Articles by: lloyd

The Flavour Smith

April 5, 2013 10:15 am / News

Last night I had my first experience of a pop-up restaurant courtesy of The Flavour Smith.  There were a staggering 43 guests on the first night with the remaining two nights also fully booked.  I knew we were in for something special when we arrived at the venue – The [...]

 

January 2013 Recommended High Street Wines for under £10

January 11, 2013 2:02 pm / News

Each month, instead of my wine of the month, I will be posting recommended wines from some of my favourite wine writers.  This month I am drawing on recommendations from The Wine Gang (WG), Jancis Robinson (JR) and Matthew Jukes (MJ).  For wines to be included they must receive at [...]

 

Christmas 2012 Wines from Sainsbury’s

December 21, 2012 5:01 pm / News

There is still time to buy wines for Christmas day!  But you are probably past the deadline for buying online so here is a selection of wines which should be available from your nearest Sainsbury’s.   Pre-Lunch If bubbly is your thing I have recently discovered Torretta Di Mondelli Prosecco [...]

 
Restaurant 5 North Street, Winchcombe

Restaurant 5 North Street, Winchcombe

September 1, 2012 8:42 am / News

This delightful little restaurant in the beautiful village of Winchcome in the Cotswolds is well worth a vist.  It is run by husband and wife team, Gus Ashenford and Kate.  Gus is the chef and Kate runs front of house.  The restaurant has the feel of being home from home [...]

 

Turkish Wines Revisited

August 17, 2012 12:53 pm / News

Our annual visit to our friends, Jane and Roger Griffiths, in Northern Cyprus once again introduced us to some new Turkish wines.  I continue to enjoy Sarafin Chardonnay and this always goes down well with cold mezze or fish starters.  This year I want to mention three new wines in [...]

 
Wine of the Month – July 2012: Jim Barry, The Florita Riesling, 2007, Clare Valley, Australia (The Wine Society £23.00)

Wine of the Month – July 2012: Jim Barry, The Florita Riesling, 2007, Clare Valley, Australia (The Wine Society £23.00)

July 8, 2012 11:49 am / Wine of the Month

Every so often I get blown away by a wine.  I was hoping this would happen to me this month with a new varietal to me, Godello from Northern Spain, as I tried Louro Godello, Valdeorras 2010, recommended by no less a wine luminary than Jancis Robinson.  However, this wine [...]

 
Wine of the Month – June 2012: The FMC (Forrester Meinert Chenin) 2010 (SA Wines Online £22.00)

Wine of the Month – June 2012: The FMC (Forrester Meinert Chenin) 2010 (SA Wines Online £22.00)

June 15, 2012 9:04 am / Wine of the Month

I promise that I will stop choosing South African whites as my wine of the month soon!  But, having just finished my last bottle of the 2009, I could not resist choosing this iconic South African Chenin Blanc for my June wine.  The 2010 vintage has been included in the [...]

 
Wine of the Month – May 2012: The Foundry Roussanne 2010 (The Wine Society £10.95)

Wine of the Month – May 2012: The Foundry Roussanne 2010 (The Wine Society £10.95)

May 11, 2012 8:10 am / Wine of the Month

This unusual wine from Stellenbosch, South Africa is the maiden vintage of this varietal from The Foundry.  Roussanne is most associated with white wines in the Rhone.  In the northern Rhone, blended with Marsanne, it is found in white Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph.  In the south, without Marsanne, it is [...]

 
Majestic Malbecs

Majestic Malbecs

April 13, 2012 3:41 pm / News

In honour of Malbec World Day on 17 April, Majestic are offering a range of Argentinian Malbecs some of which are available for tasting in store.  I have today visited my local Majestic store to taste four of their Malbecs.  One of these offers such value for money that it [...]

 
Wine of the Month – April 2012: Vinalba Malbec Reserva 2010 Mendoza (Majestic Wines £10.99 or £7.99 each for every 2 bottles purchased)

Wine of the Month – April 2012: Vinalba Malbec Reserva 2010 Mendoza (Majestic Wines £10.99 or £7.99 each for every 2 bottles purchased)

April 13, 2012 3:40 pm / Wine of the Month

17 April is Malbec World Day and, in honour of this event, I have selected this Malbec from a selection of four recently tasted at my local Majestic.  Although it wasn’t the highest scorer of the four, I have selected it for sheer value for money and I recommend purchasing [...]