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Award-winning sparkling English wines

One may be forgiven for not immediately thinking of Southeast England when it comes to award-winning sparkling wines. My recent tour of the Gusbourne Estate proved otherwise. Nestled in what can only be described as “the garden of England”, this vineyard delivers a formidable selection of wines to suit every palate. Its history dates back to medieval 1410 and the estate derives its name from the original landowner, John de Goosebourne, using the original Goosebourne family crest as its logo.

My day was spent touring the 150 acres in Appledore, Kent, on foot, led by the exceptional Patricia, a “super host” and one part of the small but incredibly knowledgeable team at “The Nest”, Gusbourne’s headquarters and where most of the action happens. Picture this, the sun is shining (I know it’s hard to believe this summer in England), the bees are buzzing, and you have a glass of perfectly chilled English sparking wine in hand – the view of the sea faintly in the distance (Appledore was once a port), looking over a vineyard. That is Gusbourne.

Founder of the estate, Andrew…

Special tipples for special dads

So many good moments are shared over drink that for Father’s Day this year, we thought we’d use our sources to find top-class original tipples that we believe would make a great present for any dad. Even more so if he decides to open them and invite you to a glass. CRISTAL BRUT VINTAGE 2015  […]

Surprise your dad with a gourmet experience in London

Choosing a present for our father can sometimes be tricky but you can’t get it wrong with a gourmet experience, whether it is just you and your dad or the whole family. Here are a few ideas that will surely please even the most sybarite fathers. LUNCH AT CHINESE CRICKET CLUB, HYATT REGENCY LONDON BLACKFRIARS […]

The right choice to lessen hangovers this summer

As summer rolls in – in Britain quite slowly – barbecues get ready, outdoor furniture dusted off and pubs open their gardens, our consumption of wine goes up a few notches to say the least, and with it, the feared hangovers. By choosing organic wines, not only you are putting less toxins into your body […]

Libators and imbibers go back to the roaring twenties

Scotland’s Oldest working distillery, The Glenturret, is entering a new chapter in its 261 years of history by welcoming a new member to the family, The Aberturret Gin. The gin is named after Aberturret House, formerly the Dower House of the Murray Clan, founder of The Glenturret. This unique London Dry Gin contains carefully selected […]

Mad cooking in the heart of the Black Forest

Chef de cuisine Viktoria “Viki” Fuchs is the sixth generation to run the Romantik Hotel and Spielweg restaurant in Germany’s upper Münstertal. But she’s doing it her way – with sister, Kristin; husband, Johannes, and a fresh, Asian twist. “Wild boar dim sum,” says Viki of the meal guests request most – her signature dish. […]

Yoxman returns in 2024

It’s that time of year again for the epicurean treat of Yoxman. Those of you who don’t know what Yoxman is about, read on. Following previous sell out events over the past two years, Yoxman, a one-of-a-kind event promises to deliver a gastronomic four-day treat. Essentially, it’s a long weekend with top chefs delivering Michelin-star […]

The best of the Med in the heart of Mayfair

Over the millennia, Gaia, the primordial Greek goddess of all life, mother of the Titans and grandmother of the Olympian gods, has inspirited all sorts of artists, from poets to painters and even the odd philosopher. In this case, she moved Russian hospitality entrepreneur, Evgeny Kuzin and British-Nigerian, Chef Izu Ani – the driving forces […]

Wines to enjoy and impress this Christmas

A lot of emphasis is put in the food we eat in the festive season. We spend entire evenings looking at cooking books, ordering exotic ingredients in advance and negotiating the murderous environment of supermarkets in the days before Christmas to secure the best and freshest foods for our beloved and guests (not necessarily the […]

French exuberance in the heart of The City

Success goes with caviar as strawberries go with cream, Caribbean sun with piña coladas, and gin with tonic. Caviar House & Prunier, the only caviar retailer in the world that produces its own caviar, have just opened a fully-fledged restaurant in the heart of the City of London. Located within the 5-star Threadneedles Hotel (part […]

The French classic Londoners can’t resist

Although a lot has changed in Soho since L’Escargot opened its doors back in 1927, what has remained constant during almost a century is the high quality of the food, the charm of the staff, and the fascination Londoners have felt for it, decade after decade, for nearly a century. The history of the restaurant […]

Courvoisier Mizunara 2023, uniquely crafted

The beautifully orchestrated evolution of Courvoisier continues with the release of Courvoisier Mizunara 2023, a blend so exceptionally crafted that only 500 bottles are available. With this second edition, Maison Courvoisier – founded by Félix Courvoisier in 1828, in Jarnac, France – continues its history of presenting unique blends with a cognac that combines French […]