Category Archives: Fine Wine

Ultravino Piemonte at 67 Pall Mall

There were two good reasons to head up to London on the train yesterday lunchtime, despite a long morning drive beforehand, to taste Ultravino‘s Piemontese offerings at 67 Pall Mall. Just as well there were two reasons, as the Tasting, … Continue reading

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Brunswick House – Some Classical Wines in a Classical Setting

It had been a while since I was at Brunswick House in Vauxhall, so I was very pleased to be back, even on a miserably wet night, earlier this month. When I’ve been before the food has been exceptional, largely … Continue reading

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Bérêche Night

Several times each year a group of friends, who all share an avid interest in the wines of Equipo Navazos, get together for dinner at 28-50 Restaurant in Marylebone (London). Most of the time we don’t drink Sherry at all, … Continue reading

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Late January back in Se-ven-teen

I’m chanelling “Oh What a Night” (The Four Seasons)…Not December 1963, but still “What a Very Special Time for Me, As I Remember, What a Night”. If you know the song, that’s what it felt like. I rarely write about … Continue reading

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I Met a Traveller from an Antique Land

…My name is Ozburgundian, Winemaker of Winemakers, Look on my Wines, ye Mighty, and despair! Okay, not quite what Shelley had in mind, but the mighty Ozgundians were in town again yesterday, this time joined by another Australian washed up … Continue reading

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Tuscan Raiders

There’s a group of aficionados of all things Toscana which meets several times a year to drink frankly far too much wine in impressive restaurants. It has been a while since I’ve been able to join them, so I was … Continue reading

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Five Men, Seven Wines, Typical Tuesday

When 28-50 was simply one exciting new restaurant for wine lovers, albeit in a dark basement off Fleet Street, I used to dine there fairly regularly, lunch and dinner. But after the Marylebone branch opened I kind of gravitated there, … Continue reading

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Chop Chop – Post Haisma/Le Grappin Lunch

Nine winoholics, or at least that’s how one sometimes feels in failing to follow the “Dry January” dictat,  had a table booked at Quality Chop House on Farringdon Road for a post-Vinoteca tasting lunch (it is work, you know). As … Continue reading

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Vintage!

Vintage, in relation to wine, has more than one meaning. To the group of Japanese tourists over from Les Crayères, who I accompanied with Raphael Bérèche around his cellars, it meant (albeit erroneously in this case) the pinnacle of achievement … Continue reading

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Rotters’ Club

Probably one of the most eagerly awaited openings of 2015 on the wine scene, the guys at Noble Rot (the very alternative wine magazine) finally opened their eponymous wine bar on Lamb’s Conduit Street a little over a week ago. … Continue reading

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