Horse power: Mas Amiel and Maury

I find it rather therapeutic when I occasionally see horses being used in the vineyard, particularly in Europe where machine power has long been the norm. Some producers are reverting to using horses (or mules) in  Priorat in Spain and other regions where steep terraces makes the use of machines almost impossible. Horses have also been […]

Wines to impress at The Jugged Hare

Taxidermy, bone marrow, faggots, junket and traditional sherries from family producers… Yes, there are many traditional elements to The Jugged Hare, the latest addition to the ETM restaurant group. But new City pub also offers the group’s most ambitious wine list to date, so I was curious to give it a try. Our visit, last […]

Wines for British asparagus

Asparagus is best enjoyed as fresh as possible and, although you can buy asparagus all year round from other origins, I firmly believe that nothing beats British asparagus to really appreciate this extraordinary vegetable. Finding a complementary wine to go with it, though a little challenging, is the icing on the cake. The British asparagus season has got […]

European wines are the sommelier’s favourite…

My latest feature in Eat.Drink magazine, published by The Drinks Business, explains why Europe offers a rich variety of food friendly wines, from well known classics to far more obscure grapes and wine styles. I talk to leading sommeliers and restaurateurs about their current favourites, how to serve them and what to eat with them. […]

Wine and spice: Yalumba dinner at The Cinnamon Club…

Which are the best wines for spicy food? I joined a group of diners at The Cinnamon Club last Friday to pick up some tips. The Cinnamon Club’s wine consultant, Laurent Chaniac, selected a colourful selection of top drops from South Australia’s Yalumba to accompany head chef Rakesh Ravindran Nair’s modern Indian cuisine. Our aperitif […]