International Wine Fair is always so much fun because you never know what you’re going to find. Back when I lived in the States, I was familiar with Washington state wines. I knew they did aromatic whites such as riesling, pinot gris and other cool climate varietals but my general impression was of a state of wet...

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The Winesleuth gets a nod from the 2010 Wine Blog Awards!

Wow! What else can I say. It’s fantastic that my little ol’ blog has been recognised by the all those winos in America. I’m one of the finalists in the  2010 Wine Blog Awards in the category of  Best Graphics, Presentation or Photography. When I started TheWinesleuth, a little over 2 years ago, it really was a...

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Speed dating California wine….

A couple of months ago I went to a tasting, here in London, of what was being marketed as California ‘benchmark’ wines which left me mightly unimpressed. I just knew California vintners could do better having sampled many on my trips home so I was excited when the Sonoma county Vintners invited me to Goodman Steakhouse...

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Are you going to S.F.? If so, don’t bring me back any wine under $20 bucks*

“All the leaves are brown…and the sky is grey. I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day….” Typical cold, drizzly, sun-goes-down-at-4pm-in-London-late November afternoon and I was walking to the Hoxton in Shoreditch for the  Wine Institute of California’s first official bloggers meetup. We...

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Adelsheim ’07 pinot gris in the S. Carolina Low Country

Even though I’m on holiday in South Carolina, I’m still finding time to do a bit of winetasting in between golf and beach. Yesterday we went to a fabulous place called Palmetto Bluff, hung around the pool there and drank mojito noirs (mojitos made with dark rum) all day. I’m staying with my friend Debra and she...

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