A new style of wine list

The UK restaurant scene has never been more rich and diverse, not just regarding the types of food on offer, but also with the choice of wines. This is partly thanks to the diligence of the restaurants themselves of course, but there is another group that deserves our recognition: the small independent wine importers that ship the wines to our shores in the first place. These intrepid wine…

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Do you want wine with that?

I still remember the first time I was offered a glass of wine at the hairdresser’s. I thought this was a great idea until, on picking it up for a second sip, I spotted a few hairs of various colours that had floated into my glass on hairdryer crosswinds. Wine may not be suited to every environment, but it’s increasingly common to find it sharing a space with other types of product or activity:…

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A Rhône diary – week 1

Sunday 25th October November is a lovely time to visit the Rhône. It’s still sunny but the air has been drained of heat. After some typically eventful French driving fun from Marseille Airport, I arrived in Châteauneuf-du-Pape in search of dinner. It’s a small town, and quiet this time of year. There was only one restaurant open, so I installed myself and decided on the duck breast, which I…

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