Wine & beer

Dinner at Westminster Kingsway College with WineTrust 100

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Years ago, I remember when the Cape Town Hotel School restaurant first opened on the Granger Bay campus, literally a stone’s throw from the V&A Waterfront.  ”Hmph”, said my father, ever the pessimist, “why on earth would you pay good money to go and eat at a place where the chefs don’t know what they […]

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An Italian wine dinner at Hawksmoor, Guildhall

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If you had mentioned the name Hawksmoor to me five years ago, the only association I would have made was with London architect Nicholas Hawksmoor, protegé of Sir Christopher Wren and architect of at least six beautiful London Churches.  Anybody who has walked around Spitalfields market or traveled on the DLR from the City to […]

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WOSA Braaiday 2013 (and 2012) at High Timber

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 There are over 1,200  people calling themselves “social media evangelists” on LinkedIn.  I don’t pretend to be one of them – but I will happily admit to this:  I am a South African wine evangelist.  Or rather, I am an evangelist for all things South African!  I love my country, but I realise that some […]

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Herdade de Comporta, land of wine and rice – Costa Alentejana part 2

Thumbnail image for Herdade de Comporta, land of wine and rice – Costa Alentejana part 2 October 14, 2013

  I had expected to encounter piri-piri prawns and chicken in Portugal.  I was prepared for some bacalhau; for donkeys on the beach; for intricately patterned ceramic tiles; for full-bodied, hot-climate red wines; for wild lavender and olive trees.  But none of these were in evidence as I gazed out over a flat landscape divided […]

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Visiting the Vaucluse – a wine blending workshop at Lavau

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The story so far:  After a long drive from London, we had finally arrived in northern Provence, spending our first afternoon exploring the lovely Coustellet farmer’s market.  Our next stop was the hilltop village of Menerbes where we enjoyed a truffle-tastic lunch at the Maison de la Truffe et du Vin; followed by a visit to the Ochre Conservatory […]

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The Chablis Challenge 2013 – Chablis and sushi

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Have you ever noticed just how much of the relentless stream of annoying corporate-speak terms that we increasingly encounter is related to eating?  I suspect that the most often-borrowed business metaphors relate to sport (think game-changing, moving the goal posts, eye on the ball, level playing fields etc.) but I am almost certain that terms […]

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Chinese New Year, Hong Kong style with the School of Wok

Thumbnail image for Chinese New Year, Hong Kong style with the School of Wok February 8, 2013

I know my beloved T.S. Eliot said that April is the cruellest month, but sometimes I think he got his calendar mixed up.  To me, January and February are the cruellest months – that wasteland after the excitement and anticipation of Christmas have worn off; when all the bills from the Christmas excesses are clamouring […]

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