EM wine on tasting


Well, in standard response to the coming storm this weekend I have decided that instead of the long moonlit country walks I was planning that staying in and sampling a few new things to hit the shelves is a far better idea. And it’s Italian Month, still! This is exciting to me. Italy is more or less where my love of wine comes from (via a Roman villa excavation, a gang of lustful Carabinieri and an unlocked cellar door).

That being the case I was delighted to host the Barolo evening on Wednesday and even more delighted with how much the wines impressed me again – despite having tasted them all before. In fact, Brezza have so impressed me I am off to their gaff in January.

But that brings me back to the here and now. Lots of events upcoming – Oddly Beer Tasting this evening with the redoubtable Brian the Brewer – try something new, unusual and about as local as you can get – apparently if he shouted loudly from his island brewery on the Thames we could answer from the shop. Anyway, come along, chat, talk and drink - £12 covers all his beers.


Friday 10th November – Winter Tasting – I may have mentioned this one before, but our spectacular more-wine-than-you-could-shake-a-forest-at tasting is back round again – come and enjoy!


Wednesday 15th November – Five Year Signature – Should be a wicked night. All the best items of the last five years, shoehorned into one incredible evening. Five courses, shedloads of wine….need I say more?


Wednesday 13th of December  - Christmas Popup - a new entry to the list! Come and join us for the last of Max’s delicious dinners this year. A festive-themed Popup with four blazing courses, fine wines and fine cheer. As usual, we'll pair six wines to the four-course fixed menu, with an eye to some of the amazing wines we will have in for Christmas!


Can’t wait for any of those? Hot damn – you must need a glass of wine:


NV Sorelle Bronca Particella 68 Prosecco


Big, bold and magnificent, unafraid to scream at the skies that full flavours are magnificent – especially when it’s perfumed and as clean on the palette as this. Rich and creamy, this throws the competition into a biscuit tin!

2016 Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Tenuta Ulisse


Often hailed as the wine with no nose, Ulisse have proved them wrong, because I get clean apple on the nose, and a lovely soft citrus-stone-fruit body. Gluggily good.


2014 Chianti Classico, Ormanni


Lets face it, Chianti is one of the most recognisable wine identities in the world – and this one plays safe to form. Red cherries and black plums, with a meaty richness and a touch of spice. Classic.

2016 Langhe Freisa, Brezza


Usually made into a sparkling wine., Brezza (as usual) choose to step outside the standard practice and make something new. Shedloads of strawberries, cherries and cloves. Complex and delicious – and also, different.


And if that doesn’t cheer you up – watch this instead. Best use of a rubber duck for years.