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…
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.
Tasting a few lovely red wines from the Languedoc (Southern France) at the Stormbird Pub in Camberwell.
I travelled to the Hotel du Vin in Cambridge for a Masterclass with French/Croatian Winemaker Dimitri Brecevic. I am a huge fan of his Piquentum wines from Buzet in Istria. We then paired them with award wining cheese from the Gligora dairy on the island of Pag in Dalmatia.
The Thatchers Arms in Mount Bures in Essex held a Beer Vs Wine Charity dinner where Beer went head to head with Wine to see which matched best with the 5 course menu. Representing Beer was famed journalist Adrian Tierney-Jones whose charity was Help for Heros and Wine’s Ambassador was the prolific Tim Atkin MW whose charity was Amnesty International. It was a superb evening of food drink and much fun.
Tasting Sauvignon Blanc from Puklavec & Friends 2009 in Slovenia & Seven Springs 2010 from South Africa @ the Sun and Doves in Camberwell