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Brown Brothers – Australian wine and Hix chops feast

May 02, 14 Brown Brothers – Australian wine and Hix chops feast

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Brown Brothers are an Australian wine family with a long tradition in wine making. I was recently introduced to some of their wines at  a dinner at Hix in Soho with their Ambassador, Andrew Harris. Andrew has been involved in the wine making process with Brown Brothers for many years but now spends his time travelling around the...

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Decanter’s Italian Fine Wine Encounter next weekend (May 10,2014)

May 01, 14 Decanter’s Italian Fine Wine Encounter next weekend (May 10,2014)

Posted by in All, Italy

Next weekend, May 10th, is Decanter’s Italian Fine Wine Encounter. I always enjoy going to these events because it’s the perfect opportunity to meet and taste some fabulous Italian wines. I love Italian wine but sadly, I never seem to have the time to really get to know them. Decanter’s tasting serves as a good...

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Laurent Perrier Afternoon Tea at The Dorchester

Mar 31, 14 Laurent Perrier Afternoon Tea at The Dorchester

Posted by in Champagne, Hotels and Spas

Now that Spring has sprung, that means that the RHS Chelsea Flower show is just around the corner. The show was first held in 1913 on the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital and except for gaps during both World Wars, it has been held there ever since. It used to be the biggest flower show until it was overtaken by the Hampton Court...

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Moti Mahal Dinner Series featuring the Grand Trunk Road

Mar 28, 14 Moti Mahal Dinner Series featuring the Grand Trunk Road

Posted by in Food and Wine, London, restaurants

I attended a dinner recently at Moti Mahal in Covent Garden featuring the culinary and cultural heritage of the Grand Trunk Road. For those of you unfamiliar with the GTR (as it’s commonly called) is an ancient trade and military route that linked the East and West of India for centuries. The road was crucial in the process...

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Chateau Cantenac Brown Margaux dinner at Clos Maggiore, London

Mar 26, 14 Chateau Cantenac Brown Margaux dinner at Clos Maggiore, London

Posted by in Food and Wine, France, restaurants

“The first job of Bordeaux is to be red.” That is a common saying in the region and one that  was repeated to me by Troisièmes Crus Classified Château Cantenac Brown Margaux winemaker Jose Sanfins at dinner the other night. So, why was he making a white wine in Bordeaux? Well, in a nutshell, Jose likes the whites of...

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Four Seasons Sharm el Sheikh – My Birthday Treat

Mar 24, 14 Four Seasons Sharm el Sheikh – My Birthday Treat

Posted by in All, Hotels and Spas, Travel

As we touched down in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, I was full of anticipation for the next few days and my stay at the Four Seasons Sharm el Sheikh and not only because it was my birthday that week I’ve stayed at a few other Four Seasons resorts around the world but I’d never been to the Red Sea and couldn’t wait to...

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Kosher wine making a splash in London

Mar 14, 14 Kosher wine making a splash in London

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If someone had offered me kosher wine not too long ago I would have politely passed. To me, kosher wine meant sickly sweet and more akin to grape juice then wine. However, after the recent Kosher Food and Wine Experience I attended here in Central London, I have a definitely changed my tune. Kosher wine is technically ‘grape...

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250th anniversary of Ruinart Rose

Mar 07, 14 250th anniversary of Ruinart Rose

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Did you know that Ruinart were the first champagne house to ship rosé champagne back in 1764? That fact was only recently discovered by the house when the was doing a bit of research into their archives. Although Veuve Clicquot was the first to do an assemblage rosé back in 1880, Ruinart was the first to ship a rosé champagne in...

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Guest Post – Proving ‘Sideways’ Wrong: Understanding Merlot

Mar 05, 14 Guest Post – Proving ‘Sideways’ Wrong: Understanding Merlot

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Comedy enthusiasts and wine lovers alike might remember the film ‘Sideways’, the tale of two wine lovers on a stag weekend. No doubt the part that sticks in their memory is one of the lead characters voicing an angry refusal to drink Merlot. Naturally, the film won’t have done any favours for this dry, red wine. Who knows, a lot of...

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Visiting the cellars of Laurent-Perrier Champagne

Mar 03, 14 Visiting the cellars of Laurent-Perrier Champagne

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A few weeks ago I was in Champagne and paid a visit to the House of Laurent-Perrier. I always enjoy cellar visits but the ones in Champagne I especially like because they are usually carved out of chalk and full of all that lovely champagne! The cellars of Laurent Perrier snake beneath the House for 10 kms and encompass not only...

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