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Giovannini Moresco

I had the pleasure of meeting one of our favourite clients recently for a lovely dinner at Medlar on the King’s Road. I thought I’d bring one of my last bottles of a wine I was sure he hadn’t tasted.  A 1971 Barbaresco Pajore from Giavanni Moresco.  The wine on this showing had a strong [...]

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Gaja 1961 vs Cappellano 1964

A dear friend kindly opened these two great bottles on my recent visit to his home town.  This was a duel not only of two excellent vintages, but also of Barolo versus Barbaresco and most importantly of two highly respected producers. There is no doubt that the 1964 vintage is generally more highly regarded than [...]

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An Epic Dinner at Zucca

This was organised purely to celebrate the end of summer and the recent nuptials of some good friends from the trade. Sam Harris from Zucca Bermondsey treated us to his now legendary hospitality with some amazing food.  He sometimes uses these private dining room events (which holds 10 people) to experiment with new dishes and, [...]

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Lovely Dinner at Gauthier Soho

Met some dear old friends at Gauthier Soho for a lovely meal.  The food was restrained and pure and nicely cooked.  The wine all sang and were first time bottles for me except for one. We started with a 1975 Champagne from Christophe de Valicourt. This is a small house I hadn’t heard of before and [...]

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Oh what a night!

A few friends from the trade and I decided to toast the new year with a primarily Piedmont-based dinner at our favourite haunt, Zucca. Proprietor, Sam Harris, joined us for dinner and put on a bespoke spread to die for which included Raw Mackerel and Sicilian Prawns, Lightly seared Tuna with lemon and capers, Roast [...]

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A Tour Back to the Fifties, October 23rd

About a month I approached a few mates and suggested that we do a 50s night.  We gathered at mine for a glass of Jerome Prevost’s La Closerie Cuvee Les Beguines Champagne we headed to one of our favourite dining spots, Chez Bruce in Wansdworth. Once comfortably seated, we tucked into some Dom Perignon 1990 [...]

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Top Wines Top Night, Friday 14th Sept, 2012

Sometimes, one can look forward to a wine extravaganza and easily be disappointed but last Friday was simply not one of those nights. We met with some friends at our favourite London eatery, Zucca, and started opening some gems. We kicked off with a Selosse Substance (2006) which started with sweet candied apple nose and [...]

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