Let them eat cake

I cannot believe how debased the art of baking is in this country. Don’t get me wrong, there are a few decent bakeries in London, but if you go into even quite an up-market supermarket they will have a wide selection of breads with all kinds of flours, flavours and seeds all of which are … Continue reading Let them eat cake

A good heroic wine

[link2post id=”1698″]I’ve tried this wine before[/link2post], but there is no harm in giving a fuller note. I’ve just decanted this to have with lasagna tonight. Bandol Cuvée Spéciale la Migoua 2001, Domaine Tempier This has a fairly heroic nose of alcohol (it is 15%), but there is a lot of fragrant fruit there. It is … Continue reading A good heroic wine

This is very real

After my [link2post id=”1476″]rants about the all-round goodness of low-alcohol wines[/link2post] you may think I’d hate this beast of a beer. I think this is quite balanced, although not really a light, refreshing drink. It is a Trappist monk beer. No wonder they don’t talk, they must be too drunk. The large lumps of dead … Continue reading This is very real

It’s not real

This is not a real ale in a bottle, it is not bottle-conditioned. It is quite refreshing to drink whilst watching the cricket, though. Timothy Taylor’s Landlord Pale Ale, 4.1% A darkish golden colour. This has a really hoppy nose, it smells really quite lively. The palate is refreshingly bitter with good malty flavours. It … Continue reading It’s not real

Hot stuff

A recipe that is great for a light summer meal: Hot and sour beef salad. Don’t worry, there is not that much of [link2post id=”1531″]the dangerous lettuce[/link2post] in it. You will need per person. A thickish piece of fillet steak (roughly 200g) Four lettuce leaves One shallot finely chopped One red chili finely chopped Two … Continue reading Hot stuff

A bit nutty

Etienne de Montille took over wine making duties at the Château for the 2002 vintage. There was an immediate rise in quality. It is a bright and sunny day here in London and we are winning in the cricket. I couldn’t ask for a nicer drink. Meursault Premier Cru les Perrieres 2002, Château de Puligny-Montrachet … Continue reading A bit nutty

A touch of severity

Another Pierre Gimonnet wine, opened to be drank with roast chicken. It is also a Blanc de Blanc from Cuis. Brut Premier Cru Cuis ‘Gastronome’ 2000, Pierre Gimonnet et fils A bready, biscuit-y nose. It has some weight and a touch of mineral complexity. The palate also has a degree of weight, but the acidity … Continue reading A touch of severity

Two meaty ones

It is a compare and contrast session with two 1997 Mourvèdres. Bridgehead Mataro 1997, Ridge The nose is quite polished and round, but it seems that the fruit is beginning to leave this wine. It doesn’t smell particularly complex. The palate has a bit of fruit, but it is quite angular and drying out a … Continue reading Two meaty ones