Upcoming – 5 decades of Chateau d’Yquem at Nobu London

Jan 09, 14 Upcoming – 5 decades of Chateau d’Yquem at Nobu London

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I don’t usually write about events that I’m not attending but I know the guys over at The Antique Wine Company and they always have good stuff to taste. This time, however, I think they have outdone themselves. They are offering a unique, dare I say it, once in a lifetime opportunity, to taste 5 decades of Chateau d’Yquem paired with the cuisine of Nobu London. What was most surprising to me was that 5 decades only goes back to the 60’s! But, what vintages they have are going to be tasting. Starting with 1967 and ending with a 2007 – 1975, 1986,2001 and 1990 round out the evening. Nobu’s chef, Mark Edwards has worked closely with AWC to find the perfect pairings for the evening. The evening is going to be hosted by one of AWC’s wine experts, Stephen Brook, who as a Bordeaux expert, can be counted on to give plenty of insight and expert knowledge on Ch. d’Yquem. ┬áThe dinner is scheduled for Wed. Feb 5th. An event like this can only happen in London (or possible China nowadays) and at ┬ú750.00 per person, you’re going to have to have some pretty deep pockets to attend. One day…. ­čśë   Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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Aveqia – Swedish cooking classes

Jan 28, 13 Aveqia – Swedish cooking classes

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I seem to be going to cooking classes a lot lately. I don’t know if that’s because I need lessons or not but they are a lot of fun. Swedish cooking seems to be on a lot of radars these days and having recently visited Malmo, Sweden myself recently, I was very much looking forward to cooking at Aveqia. They call themselves a “new restaurant concept”. So, if you want to do more than just sit there and wait for your food, this is certainly for you. All kidding aside, it really is a great evening out. We started off with glasses of sparkling wine, so it can’t be that arduous. The venue of Aveqia is, while not exactly hidden, there is no outside signage to let you know you’ve arrived – only a red velvet rope. Hmmm, maybe that does mean you’ve arrived… They primarily focus on cooking classes as a corporate activity but Saturday nights are turned over to private parties. The evening I attended, there were mixed groups of people, from singles to groups of 3 to 4 friends. After welcome drinks, we were ushered into the dining area/kitchen space and given a tour and health and safety brief by the 3 chefs who would be supervising our cooking experience. Aveqia has been running in Sweden for the past 3 years and has proven very successful, with 2 sites in Sweden and now their third site here in London, in Farringdon. It was founded by entrepreneur Johan Kadar and Chef David Berggren, who has experience in both Michelin starred restaurants and 5 star hotels. Our chefs for the evening,Peter Hencz, Celine Fauvelle and Daniel┬áJohanssen (you can read up on the chef bios here) all have been based in the flagship restaurant in Stockholm but have now relocated to work here in London. We paired off in groups, my friend Jeanne had come along with me, and we volunteered to make the starter of foie gras with winter apples, brioche and almond...

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Naked all the way

Naked Wines, The Naked Chef? It was only a matter of time before those two got together! I like the whole concept of Naked Wines championing smaller wineries that might not get the market share that they deserve as well as their concept of wine auctions all the time. If you’re not familiar with Naked Wines, you should check them out. And now Naked Wines has joined up with Jamie Oliver, pairing food and wine on both Jamie’s website and Naked Wines’ website. Jamie has his own mixed case of┬áseasonal wines which are available from Naked Wines in either┬ácases of 6 or 12. Jamie’s site has now added a dedicated wine page where you can find food and wine recipe matches as well as general wine tips. Jamie has picked a diverse range of wines for his Naked mixed case. Ranging from Spanish rose, Castillo de Tefalla rosado 08 to New Zealander Michael Brown’s Angels Share Sauvignon Blanc to a top grenache from Domaine Cristia, Vin de pays 08, there is something for all tastes. Jamie has also paired his own recipes with the wines from his mixed cases. Perfect if you’re stuck for ideas on what’s for dinner. If you haven’t visited Naked Wines, give them a try. They have great wines at great prices and you’ll certainly find some hidden (or not so hidden) gems! Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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