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Hawksmoor three years on

On Monday night we returned, with our excellent friend Ricard, to Hawksmoor Spitalfields in London for the first time in three years. There was a time where nearly 10% of this blog consisted of articles about Hawksmoor or the wines we drank there. Our visit conclusively proved it was worth such heavy coverage – going […]

Ricard with Cuvee 735

Pleasures of the flesh with Ricard and Dani

The charming Ricard Sariola joined Dani and I to celebrate St George’s day with a wing rib of beef. Roast beef is about as English as things get and so am I! We also tasted Riesling, Burgundy and a selection of heroic Mourvedres. Truly we are serious chaps to undertake such an engagement for Monday […]

Vinos Ambiz Garnacha 2010 with Scotch eggs

A natural wine

Some may recall, on my post about natural wine, a brief discussion with Fabio of Vinos Ambiz in which he agreed to send me a bottle of his wine as long as I was brutally honest about it. This post is the culmination of that bargain. I agreed to be honest, Fabio, and I most […]

Pinot Noir 'Rachel' 2008, Seresin is merely drinkable yet over-priced

The staggeringly lacklustre and pitifully acceptable

Sometimes you fancy something different, happens to us all, and so you shop outside your normal parameters. Of course, this is a path fraught with danger and the peril of heinous suffering. We all do it anyway. The Albarino was the only white wine, beyond Sherry, I have found I could reliably manage to tolerate […]

Not much fun drinking at this over-priced place

At the very disappointing Restaurant Etxebarri we didn’t drink too well. Albarino 2005, Pazo de Senorans Very fruity, light bodied and refreshing. It was a passable drink but no great excitement here. Rioja Roda I Reserva 2002, Bodegas Roda Piss boring.

Two Spanish wines, one good, one evil filth

At Restaurant Alameda we had an Albarino worthy of mention and a bottle of a typically styled, big, modern wine; a ‘dull wine’ as I like to call them. Albarino Seleccion de Anada 2001, Pazo de Senorans This has been aged in large inert tanks for several years, which supposedly allows the wine to last […]

Good food, terrible wine

We are off to the Basque country on Saturday so there will not be any entries here whilst we are away. We have some , but drinking might not be as good as the food. The local white wine, Txakolí, is pretty basic and the nearest ‘serious’ wine region is Rioja. I can count the […]