Vagabond, Drakes Tabanco and the Draft House, a great night out

London is an interesting place for food and drink these days. Last night I went out with buddy Daniel Primack of Around Wine to have some fun in Charlotte Street, taking in three establishments that represent the best of London’s new gastro/booze scene.

We started of at Vagabond (pictured above), which I reckon represents the future [...]

A brilliant, affordable Austrian red

Here’s a really nice Austrian red at a great price. Just the sort of wine I love to drink. It has personality and freshness.

Pittnauer ‘Pitti’ 2011 Burgenland, Austria
A blend of Zweigelt and Blaufrankisch, 13.5% alcohol. Lovely ripe, vivid blackberry and blackcurrant fruit with some floral, spicy, meaty interest. It’s a lovely fresh, robust red wine with pure [...]

Kirnbauer Blaufrankisch Classic 2009 - I really like Austrian reds

Now when the Austrians can prevent themselves from adding too much oak or going for too much extraction and ripeness, they make some lovely red wines. This is a Blaufrankisch, a grape variety that performs really well in the Burgenland region. Delicious stuff.

Kirnbauer Blaufrankisch Classic 2009 Mittburgenland, Austria
13% alcohol. Fresh with lovely raspberry and blackberry [...]