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St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel: A sneak preview

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On Monday 21 March I was invited to taste some wines and have lunch at the still-officially-unopened St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel. It had a soft opening last week and will be officially opened on 5 May. Originally called the Midland … Continue reading

Atlantean Scion

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There were a lot of tastings in London last week, with some pretty interesting stuff available. Among much else, I tasted Louis Roederer Cristal 2004 (very good), Domaine Faiveley Mazis-Chambertin 1986 (à point, though very acidulous), Meerlust Rubicon 1986 (holding … Continue reading

Highs and Lows: Beronia Gran Reserva 2001-1973

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I love old Rioja. So it was with great pleasure that I accepted the invitation to a vertical tasting of Beronia Gran Reserva, held in the West End on 29 September. I went with some trepidation, though. I had not tasted … Continue reading

Seña and sensibility

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On Wednesday 15 September I went to the Autumn Portfolio Tasting of New Generation Wines, an affable bunch with some nice wines on their books – Schiopetto, for example. The tasting was held in The Red Room of Les Ambassadeurs … Continue reading

Pope discord

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Very discreetly – it is not part of his “official” itinerary – the Pope will today visit St Peter’s Residence in the deeply unglamorous Meadow Road SW8, all of five minutes walk from my flat. I am not a church … 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

Stockwell Flats

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At the London International Fine Art Fair on Saturday 6 June, I had a wander to see what was going on and enjoy the opportunity to see artworks that normally are hidden away behind the intimidating doors of Mayfair and St … Continue reading

Su and Sardinia: Su Sazzagoni in Hackney

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Thanks to the good offices of Martin Kyran at Foal Brand Grooming, I was able to visit recently Su Sazzagoni restaurant in Lauriston Road, Hackney, with my friend Jane Egginton. Opened in January 2009, Su Sazzagoni is a Sardinian trattoria … Continue reading

Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2005–1991

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Belatedly, here are my notes from a tasting of Pichon-Lalande 2005–1991 held at Christie’s St James’s offices in London on December 1, 2009. The wines were presented by Pichon-Lalande’s Technical Director, Thomas Dô Chi Nam. Château Pichon-Lalande 2005 Harvesting went from September 20 … Continue reading

Château Léoville-Poyferré 2007–1996

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At today’s Richards Walford annual portfolio tasting there were a few mini-verticals to investigate. The most impressive of these was a six-vintage vertical of Château Léoville-Poyferré 2007–1996. It is difficult to concentrate and write extensively at such a busy tasting … Continue reading