LOCAL SICILIAN PRODUCE & WINES AT CASANOVA & DAUGHTERS

Cedric Casanova – half-French, half-Sicilian – had an illustrious career as an acrobat in Cirque du Soleil, but the time had come for him to hang up his tightrope. He returned to Sicily and spent a few months thinking about what he was going to do, feasting on the olives that his family grew in the small village of Salaparuta, and eating the bread, cheese … Continue reading LOCAL SICILIAN PRODUCE & WINES AT CASANOVA & DAUGHTERS

INTERNATIONAL SHERRY WEEK 2019

If, when you think of sherry, you think of your grandmother sipping on Bristol Cream from a tiny glass at Christmastime, you need to update your information. Sherry is an incredibly versatile wine, ranging from bone-dry to sticky-sweet, with a full pantry of flavours to entice the palate – nuts, lemon peel, raisins, caramel… Furthermore, if you didn’t know this already – sherry is achingly … Continue reading INTERNATIONAL SHERRY WEEK 2019

HARVEST SUPPER AT THE PIG AT BRIDGE PLACE WITH SIMPSONS WINES

The Pig Hotel at Bridge Place in Canterbury is a sight for sore eyes in the late afternoon sun in October. The period country house stands proudly in the beautifully manicured grounds – not too manicured, mind; there is a working kitchen garden that is tended to daily, the fruits of which are used on the menu from dawn ‘til dusk in dishes, teas and … Continue reading HARVEST SUPPER AT THE PIG AT BRIDGE PLACE WITH SIMPSONS WINES

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 Lane, only to recoil at how bitter the wine tasted … Continue reading INSIDE THE WINE LIST: KAHANI

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 again as it was pretty darn tasty. An enthusiasm for … Continue reading WINE TASTING AT LE COCHONNET – 7TH FEB