September 2014

  1. Bordeaux Games - part two

    Left Bank or Right Bank? Bordeaux, continued... The next day – as the others went off for a good walk, and after I had lunched alone at the 16-seat dining table, enjoying iced Lillet Rosé and a ham baguette rustled up by Nathan Outlaw’s former sous chef – Anna took me to meet local Castillon wine hero, Thierry Valette. Thierry is an early pioneer of biodynamism. Its principles may still be practised rarely in Bordeaux, but they are finally being taken more seriously thanks to the unalloyed success of Pontet-Canet in Pauillac. Continue reading

  2. 3 Great Ways to Learn More About Wine

    There’s nothing like the first sip of £3.50 off-license Rosé to make you resolve to learn more about wine. But anyone doing even the most casual of wine-related Google will quickly realise that: i. There’s a lot of information out there. ii. A lot of that information (and especially the language used) can be intimidating and impenetrable. Continue reading

  3. Bordeaux games - part one

    Tom Harrow reports from Bordeaux for FT How To Spend It Visitors who spend time in London soon complain like locals about the crowds, traffic, weather, tourists, Central Line, prices etc… But it only takes a few days outside the capital before they start missing ATMs, sun-dried tomatoes, the presence of elegant footwear and being able to get a cab after 1am. Bordeaux inspires the reverse effect. Continue reading

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