Category Archives: Restaurants/wine and food

Indigo dine

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On Wednesday 10 November I was invited to dinner at The Square Mile Kitchen and Lounge, the restaurant of the Hotel Indigo near Tower Hill. The hotel’s name is curious because my first impression was of red rather than voilet. … Continue reading

The view from above

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Pictured below is my current workplace. The terrace at the Hotel Gervasoni in Valparaiso is the setting for the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles Chile 2010 tasting. Not a bad place in which to work. We tasted 49 wines this morning, … Continue reading

Port Authorities: Noval LBV 1994-2004

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I have long been suspicious of Late Bottled Vintage Ports. When I first started in the wine trade 14 years ago (I’m older than I look) I tucked into a bottle of LBV with my colleagues after some tasting or … Continue reading

Lost in the Maze

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To commemorate the launch of the 2005 Disznókő Kapi, Christian Seeley, MD of AXA Millésimes, hosted a dinner at Maze on 4 October. I adore Tokaji – it is, or can be, one of the world’s greatest wines. I have … Continue reading

Ridge Vineyards dinner in aid of the Pebbles Project

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Brighton resident and fine wine consultant David Wainwright has established a series of producer-focused fine wine dinners with all proceeds going to the Pebbles Project (www.pebblesproject.co.za) in South Africa. On 23 November, David will be hosting a dinner at The Square with Paul … Continue reading

Curry Hamburgers

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On Wednesday 22 September I went to my local curry house Hot Stuff with my mates Paul Raymonde, Angela Raymonde Cutler and Andrea Talkenberg. I suppose I should be flattered that these West London residents are prepared to come Sarf of … Continue reading

Three times the charm: Cantina di Clavesana

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How could I turn down an invitation to dine with three Italian ladies? Actually, one of them turned out to be French. Nobody’s perfect. On Monday 20 September I went to Al Duca restaurant in St James’s to taste some … Continue reading

Silver Smith: K Vintners and Charles Smith Wines

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On Monday 6 September, I was invited by Bibendum to taste their new listings from K Vintners and Charles Smith Wines. Bibendum will be importing five of these wines in January 2011, so this was an early preview. The tasting … Continue reading

Tom's Kitchen at Somerset House

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Last night (2 September) I was invited to attend the press launch of Tom Aiken’s new restaurant at Somerset House. Replacing the Admiralty Restaurant, Tom’s Kitchen is essentially a West End reproduction of the Chelsea restaurant of the same name, … Continue reading

Cecchi nowt: Identità London 2010

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I spent lunchtime today (7 June) at Vinopolis, where the Italian wine journalist Filippo Bartolatta hosted a tasting of Cecchi wines with Andrea and Cesare Cecchi. The tasting was a showcase for the launch of Cecchi’s new Supertuscan wine Coevo … Continue reading