I landed in Sardinia last night and was charmed by the dramatic seaside before we even landed. I know very little about this island other then it’s Italian and cannonau is the main variety cultivated here. I’m here visiting as part of the Sardinia Beyond the Sea initiative sponsored by Sardinian producers and the tourist […] The post Postcard from Sardinia appeared first on The Wine Sleuth.
On a cold, grey, rainy (read: typical) London January day, I made my way to the Boxcar Butcher & Grill in Marylebone for a few bottles of Australian sunshine. Owner and winemaker Michael Kerrigan was in town to show off his wines to the lucky ones of us gathered around the dining table. Michael started […] The post Hay Shed Hill, Margaret River appeared first on The Wine Sleuth.
I was in Montpellier recently to do a bit of judging for the 2018 Milliseme Bio trade fair. It’s always nice to escape to the South of France in the middle of winter and when it’s to do a bit of winetasting, all the more fun. While I was there, part of my visit was […] The post Domaine Henry, organic wines of St Georges d’Orques appeared first on The Wine Sleuth.
Over the summer I received the Avina champagne stopper in the post to review. I don’t really use stoppers much but on occasion they can be useful. Avina has developed a champagne stopper that claims it will keep the fizz in AND you can store open bottles sideways, which means you can lay them down […] The post The Avina Champagne Stopper appeared first on The Wine Sleuth.
Tozi in Pimlico have recently put a spotlight on biodynamic and natural Italian wines they feature on their wine list. Tozi is a Venetian -Italian restaurant that focus on small plates of Italian food or ‘cicchetti’, as it’s known in the Veneto region. The biodynamic and natural wine movement has always been quite popular in […] The post Spotlight on biodynamic wines at Tozi in Pimlico appeared first on The Wine Sleuth.
Just in time for summer, the Sushi Shop has launched a Summer Box of sushi delights either for delivery or to eat in shop. Sushi Shop specialize in home and office delivery and have a variety of boxes available as well as an interesting selection of sushi rolls and makis. Sushi Shop started in France […] The post Sushi Shop’s new Summer Box appeared first on The Wine Sleuth.
Piper Heidsieck have just launched their latest cuvée, the Essentiel Cuvée Reservée Extra Brut. Last week I and a small group of wine bloggers dined with Regis Camus, the chef de cave of Piper in Central London over various bottles and vintages of Piper Heidsieck. Regis was in town to promote their newest cuvée, the Essentiel Cuvée […] The post Launch of the Piper Heidsieck Essentiel Cuvée Reservée appeared first on The Wine Sleuth.
Nicholas Feuillatte Champagne has got something new for the summer, their new range of Graphic Ice and Graphic Ice Rosé champagnes. I can be a bit of a purist with champagne sometimes (I do like my Grower’s Champagnes) but on the other hand, why not have a bit of fun with it? Nicholas Feuillatte have […] The post Nicholas Feuillatte – Graphic Ice for Summer appeared first on The Wine Sleuth.
I like my wine, as you know, but sometimes, especially on super hot days like we’ve been having in the Capital, I fancy something ice cold with lots of ice! Yes, I’m talking about summer time cocktails and what’s more summery than rum? The Jam Tree are thinking along the same lines and to celebrate […] The post Rum Fest coming to SW London at The Jam Tree appeared first on The Wine Sleuth.
Chianti is probably the most well known Italian wine brand around. We all think we know it but do we really? Recently I attended a dinner for Castello di Radda hosted by Italian wine expert Walter Speller. The dinner was at Sartoria in Mayfair and featured the wines of Castello di Radda paired with a […] The post Castello di Radda, premium Chianti Classico appeared first on The Wine Sleuth.
Last night I attended the Santa Maria Latin American Kitchen dinner hosted by Food Blogger Rosana McPhee (Hot & Chilli) and The London Foodie, Luiz Hara in North London. The evening was a showcase of Santa Maria’s new range of sauces, rice, seasonings, tortillas, toppings and sides. Everything in the new range has been designed […] The post Dinner with Santa Maria’s new Latin American Kitchen range appeared first on The Wine Sleuth.
Acquiring fine wine is one stage in the process but if you don’t have optimum conditions in which to store them, there is always the risk that the wine may not mature as you wish. There are four crucial elements to consider regarding the storage of fine wine – humidity, temperature and air quality, the […] The post How To Store Fine Wine in Optimum Conditions appeared first on The Wine Sleuth.
One unusually bright and sunny Sunday in May, I went down to Sussex to visit Albourne Estate. Situated about an hour’s drive from London, the vineyards are in an idyllic setting amongst the green and rolling hills of southern England. The estate was founded and is run by winemaker and co-owner Alison Nightingale. Alison studied […] The post A visit to English Vineyard, Albourne Estate appeared first on The Wine Sleuth.
Vivat Bacchus, despite it’s Latinate name, is a wine bar and restaurant in Farringdon specialising in the wines of South Africa. Begun in the mid 2000’s by Gerrie Knoetze, there are two branches in London, the other being at London Bridge. Vivat Bacchus mainly serves food influenced by Cape cuisine but also has British and […] The post Charity lunch at Vivat Bacchus with Kaapzicht Wines and the Pebbles Project appeared first on The Wine Sleuth.
It looks like we may be getting summer this year. I certainly hope that last week wasn’t it for the Great British Summer! With that in mind, I’m sure people are looking around for Summer Party Venues. Over the past two weeks or so, I’ve been invited to a few places that would be ideal. […] The post London Outdoor Venues to get into the Summertime Vibe appeared first on The Wine Sleuth.
Recently I was invited to a masterclass of pasta making and wine tasting with the Wines of Abruzzo. Abruzzo is located on the eastern shoreline of Italy, east of Rome and south of Marche. The region may not be as well known as other regions of Italy but it has plenty to offer in both […] The post Taste of Abruzzo workshop with Chef Danilo Cortellini appeared first on The Wine Sleuth.
Late night cocktail bar, Ray’s Bar in Dalston recently launched their new summer menu and to coincide with that, they are offering 50% off their new cocktails this week only. “From long and short concoctions, to sweet and savoury flavours, many of the cocktails comprise unusual spirits from around the globe, including the likes of […] The post Ray’s Bar offering 50% off on it’s new cocktails this week only appeared first on The Wine Sleuth.
I attended a Bologna Hills food and wine tasting evening the other day at well known Italian restaurant Burro E Salvia in East London recently. The Consorzio Vini Colli Bolognesi was in town to show off the delicious pastas, meats and wines of the region. Situated in the hills surrounding Bologna, it is the capital […] The post An evening of food and wine with the Consorzio Vini Colli Bolognesi appeared first on The Wine Sleuth.
I recently attended a dinner hosted by Franciacorta producer Bellavista. We met at Italian restaurant Margot in Covent Garden for what promised to be an enlightening wine and food matching occasion. Franciacorta is often said to be Italy’s answer to Champagne and, while it is made using the same method and uses chardonnay as it’s […] The post Bellavista Franciacorta, Italian sparkling with dinner appeared first on The Wine Sleuth.
The Winesleuth has left the late night vibes of Soho for up and coming Bermondsey. You can now find me at the brand spanking new wine shop/wine bar, Lechevalier on Tower Bridge Rd. A small, intimate venue with an eclectic wine list, I’m being reintroduced to the world of wine. Lechevalier specialise in biodynamic, organic […] The post Foradori Sgarzon 2014 – An Amphora Wine appeared first on The Wine Sleuth.