INSIDE THE WINE LIST: KAHANI

Wine and curry: discuss. Historically, it’s been a confusing pairing. The usual general rule of ‘like for like’ when pairing food and wine (sweet goes with sweet, acidity goes with acidity, etc) goes out the window with curry. I have definitely made the logical decision in the past to take a heavy, spicy Malbec to Brick […]

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WINES OF HUNGARY: TOKAJI

What do you know about the wines of Hungary? Well, if you’re like me, the answer would be, ‘Not very much, but ooh, TOKAJI!’ Tokaji (pronounced Tok-eye, which is also the same way you pronounce the region ‘Tokaj’) was one of my favourite discoveries of last year. Like all of its fans, I was wowed by […]

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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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WINE TASTING AT LE COCHONNET – 7TH FEB

‘Have you tasted the Clare Valley Riesling? You must try the Riesling!’ I first met the owner of Le Cochonnet, Peter, whilst tasting some delicious wines from Pikes at the London Wine Fair. I had tried the Riesling and had learned all about it from Jamie at Pikes, but I was happy to try it […]

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CHRISTMAS WINES FROM MR WHIRLY!

Simon travels the nooks and crannies of the world to hand-source his wines and they are usually all made by small, boutique producers, which means you’re rarely going to find them anywhere else in London. Simon’s passion for wine shines through with a contagious enthusiasm and whether you are a connoisseur or a novice, you’ll feel right at home in his shop-come-tasting room where you’re sure to discover some real gems. And what better time of year to discover those gems than Christmastime, when any occasion – be it a party, after work, or breakfast – is an occasion to drink wine.

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INSIDE THE WINE LIST: DAVY’S OF LONDON

Davy’s Wine Merchants celebrate their 150th birthday next year and, having only just caught my eye, they seem to be wearing their age very well. Established in an era when deliveries arrived by horse and cart on the cobbled streets of London Town, and serving patrons through two World Wars and into the millennium, this group of 24 traditional wine bars and shops can perhaps give us all a lesson in longevity.

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