Monday night’s Moules Marinière

I have fond memories of my Erasmus year studying in Le Mans, France many many years ago. And part of my education whilst there was falling in love with French cuisine; pavé du bœuf, charlotte framboise, coquille saint Jacques, foie gras…the list is endless. One of the cheaper student favourites was moules-frites in one of … Continue reading

In discovery of the real Martini with some of the UK’s top bartenders

When Alessandro Martini and Luigi Rossi launch Martini in 1863 who would have known what a global icon the brand would go on to be. With bartenders the world over mixing Martini cocktails daily how many of them really know the origins of the brand and the expertise behind the products? The answer. Eight of … Continue reading

My weekend of good wine with friends

There is nothing better than huddling round a roaring fire with a glass of wine in hand and the company of good friends and that is exactly what I did this past weekend. In reality, the context was a little less idyllic then it perhaps sounds as the roaring fire is the only source of … Continue reading

A day at the Abbey drinking wine!

What is it with wine and religion that makes for such an interesting partnership? With Jesus turning water into wine and monks worldwide carving a role for themselves in the wine industry it seems the two have never been closer and who am I to complain when a trip to the abbey, the Novacella Abbey … Continue reading