Escape from Brexit madness + a wonderful London Pakistani restaurant

London: Parliament Square: Saturday 7th September 2019 Apparently this is the UK's Prime Minister Leaving the Brexit madness behind By the time you read this post I will be in the Loire for the 2019 vintage. The Ban des Vendanges for Muscadet was Thursday 5th September – relatively early but by no means as early …

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Haut Gléon improves thanks to a cooperative

I recently visited an estate in the Corbières whose wines I had previously found to be rather over-weight and under-elegant. Château Haut Gléon was then bought in 2012 by the cooperative structure Les Vignobles Fontcalieu, whose regional sources extend through much of the Languedoc region. The estate nestles in heavily woodied hills near the village …

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A long, lovely lunch Chez Olivia et Vincent…

Olivia and Vincent @ Vincent le Cuisinier Ingrandes de Touraine The idea was to organise a lunch around the wines of Jo Pithon that we haven't yet drunk, especially his first real vintage – 2005 – from the Clos des Treilles. Jo hasn't kept many examples of his old vintages. Ivan Massonnat hadn't tasted the …

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10 Cases – a delight in London’s Covent Garden

10 Cases 10 Cases is an excellent bistro and wine bar in Endell Street in London's Covent Garden and just a short walk from the Royal Opera House. It is called 10 Cases as they never order more than ten cases of any one wine before moving onto something else. Meaning that the list continues …

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Naturally RAW + a few Lisbon recommendations

RAW Wine London: March 10th -11th   From the website: 'Meet the growers & makers. Join us for a two-day celebration of some of the best wine talent in the world. Featuring over 150 growers, RAW WINE is one of the most exciting collections of fine, natural, organic and biodynamic wine artisans to come together …

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Marc Médevielle on Picpoul-de-Pinet

    The English version of Picpoul de Pinet – the white Mediterranean vineyards of the Languedoc – by Marc Medevielle was launched last Wednesday evening in a swanky private members club in London's Mayfair. I first met Marc back in 1990 when I attended the Saint-Bacchus wine competition down in the Roussillon for the first …

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Une petite moules frites Chez Léon…

Le monde entier connaît « Chez Léon », puisque cette vieille institution bruxelloise essaima un temps ses succursales franchisées jusqu’à Tokyo. Aujourd’hui, c’est du passé. Le resto friterie, sis au 18 rue des Bouchers à Bruxelles, s’est recentré sur ce qu’il sait faire de mieux, les frites et les moules. Les moules, c’est pas mon truc   …

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