Lisa McGuigan wines at the Gaucho Grill


They say you should never judge a book by its cover – or a bottle of wine by its label.  Too often I have been seduced by the siren call of a gorgeous and well-designed label on a supermarket shelf, only to find that the contents of the bottle in no way live up to the label’s aesthetic promise. In fact, I have been heard to say that the prettier the label, the greater the chances that the wine will be a disappointment, on the basis that the entire budget was spent on a designer, rather than a winemaker! But a woman who does not share my jaundiced views is winemaker Lisa McGuigan, who said when I recently met her: “If I’m going to take a bottle of wine to a friend’s house for dinner, I want it to look as good as it tastes” – and this is the guiding philosophy behind her novel approach to both winemaking and wine labels. Click here for a full portion

Review: Tredwell’s from Marcus Wareing


Click on Marcus Wareing’s entry in Wikipedia and it reads like London restaurant-themed miniseries.  There are restaurant openings, restaurant closures, legal battles, celebrity chef appearances, television appearances,  long-standing feuds (with Gordon Ramsay, no less) and a flurry of Michelin stars.  In fact, move over The 100 Foot Journey – this is a racy foodie movie waiting to happen. You’d […]

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