One wine, in one place, for one year only. It’s hard enough making wine in the same place each year, so as winemaking philosophies go it doesn’t get much more ambitious. But since graduating three years ago with degrees in winemaking Nick Jones and Leah de Felice Renton have stuck to it. As […]
Here are the top five wines from a tasting of 14 at the last Mr Vine panel tasting. This is the first time we’ve had the two top spots bagged by the same producer – Domaine Lafond Roc-Epine from the Southern Rhône appellation of Lirac. These were entered by Nickolls & Perks, an excellent […]
250g small mushrooms wiped clean
4 free range eggs
500ml double cream
30g freshly grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
French baguette, toasted to serve
A drizzle of truffle oil, optional
Preheat the oven to 180c/160c […]
The second Mr Vine Panel Tasting was another eclectic mix of wines from a variety of different independent wine merchants. The panel and I ploughed our way through 14 different bottles, and these are the five we thought most worthy of your attention. The Oxford Wine Company performed particularly strongly, bagging three of […]
Six million copies. Six meeeeeeeellion copies. That’s the print run of the Lidl Wine Cellar magazine. In the UK at least, this must be one of biggest print runs (the biggest print run?) of any magazine. Lidl asked me to help them write it – our first collaboration is available in store today; it’s inserted […]
Over the past four weeks I’ve been helping to judge the 2015 London Steak Awards. The competition, sponsored by Graffigna, involved the meat-loving public voting for their favourite London steak restaurant on Facebook and Twitter and a panel of judges visiting the top four to confirm just who it is that serves the best steak […]
Yesterday saw the launch of a new wine app: it’s called Mr Vine.
Mr Vine is an app that helps you discover the kinds of wine you like from a marketplace consisting of over 1,000 wines across a dozen different independent UK wine merchants. You can search using all the classic criteria such as colour […]
In the UK we can be a bit prejudiced against flavoured wines and spirits. It’s not hard to see why if you look at the current proliferation of ‘aromatised wine-based drinks‘ that are appearing on supermarket shelves. Most trumpet their ‘natural fruit flavours’, but rather than […]
100g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
100g dark chocolate
2 eggs, plus 2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla essence
125g caster sugar
100g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
4 tsp dulce de leche or salted caramel
cocoa powder or […]
When visiting an art gallery, I prefer to wander alone rather than in company. To be left to think, for as long as it takes, in front of any image that draws me in. Talking about the visit is best left to the cafe at the end over coffee […]
Shortlisted for Harpers Wine & Spirit French Wine Awards Best French Wine Writer/Critic 2014
Shortlisted for International Wine & Spirit Competition Blogger of the Year 2014
Shortlisted for International Wine & Spirit Competition Blogger of the Year 2013
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Winner of The Drinks Business Awards Communicator of the Year 2013
Winner of Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink Awards Newcomer of the Year 2013
Shortlisted for International Wine & Spirit Competition Blogger of the Year 2012
Matt Walls first got into wine working in an off-licence in Brighton. He has since worked for Bollinger Champagne and helped manage and buy wines for The Sampler, one of London's best wine shops. He now spends half his time writing about wine and the other half collaborating on various wine-related projects. His first book, Drink Me!, was recently published by Quadrille and has sold over 10,000 copies.
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A blend of Grenache and Syrah from Côtes de Provence, France. Subtle red berries and a wonderfully smooth, silky texture. It's getting increasingly difficult to find good value Provence rosé, but at £11.99 from The Vineking, this one's a no-brainer.
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