The Real Wine Fair is an artisan growers’ event featuring small wine growers who work organically and/or biodynamically and intervene as little as possible in the winery to make wines that taste true to themselves, true to their grape varieties, and true to the vineyard and region. This year it was held at Tobacco Dock, a listed Victorian brick-built warehouse space in Wapping East London.
Another fabulous event this year with the shining lights of UK Beer Writing competing for a range of awards. The event was hosted by the Carlton Jumeirah Hotel and menu was specially chosen to match with a range of sponsors beers.
Last September I had the pleasure of attending a friend’s wedding on the beautiful Indonesian island of Bali. Before that though I was hanging out in Seminyak and came across Storm Beer. I was very impressed with their Golden Ale and it went a treat with the Mee Goreng.
I shot this on my iPhone and the quality wasn’t too bad at all.
I wanted to get Part 2 & the final instalment to mark the year (plus a few months) anniversary of my very special trip to Pic St Loup in Coteaux de Languedoc.
After falling in love with the south of France on a trip to Roussillon a few years back this trip was another memorable adventure in gastronomy, culture and of course wine.
The passion & warmth of the people of this region will be with me for a long time and for that I thank them from the bottom of my heart.
Well this is my 1st attempt at turning a meal into a video restaurant review. I shot the whole thing on my iPhone so quality insn’t amazing, but I think it turned out ok.
The venue in question is Brawn in Shoreditch, sister to one of my favorite London restaurant/wine bars Terroirs. Brawn is more laid back in it’s decor and feel but the
food and wines are still top notch. We worked our way through 3 different natural wines. A fizz, white and red all from the Loire Valley.
We were treated to many delicious plates of food from Beet Salad to Duck Hearts to Cauliflower Risoni.
I travelled to Slovenia this year invited by winery Puklavec & Friends to sample the wine and food of this much underrated wine producing country. My first 24 hours were spent on the Istrian coast near the town of Portoroz. We stayed at the beautiful Kempinski Palace Hotel, sampled wines from Vina Koper, Tilia Estate and ate at Solni Svet. More to come…
Now twas some months ago that I trotted along to North London to see my pals at Camden Town Brewing for the launch of their new American style Hell(e)s Lager.
The Camden Town beers were flowing, the boys were taking the good folk on Brewery tours, Big Apple Hot Dogs were sizzling and staunching the hunger pains in real NYC style and there was a real party atmosphere about the place.
With it being Canada Day on July 1, I thought it only fitting that I shoot a little tasting with a couple craft beers from my native land.
I bought these beauties when I was home last summer and was very proud that they were both brewed in Victoria my place of birth on Vancouver Island.
I was extremely impressed with both Lighthouse Brewing’s Deckhand Belgian style Saison & Phillips Brewing Hoperation Tripel Cross Belgian IPA.
I went along to the Montcalm Hotel for the Harpers Champagne Summit a few months back to taste the fabulous fizz on offer. The biggest highlight was most definitely getting a near private session with Stanislas Roccofort, Moet’s International Brand Manager as he took me through a vertical tasting of vintage Moet’s in magnum including my birth year 1975. An afternoon of tasting I will not soon forget.
This episode I am back at my favorite local the Stormbird in Camberwell to taste the wonderfully fresh moreish “Half Bore” Session Ale from Hunter’s Brewery in Devon and the sensuous savoury citrusy “Inedit” Wheat Beer, which is the lovechild of the famed El Bulli chef Ferran Adria in collaboration with Spain’s mighty Estrella Damm Brewery. To chuck into the mix I brought along some Mr Trotters Pork Crackling which is another collaboration albeit not as headline grabbing of Rupert Ponsonby & Tom Parker Bowles. Very posh scratchings indeed.