THE BIG FORTIFIED TASTING 2019

The Big Fortfied Tasting launched in 2010 and it’s the only wine tasting of its size that is solely dedicated to fortified wines. It’s not just big; it’s actually the biggest. What’s a fortified wine? A fortified wine is a wine which has had a spirit added to it. Think Port, Muscat, Sherry and Madeira. […]

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VALAIS WINES TASTING PARTY

Last night I swung by the Valais Wines Tasting Party at Wringer & Mangle in East London to try some lovely Swiss wines and learn a little about the Valais wine region. I had never tasted Swiss wine before and I’ve never been to Switzerland – and now I’m in the sticky situation of wanting […]

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TRE BICCHIERI 2019

A highlight of last week was the Tre Bicchieri tasting at the Royal Horticultural Halls. With 45 Italian producers showing their wines, I knew I’d get to try some beauties (Italian wine and I are very much in love). My first sip of the day was the Mattia Vezzola Brut Rosé from Costaripa in Lombardy. […]

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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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