Dinner at majordōmo, LA, with nice wines

Jet-lagged as hell, after arriving early evening in LA and then working in the winery until 9 pm, I arrived at Major Dōmo, the talked-about new-ish (summer 2018) opening from New York’s David Chang (Momofuku). Despite my jet-lag, this was a sensational meal. We shared everything, and every morsel I put in my mouth was […]

Some nice lounge wines: Zarate, Terre Nerre, Zuccardi Concreto et al

Airport lounge wines are normally disappointing. But here in Los Angeles in the American Airlines lounge at Terminal 4 I found some wines I actually really wanted to drink.

Zarate Albariño 2018 Rias Baixas, Spain
Benchmark Albariño with a slightly smoky edge to the sweet citrus and apricot fruit, with some generosity but also keen acidity keeping […]

In an urban winery in Los Angeles

The winery: lots of space!

I’m spending a couple of days in Los Angeles in an urban winery, where my buddy Christina Rasmussen is doing vintage with Abe Schoener of the Scholium Project. Abe recently acquired this amazing facility, which – all going well with permits – will become the base for the Scholium Project. […]

Lunch with Paillard, Solaia and Biondi-Santi

Had a nice lunch in the garden with Robin and Nikolai. I brought Champagne, and they stepped things up a notch with two famous Italians.

Champagne Bruno Paillard Assemblage 2009 France
50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir, 20% barrel fermented. Aged seven years on lees, then 18 months in bottle (disgorged September 2017) before release. Dosage 5 g/litre. […]

Four stunning Swiss wines

We don’t see a lot of Swiss wine in the UK. But I did get to try these wines at a Swiss-focused evening at the excellent Newcomer Wines a while back.

Domaine de la Ville Parcelle No 900 2017 Vaud, Switzerland
This is Chasselas from Corentin Houillon, nephew of Emmanuel Houillon, and it is made without any […]

London restaurants (6) an amazing dinner at Brat with a Loire focus

Had a brilliant dinner at Brat last night. It was my first time, and it was one of the meals of the year.

Our theme was Loire, and we brought our own wine (corkage £20 a bottle, which is very reasonable) as well as ordering one from the list. I spent quite a while with their […]

Grower Champagne focus: Marie Courtin Résonance Extra Brut

Champagne Marie-Courtin Résonance Extra Brut NV (2014) France
12% alcohol. Dominique Moreau runs the estate – her grandmother was Marie-Courtin. It’s 2 ha in the Aube, and all of the Champagnes are non-vintage, but she doesn’t use reserve wine. This wine is 2014. It’s from the village of Polisot in the south of the Aube, and […]

Place of Changing Winds, a remarkable Pinot from the Macedon Ranges

Place of Changing Winds Clos de la Connerie 2017 Macedon Ranges, Australia
This wine is made by Luke Lambert for Robert Walters (an importer – he’s the founder of Bibendum Wine in Australia) who has planted a remarkable vineyard at ultra-high density. He began planting in Bullengarook in 2012, and has added more vines over the […]

When is it acceptable to reject a wine in a restaurant? How to manage the 'taste'

There has been a lot of chat on twitter about a food blogger who had a bad experience in a restaurant in Manchester. He began by ordering a bottle of Tondonia Blanco (a stunning, but distinctive white Rioja that I and most of my right-thinking friends adore), and then rejecting it because it wasn’t to […]

Gezellig: a new London restaurant with a strong wine focus

Popped into new restaurant Gezellig yesterday. I’d heard a bit about it before, and it was pointed out to me by a few that this was an omission on my list of venues for London wine lovers.

So I’m happy to report that Gazellig doesn’t disappoint. The name is derived from the Dutch and relates to […]