Category: Miscellaneous

On the table: The Barbary

Continuing our search for London’s best eateries, this month we sent Jasper Drew to The Barbary in Neal’s Yard, the new sibling to Soho favourite, The Palomar. Despite being educated to degree level in geography, I couldn’t quite place the location of the Barbary Coast. Perhaps the Regal Rogue Lively White Vermouth was working its […]

In pursuit of purity

With a continuing eye on Riesling this month, we caught up with the doyen of Austrian wine, Willi Bründlmayer to talk favourite grapes and wine fads. Sophie Thorpe reports At the turn of the millennium, Decanter magazine named Willi Bründlmayer as one of the 50 people most likely to change the face of the world […]

Shop talk: bulldozers and Brunello

Will Lyons talks wine with Alexander McCall Smith – author of the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, an old friend and a new client, considering the bond that is formed over bottles. It was a particularly frustrating experience with a car rental at Rome airport that finally persuaded Alexander McCall Smith to pen his latest […]

Wine by numbers

May saw the launch of Wine Lister, a new wine rating system that looks to revolutionise the way we score wine. Sophie Thorpe caught up with co-founder and CEO, Ella Lister, to find out more. For fine wine, numbers matter. Since Parker’s rise to power in the ’80s, coinciding with the development of an increasingly […]