Intervention at altitude

In the midst of RAW – the natural wine fair – Sophie Thorpe caught up with Wendy Paillé, Le Soula’s new winemaker, talking about what it means to be “natural” and what’s next on the property’s agenda. “You can’t make wine naturally,” Wendy Paillé says frankly. A controversial statement, some might say, when you’re exhibiting […]

On the table: Verden

This month we head east, putting Verden – a wine bar and restaurant in Clapton, E5 – under the microscope. After due inspection, Sophie Thorpe finds a local hotspot that doesn’t disappoint. For a south London resident, Clapton isn’t the most convenient dinner destination. While a 10-mile cycle home might offer the chance to work […]

Pause for thought

After three days, countless seminars and much wine tasting, Sophie Thorpe is back in the office and recovering from the whirlwind of Olympia. Here she ponders a handful of the ideas in discussion at the London Wine Fair 2016. Are the Old and New Worlds over? Caroline Gilbey MW suggested in her Romanian masterclass that […]

After the state of the union

Day two at the London Wine Fair 2016 saw an opportunity to get slurping and spitting. Sophie Thorpe was only too happy to oblige: here she reports on how Pinot Noir is faring beyond Burgundy. The industry briefings of day one felt like an assessment of the UK trade here and now, with a glance […]