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Sampling Vinho Verde in Mesa Restaurante, Porto

Sampling Vinho Verde in Mesa Restaurante, Porto

A touch tricky to match a dessert dish to a Vinho Verde wine. Next best, seeing as they don’t ‘do’ sweet wines would be a sparkler,Read More

Grands Crus Classés: The Great Wines of Bordeaux with Recipes From Top Chefs of the World

Grands Crus Classés: The Great Wines of Bordeaux with Recipes From Top Chefs of the World

The first entry is Château Lafite-Rothschild crowned with a stunning photo of the famous building reflected in a lake. The next two pages are covered byRead More

On French Wine and Food

On French Wine and Food

How quickly our glorious Autumn has slid into Winter. Early this year are the snows, the ice, the school closures and the postmen ditching their shortsRead More

Discover the Origin

Discover the Origin

To me rather an odd combination of partners but the Discover the Origin promotion unites the wines of Burgundy and the Douro Valley, Parma ham andRead More

Chapters All Day Dining

Chapters All Day Dining

I’ll put it down to old age. Not the old age where you forget where you live. Nor the old age where you forget you broughtRead More

Mas d’Intras Cuvée d’Alphonse 2007 Vin de Pays des Coteaux de l’Ardèche

Mas d’Intras Cuvée d’Alphonse 2007 Vin de Pays des Coteaux de l’Ardèche

To be honest a dish comprising goats cheese and baked apple would lead one to select a white wine – a South African Chenin Blanc, aRead More

Diemersfontein Pinotage 2009

Diemersfontein Pinotage 2009

Now liver is one of those dividing dishes – you either love it or can’t abide the stuff. Me? I’m firmly in the lover category. OneRead More

Wine For Curry 2 : Lamb Chaaps and Spanish Rose

Wine For Curry 2 : Lamb Chaaps and Spanish Rose

A further play with matching an Indian dish with wine. These are lamb chaaps, lamb marinaded in various spices and yoghurt and then barbecued or inRead More

A Wine For Curry 1 : Murgh Masala and Viognier

A Wine For Curry 1 : Murgh Masala and Viognier

I’ve never understood the ‘lads night out’ curry thing. The hottest, mouth-numbing, curry they can stomach and copious jugs of lager. I want to taste myRead More

Portuguese Big Tasting Wines: With Beef Stew and with Pork Ribs

Portuguese Big Tasting Wines: With Beef Stew and with Pork Ribs

It’s an ambitious series of linked events; live public tasting at Lord’s Cricket Ground, others at Waitrose Canary Wharf and the food hall at John LewisRead More

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I have to say I do love this bar. The plush, slightly eclectic décor had me as I walked through the door, while the cocktails wereRead More

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Charles Metcalfe’s Top Tips On Wines For Summer Pairings

Charles Metcalfe was at the Foodies Festival in Bristol this summer. He hosted food and wine pairing sessions in the marquees set up on site. WeRead More

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