Category Archives: Fine Wine

Sportsman March 2019

My annual trip to The Sportsman at Seasalter came early this year. I always look forward to lunch in this self-styled “grotty pub” in an out of the way location on the North Kent coast, which serves what for me … Continue reading

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Howard Ripley’s Truly Great German Tasting

On 13 March 2019 Howard Ripley Wines held their biggest ever tasting at the China Exchange in Soho, London. For this tasting, thirty producers’ wines were on show, and I believe that twenty-six of them were actually there to pour for … Continue reading

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Jura Dinner at The Pig

It was quite fortuitous that, with a trip to Arbois imminent, we (that’s three couples with a passion for all things Jura) had the chance to take over the private room at The Pig, near Brockenhurst in the New Forest … Continue reading

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Ripples Become Waves – Howard Ripley German 2017 GG and Reds

There’s a certain sedate quality to your average Howard Ripley Tasting. You turn up early to the grand venue, the Pension’s Room in Gray’s Inn, and for a few moments you can sip amid a sea of calm. Even when … Continue reading

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Utravino – The Full Piemonte

A lot of my articles draw attention to small importers, often working in specialist areas. Without the innovation and deep knowledge these small merchants bring to the table we’d probably miss out on some spectacular wines, as I hope recent … Continue reading

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Paris (What We Drank In…)

I’ve just been over to Paris for a long weekend, my first trip there since November 2016. The city was bathed in early summer warmth and sunshine, which can rather make it seem like the best city on earth at … Continue reading

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Sportsman (but Seasalter, No Football Here)

I do actually enjoy the football, but pretty much nothing would have got in the way of another trip to The Sportsman at Seasalter in Kent last Friday. Certainly not the seven hours on various trains it took to get … Continue reading

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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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