Viewing entries posted in October 2013

View full post titled - 'City Temptations By restaurant correspondent John Peirce'

City Temptations By restaurant correspondent John Peirce

My last review covered West Country Michelin starred restaurants and, following some blog comments requesting inclusion also of more ‘down-to earth’ and less ‘far-flung’ places, this time we look at somewhere a little different: City workers in London now have a new option for their lunchtime fare, with the opening of Temptations Café, at 5 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M 5PA, situated within easy reach of Old Street, Farringdon and the Barbican, the second Temptations Café site to be opened (the other is at Highbury Corner).

Posted by John Peirce on 28 October 2013

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View full post titled - '2013 Sauternes Vintage Surpasses'

2013 Sauternes Vintage Surpasses

Despite the gloomy outlook regarding the Bordeaux 2013 vintage, Sauternes growers are reporting to the contrary.

Posted by Helen Tate on 27 October 2013

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View full post titled - 'More Astonishingly High bids at Auction'

More Astonishingly High bids at Auction

Last Wednesday saw the success of another fine wine auction which took place at Sotheby’s in London.

Posted by Yong-Huei Wang on 25 October 2013

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View full post titled - 'How Good will Chinese Wine get?'

How Good will Chinese Wine get?

Key members of the elite French wine making industry are said to be feeling dubious regarding the future quality of wines that they are making in China.

Some big names in French wine making have famously invested in Chinese vineyards, however, the general consensus is that it’s going to be a while before anything decent starts emerging from this country.

Posted by Helen Tate on 21 October 2013

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View full post titled - 'Margaux Launches Mammoth Sized Bottle'

Margaux Launches Mammoth Sized Bottle

Margaux have released their biggest ever bottle, affixed with a whopping $195,000 Price Tag. This is the first time that Margaux have bottled in Balthazar format (equivalent to 16 bottles), bottles can be purchased at Dubai international airport’s terminal 3. It is reportedly the most expensive single bottle of wine ever to be sold in a retail store!

Posted by Helen Tate on 21 October 2013

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View full post titled - 'Cabernet Looking Good in the Medoc'

Cabernet Looking Good in the Medoc

Chateaux’s in the Medoc are reportedly satisfied with the outcome of their Cabernet harvest, which is finishing earlier than expected this year.
Chateaux Montrose, Lafite Rothschild, Prieuré Lichine and Léoville Las Cases are the last to complete their Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot harvest, which all drew to a close on October 16th.

Posted by Helen Tate on 21 October 2013

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View full post titled - 'Champagne- Demystifying Disgorgement Dates on Huffington Post '

Champagne- Demystifying Disgorgement Dates on Huffington Post

Displaying disgorgement dates on Champagne bottle labels is something that is currently being debated in the wine industry. This information can provide vital clues as to how developed the Champagne will be. Whilst some producers are staunch advocates, others believe that this information should not be disclosed. Read Tom Gearings article on Huffington Post discussing this topic, and Alice Paillard of Champagne Bruno Paillard, recommendations regarding serving temperature and food matching.

Posted by Tom Gearing on 17 October 2013

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View full post titled - 'Champagne with Food'

Champagne with Food

Most of us have had a go at trying to match up wines with food, be it for having a few friends round for a simple meal, or for a more formal dinner party. But have you ever considered pairing Champagne with food?

Posted by Victoria South on 16 October 2013

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View full post titled - ' Haut-Brion the Highlight at Hong Kong Sotheby’s Sale'

Haut-Brion the Highlight at Hong Kong Sotheby’s Sale

This week’s auction highlight was a direct-from-the-cellar sale of wines from the owner of Château Haut-Brion at a Sotheby’s sale in Hong Kong.
Domaine Clarence Dillon, which also owns La Mission Haut-Brion and Saint-Émilion château Quintus, auctioned off wines from all of its properties, including 171 lots of Haut-Brion ranging from 1891 to 2010.

Posted by Tom Gearing on 15 October 2013

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