A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to get to host an evening with Olivier Dauga (consultant winemaker in France) at my new restaurant, La Ferme, in Primrose Hill.
Before the great and the good of British bloggers and journalists descended, Olivier asked to borrow me for a quick video…needless to say I didn’t expect to go where it did…
WARNING – It’s in french. Well…Oilvier’s bit is in french, mine’s in shit french 🙂
A couple of weeks back I got to visit Rioja for the first time. We headed off to a town called Haro, which has a collective of 7 top wineries that run an annual festival the Cata Estacion Del Haro. Pay your money, wander round for the weekend, and eat and drink and be merry.
Sounds good, eh?
Check out this little teaser I made for YouTube…and check your diary for next year 🙂
Whoops!! Forgot to post one yesterday, so here’s a two for the price of one. Finishing up our International Sherry Week videos, we’ve got Episode 4 on the sweet sherries, and Episode 5 on the easiest Sherry Cocktail imaginable. Enjoy, and get drinking more sherry!!
A few weeks back I headed down to the Crus Bourgeois tasting in London’s glamorous Pall Mall area to taste my way through some of the best value wines Bordeaux has to offer. Whilst there I managed to grab five minutes with Armelle Cruse, VP of the Crus Bourgeois, and asked her a little bit about who they were and what their plans are. Really nice lady, do check this out…
Last week I got the chance to head out to Champagne on the train and visit Champagne Deutz. Amongst the fine bubbles, great food, and wonderful setting, I managed to find time to have a chat with Jean-Marc Lallier-Deutz, the great great grandson of the founder William Deutz. Check out the video below and see how he feels about working in Champagne, and who he’d love to share a glass of bubbles with…santé Jean-Marc!
Was really lucky to sneak in a quick chat with Matt Stafford when he was over in London recently. Between trips round all the top wine sellers in the UK he managed to spare 5 minutes for me to take about what it’s like to be a winemaker at the brilliant Craggy Range vineyard in New Zealand…
Lidl UK had a new set of wines ready for us to taste yesterday in Central London. The mostly French-themed selection make up the bulk of what will be on the shelves for the Autumn and Winter in supermarkets across the country. Here’s my take on the top three whites and top three reds to keep an eye out for…and a cheeky rosé just for good measure! 😉
I’m not normally one for these “grape days”. Every other bloody day it’s something like Barbera Day or Pinot Gris Week or something daft like that. And you only ever hear about it the day it’s happening anyway. What use is that? Well not this week boys and girls!!
Every wine-o out there will no doubt heard of Yealands before. They are a big family wine estate with vineyards stretching all over the famous Marlborough district in New Zealand. I’ve been sent 5 bottles of their different Sauvignon Blancs and been asked to come up with something “arty” to promote them on International Sauvignon Blanc Day, this coming Friday, the 5th May. Arty? Have they met me?
If anything, I’m not sure why I’m bothering with a “Coming Up On…” post today. If it’s anything like last week then it’ll be out of the window by Wednesday regardless. A mixture of Jury Service, trying to get two start-up companies off the ground, market trading, chasing up logistics companies…well, you get the point. My routine has been seriously messed up!