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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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Wines and Cigars of the Year

It’s been a great and many thanks to all that shared some great bottles, cigars and laughs. I’ve been very lucky to share some top wines this year but I will remember these for a very long time. Hermitage Blanc 1991 Chave Hermitage Rouge 1990 Chave Clos de Vougeot 1978 Heritiers Nicolas Echezeaux 1985 JP [...]

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A couple of 1982 Barbs

We had an interesting pair of Barbaresco 1982s yesterday.  It’s a vintage that I have come to love over the years and is easily the best vintage of the 1980s after the legendary – and probably the best vintage of our generation- 1989. The Barbaresco Paje from Produttori del Barbaresco was dark coloured with an [...]

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Barolo 1997 Retrospective

On my recent trip to Piedmont, we lined up 14/15 Baroli from the much lauded (on release) and maligned (recently) 1997 vintage in Piedmont.  The vintage was the first hot vintage vintage since 1990 and winemakers seemed to struggle in keeping freshness and balance in their wines.  The 2003 vintage was much hotter and generally [...]

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Birthday Celebrations

Last Thursday we headed from the depths of South to the heights of North London for a good friend’s birthday. After getting acquainted with the most flirtatious cat I’d ever met we got stuck into a delicious, creamy and racy bottle of Salon 1997. I’ve not had much of this wine in the past but [...]

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Another Cracker, Sept 15th, 2012

  It’s been a smashing week of drinking. After Friday extravaganza and 3 amazing bottles (Selosse, Chave and Marcarini 64), greatness appeared once again last night. Myself and a good friend visited the new Polpo in Smithfield to sample a bit of Venice. We kick-started in the downstairs Negroni Bar with a few cocktails and then [...]

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