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Q&A: Robert Maynard and James Thomson, Wild Flor

Published:  21 May, 2019

New Hove eatery Wild Flor combines quality comfort dining with a distinct wine focus. Andrew Catchpole reports


Five minutes with: Seb Heeley

Published:  17 May, 2019

Seb Heeley, co-founder and master distiller, Manchester Gin


Q&A: Chris Foss, Plumpton Wine Division

Published:  14 May, 2019

Chris Foss, founder and curriculum manager at Plumpton College Wine Division


Guy Woodward: On good breeding in wine

Published:  07 May, 2019

From the moment visitors touch down at Lexington’s Blue Grass airport, they are confronted with stylised images of two of Kentucky’s most prominent industries. The local tourist board seems keener, funnily enough, to promote the state’s whiskies and horses than its other famous export. Compliant stooge that I am, I took in both pursuits over the course of a whistle-stop tour last month.


Tim Atkin MW: The dangers of karaoke journalism

Published:  02 May, 2019

The two emails arrived on the same morning. The first was from Mark A, offering me an “exclusive invite” to join and “connect with some of the biggest brands”; the second was a release about the launch of a Standardised Wine Rating System called iS Winescale. In their different ways, they both cut to the core of what it means to be a wine writer today. Are we still relevant? And if so, how and to whom?


Q&A: Sara Rossi, head sommelier, Trinity

Published:  01 May, 2019

Sara Rossi’s career so far spans Fera at Claridges, Gordon Ramsay’s Royal Hospital Road and the Dorchester Collection, where she was mentored by Vanessa Cinti. She talks Andrew Catchpole through her vision at a Clapham neighbourhood favourite


Q&A: Xavier Gramona, co-president, Corpinnat

Published:  29 April, 2019

Joint-president of the new breakaway group Corpinnat, Xavier Gramona, is fighting to rid Spanish sparkling wine of the 'bargain-basement' image. James Lawrence analyses his prospects


Joe Fattorini: The pratfall effect

Published:  25 April, 2019

Head of London sales at Fields, Morris & Verdin


Q&A: Alvaro Palacios

Published:  23 April, 2019

Álvaro Palacios has done more than most to show the world what Spanish terroir has to offer. Andrew Catchpole speaks to the winemaker Alvaro Palacios, Descendientes De J Palacios and Bodegas Palacios Remondo about what drives his passion


Jerry Lockspieser: Is it time to change the rules about wine?

Published:  18 April, 2019

Many years ago after visiting Vignoble de La Jasse, one of our excellent organic suppliers in the Rhone Valley, the owner Daniel Combe and I went for a coffee in his favourite roadside café. As we sat sipping our drinks, first one then a second large wine transporter went roaring past.


Guy Woodward: I'm not trying to do sommeliers out of a job, but...

Published:  16 April, 2019


Hallgarten’s Andrew Bewes and Steve Daniel on selling style

Published:  12 April, 2019

Premium sales, progressive lists, and off-piste portfolio additions are Hallgarten’s calling cards, as Andrew Catchpole discovers


Tim Atkin MW: What Rowan Gormley could learn from Tony Laithwaite

Published:  09 April, 2019

Wine critic, broadcaster, co-chair of the IWC


Interview: Danny Lucchesi, Delicato Family

Published:  25 March, 2019

Viticulturalist Danny Lucchesi talks to Chris Wilson about special old vines, Zin and Gnarley Head


Joe Fattorini: On wine, lemons and cow shit

Published:  18 March, 2019

Head of London sales at Fields, Morris & Verdin


Jerry Lockspeiser: What’s the cost of a decent bottle of wine?

Published:  17 March, 2019

The You and Yours programme on BBC Radio 4 recently ran a piece in which a £7.50 Chinese wine in Sainsbury’s was described by the interviewer as “cheap and cheerful”. A flurry of listeners comments followed, aghast that £7.50 should be thought cheap. Many were paying £4-5, unable to afford more, and generally happy with what they were buying. One listener said his wine buff family members couldn’t tell the difference between his £4-5 wines and more expensive ones anyway.


Q&A: Matteo Montone, Berners Tavern

Published:  11 March, 2019

Next month Jason Atherton’s Berners Tavern at The London Edition is launching a series entitled An Introduction to Wine, hosted by director of wine Matteo Montone. On Monday nights 12 guests will be guided through the basics of wine in the restaurant’s private dining room, with each guest receiving 15% off their bill if they dine in the restaurant afterwards.


Q&A: Shervene Shahbazkhani, Bacardi Brown Forman, on the benefits of a gender-balanced trade

Published:  08 March, 2019

People all around the world are marking International Women’s Day today with celebrations and protests, looking back at the changes that have been made, but also pushing for further gender parity at home and in the workplace.


Q&A: Xenia Irwin MW, Waitrose Cellar

Published:  07 March, 2019

Xenia Irwin MW, wine buyer at Waitrose Cellar is in revelatory mood as she shares her passion for her job – and some childhood memories. 


Guy Woodward: Champagne’s snobbery is in danger of bubbling over

Published:  04 March, 2019