Here you can find posts relating to the world of wine. Enjoy!
- Leading wine expert Oz Clarke talks about some of his favorite foods and wines to drink during summer, with an emphasis on honesty, integrity and passion (the producers’ and their products). Enjoy the short video.
- Into Wine is the latest book from best-selling French author Olivier Magny (who is also a sommelier, TV host and Parisian wine bar owner). It is a great gateway to the world of wine for those just beginning to develop a taste for it and also so-called ‘experts’. It’s written in a direct, enthusiastic and fun style. Definitely worth a read.
- TONG magazine is a provocative publication about the world of wine – tackling one issue at a time. I talk with its editor & publisher, Filip Verheyden, whose views on some subjects such as ‘natural’ wine and ‘minerality’ may be seen as controversial by some though self-evident for others.
- Cube Communications organized a lunch at Roussillon, Alexis Gauthier’s 1 Michelin starred restaurant in London’s Pimlico in order to see how one of Australia’s leading winemakers’ top-end wines could stand up to the chef’s refined French food. It made for an interesting, enjoyable and successful meal overall, and I was very glad to have been able to participate.
- We spent a long and enjoyable Saturday at Vinopolis, first enjoying a wine tasting with noted wine expert Oz Clarke, then a self-guided tour of Vinopolis, then popping out for some satisfying tapas at Tapas Brindisa in nearby Borough Market, and finally a front-row seat at a Chef vs. Critics quiz show which included some of the UK’s best known food personalities.
- A musically themed wine tasting extravaganza. I was able to visit the Rock Stage, Alternative Stage and Main Stage, as well as a brief visit to the Media Tent. Some cracking wines and some at very good prices for the quality.
- During a meal at London’s 2-starred Michelin restaurant, The Square, I gathered up the courage (and the cash) to purchase my first-ever glass of this amazing golden nectar. Read about it in the section within the post called Yquemical Bonding.
- A wonderful evening of wine tasting from 4 top Australian producers, plus some gastronomic treats from down under to go with the wines. Great event all in all, with some new & promising wines discovered, plus one of the best wagyu beefs I’ve had in a long while.
- Mrs. LF prepared dinner for 5 at home, and I acted as ameteur sommelier. There are some (admittedly minimal) comments and pictures relating to the wines we drank, so have a peek if you wish.
- We had a wonderful simple meal at home: roasted quail and ‘proper’ french beans. It was accompanied by Monty’s Dry French White wine, which was an excellent match – a simple meal with a great table wine. We had a wonderful time of it.
- Monty Waldin’s 2008 red and white wines have recently been released in the UK – you can buy them online from Adnams. I didn’t get to try the inaugural 2007 vintage, so am looking forward to tasting the 2008! Hopefully this year will be a good one for Monty.
- We visited the recently-opened The Kensington Wine Rooms for a Sunday Lunch and were very impressed. A wide array of top-quality wines available by tasting portion, small or large glass from a number of Enomatic wine dispensers; great food; nice vibe; and friendly service. If it maintains quality standards and can be consistent over the long-term, I can see them having a small chain of these in London organized around the same concept. Well done!
- Amazing article about Hiro Kusuda, a testament to having a passion and vision and following it through no matter what.