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 […]
This is a really handy recipe to have up your sleeve. It’s not expensive, it’s easy to make and freezes really well. It’s also extremely wine-friendly.
1kg beef silverside
4 tbsp olive oil
150g smoked bacon, diced
2 onions, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
If you like Sauvignon Blanc, you’ll love Marlborough in New Zealand. Of its 22,903 hectares of vineyards, 19,639 of them are planted with it. Undoubtedly this feels like an awful lot of eggs in one basket for local winemakers, so no wonder some are experimenting to see what else Marlborough can do. Could […]
After sketching out portraits of over 30 different French wine regions for my Living France magazine column, we’ve decided to change the format to something new. Now I’ll be matching three different wines to a specific dish instead, with classic recipes provided by food writer Louise Pickford. […]
“Sorry I’m late sir. Ignore the bandage, I had an unexpected visit to the hospital to get my ear seen to. Anyway – I understand you’d like me to paint your sunflowers… So, oil paint or watercolours? And how would you like them arranged – a bunch or just the one? […]
Chinon straddles the Vienne, a small tributary to the south of the Loire between Saumur and Tours. It’s pretty in parts; rolling wooded hills, sunflowers, birdsong. The unassuming landscape doesn’t declare its potential like the more dramatic wine regions of France. However to notice a bottle of Chinon in a friend’s wine rack is to […]
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
Off Licence News Top 25 Policy and Opinion Formers 2013
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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- Ermita del Conde Albillo 2011, Spain Lemon pith aromas, quietly rich and nutty. Medium-bodied, refreshing and saline. More engaging with every sip. Proper wine, stupidly cheap for what it is. £11.50 from The Wine Society.
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