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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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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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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WSET LEVEL 2 AWARD IN WINES & SPIRITS

Hooray! My WSET 2 course is done and dusted. I’m excited because there’s a qualification at the end of it (I hope!) but a little sad that the learning is over – I was just getting into the swing of things. Learning as an adult is a funny thing. School taught me to have an […]

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