THE STORY OF A RENEGADE IN THE WORLD OF WINE

There’s a new sheriff in town and it’s called the urban winery. There are no panoramas of lush green vines to gush over, no rolling hills to serve as the backdrop of a smug selfie with wine glass in hand, no rays of sunshine at that magic hour of the morning where different corners of […]

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GRAYS & FEATHER: UNLOCKING THE KINGDOM OF WINE

I am always thrilled about a new wine bar springing up in London, but there’s something about Grays & Feather in Covent Garden that is even more exciting than most. Self-described as a ‘mischievous wine parlour’, the two-storey venue pricks the senses as soon as you walk in: in your direct eye-line is an elaborate […]

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Well, until next year #LondonWineWeek! I loved the wine flights at @berrybrosrudd - the red was particularly good. 2017 Berry Bros. & Rudd Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir by Au Bon Climat, followed by 2016 Berry Bros. & Rudd Good Ordinary Claret and finishing with 2016 Berry Bros. & Rudd Rioja by Bodegas Amézola de la Mora. My fave was the Pinot Noir - light and elegant with raspberries, strawberries and the right amount of smokey oak - delish! I’m going to be seeking this one out again. And that’s why London Wine Week and events like it are so great - it’s all about discovering something new.
Rocking the double denim with @lucy28southern at #LondonWineWeek! Here we are enjoying a Chardonnay and a Riesling from @renegadelondonwine - highly recommend a visit!
These are some of the stellar wines I tasted last week at @hatchmansfield’s birthday celebrations! Hatch are a boutique import agency for family-owned wineries around the world and this year is their 25th anniversary. Read more about Hatch in the link in my bio and learn about the incredible wineries they represent including @champagnetaittinger, @villamariawines and @louisjadot ✨🍷🥂
It’s London Wine Week! There’s loads of amazing winey stuff happening around the city, not least in the merry little wine parlour @graysandfeather. We’ve got a couple of delicious £10 indulgences for anyone with a #LWW19 pass - choose between a glass of sparkling red Raboso served with beetroot devilled eggs or a gorgeous Moscato with blue cheese, honey and figs. Or don’t choose at all - have both! Like I did yesterday. Get your London Wine Week pass on the @drinkupldn app 👌👌👌🍷😘 Pic by @calos_charlie 🤟
A neon pink wine?! Oh Grolleau! 😍 Well it’s not quite this colour in daylight and although there is no filter on this, the light shining through this natural wine is making it more luminous and magical-looking. This 2018 Loire Valley 100% Grolleau from Catherine and Pierre Breton is the first Grolleau I’ve ever tasted. Grolleau is a local grape which is similar to Gamay - so if you like a light-bodied Beaujolais, you might like this. Might. This wine has really divided the staff at @graysandfeather - the most common comments are, ‘It’s DIFFERENT.’ To me, it tasted so different that I kept going back to it to see if I liked it, then I decided I liked it, now I’ve decided I love it. I taste redcurrants, cranberry, rosemary (and other herbs I haven’t figured out yet), cherry cough sweets, earth and that natural wine ‘funk’ 🤟 If you’re a curious starchild natural wine motherfunker, you’ve got to give it a go.
I interviewed Warwick from @renegadelondonwine about how he’s turning an old industry on its head with his urban winery in Bethnal Green. Have a read and let me know what you think! (Link in bio ☝️)
What a privilege last night to be invited to @hatchmansfield’s 25th birthday dinner. Hatch manage a select number of premium, family-owned wine companies including Louis Jardot, Taittinger and Villa Maria, and last night was a celebration of all they have achieved over the past quarter of a century. There were incredible wines to taste, followed by a three-course dinner at tables that glittered with the crème de la crème of the wine industry. I was on a table with Steven Spurrier, Tim Atkin MW and John Stimpfig from Decanter! I was truly in the presence of greatness! I was already buzzing from meeting Oz Clarke at the tasting - I suppressed the urge to ask for a selfie (be cool, Sophia, be cool) but I did tell him that I’m reading his book at the moment, Red & White. It was a dream of an evening and I feel inspired and honoured to have shared such an occasion with some of the world’s wine greats!
For when you have fizz fatigue (but still want fizz) a sparkling Moscato is the dream. For those with a sweet tooth, this beautiful wine from @annaspinato_winery has delicate floral aromas and tastes of honey and apricots. Don’t just save Moscato for birthday cake - it’s lovely on its own too 💕✨
Mmmmm! Vinho Verde and seafood - like a 🐷 in 💩 (a lovely northern phrase I learned from my dad). LITERALLY in my happy place @randallandaubin in Soho, favourite restaurant ever, eating my favourite food, drinking one of my newly favourite wines. Vinho Verde (translating as ‘green wine’ because the wine is so young - it’s ready to drink 3 to 6 months after the grapes have been harvested!) is a Portuguese wine that has a fresh, fruity, floral character, with a slight pétillance (it’s a bit fizzy). This is a wine to guzzle, which is exactly what you need when you’re gorging on Fruits de Mer, feelin fancy! 😯