15 August, 2012 Milo MacInnes

Amazing Match - Verdelho & Duck
Having opened the food & wine matching workshop with the team of Roux at Parliament Square on such a successful pairing (see part one!), maintaining that for a second dish was a challenge. Here we had smoked and cured Gressingham duck with preserved cherries and hawthorn blossom.  The words don’t quite do it justice, it was incredible! So, duck.  Duck is classically paired to Pinot Noir wines as it’s a red that’s more elegant rather than powerful and has good freshness to contrast the fattiness of the meat. With that…

13 August, 2012 Milo MacInnes

Jascots Wine Merchants has further enhanced its industry leading training offer for its on-trade and hospitality clients by adding WSET (Wines and Spirits Education Trust) foundation and intermediate programs to its portfolio of specialist wine and hospitality courses. Jascots’ Training Manager and Head Sommelier Raul Diaz has been developing and running bespoke courses for Jascots’ hospitality customers since his appointment in September. The courses help managers to get the most out of their wine list, increasing sales, developing and retaining key staff and enhancing the guest experience. Raul said ‘We are delighted to be working with WSET, the courses provide…

2 August, 2012 Milo MacInnes

This was such a treat for us!  We were perched in Roux at Parliament Square (needless to say it’s an amazing venue) with a team of seriously top class chefs with their bang on-trend, wow-packed creations alongside a range of truly delicious wines.  So, we were fully primed to welcome the first dish of the Restaurant Associates workshop in our experience-led demonstrations of how to improve the guest experience by complimenting great food with the right wine. On came the starter (pictured) and looking at its components, the goat’s cheese and beetroot would normally point towards Sauvignon Blanc however we…

25 July, 2012 Will Nall

Tucked away in a quiet corner of Chiswick is the lovely restaurant, Pissarro.  Run by James and his fabulous team, huge congratulations are in order as they have just scooped the award for ‘Best Thames Local restaurant by The River Thames Guide 2012’.                 With a stunning conservatory, it is the perfect place to go for lunch or dinner throughout the year.  Pissarro is always busy with a very strong local influence which creates a relaxed and very enjoyable atmosphere enhanced by the delicious menu and wine list personally chosen by James.                 I would highly recommend Pissarro to anyone…

24 July, 2012 John Charnock

Jascots are ready for GO GO GO!!! Tomorrow at 0600hrs the Olympic Route Network kicks in and Jascots goes to 24 hour working. We will be here for you – whatever. Opening Hours –          Customer Service open 24 hours a day from Sunday 2100 hours to Saturday 1500 hours – 0208 965 2000 – team@jascots.co.uk – fax 0208 965 9500 Delivery Days –          Night time – Sunday/Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday –          Day time – Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday Delivery Windows –          London –          Day time 0900 – 1700 –          Night time 2200 – 0600 –          Out of Town –          Day time 0900 – 1700 Order Cut-off…

23 July, 2012 Jacko

So good it’s boring? I don’t really get that. McLaren-MP4      Our man, Ron Dennis of Mclaren Cars, goes and creates the Mclaren MP4-12C and some unappreciative hick who probably lives in a one-bedroom flea-infested basement flat in Peckham has the bare-faced audacity to describe it as ‘so good, it’s boring.’ This is the made-in-England motor that humbles those crafted by the Italians and Germans. Can you believe that? Today, I rocked up to taste 4 whites and 4 reds with Lucy, Mummy Plep and groom-to-be, Patrick, for their wedding day in September and out came the usual affordable suspects….Villa Blanca…

15 May, 2012 John Charnock

Jascots short listed for ON-TRADE SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR – The Drinks Business awards 2012 Judges took into account the recommendation and opinion of customers and look for evidence in high standards of service, including delivery, flexibility and adaptability to the strains of the modern day restaurant and hotel business. They also awarded on-trade suppliers on the quality of their range and pricing, plus attention to environmental issues in a high carbon impact business model. The winners will be announced at an invitation-only ceremony on Wednesday 23 May at the London International Wine Fair. The full list of those short…

5 May, 2012 Milo MacInnes

Bordeaux

Bordeaux
Latour a Pomerol 1928, 1961 Latour á Pomerol produces sumptuous, meaty, concentrated and full-bodied Pomerols. The 1928 vintage was so vibrant and powerful…. A miracle!!!  Full of pure fruits, mineral character and a long finish. Petrus 1928, 1945, 1961 I have to be very honest with Petrus. There are great wines but they were a little bit shy in general. Even 4 or 5 hours after I was hoping to get more out of the glass. Anyways, a fantastic robust wine with great depth, good acidity, right amount of dark fruits and a fantastic…

2 May, 2012 Milo MacInnes

So then we moved on to Burgundy Rousseau Chambertin 1962, 1971 Rousseau Chambertin Clos de Beze 1962, 1971 Chambertin was masculine, powerful and constructed well. It is a vigorous and firm wine, having a characteristic aroma of liquorice. Chambertin Clos de Beze was a fantastic delicate wine with slightly lighter alcohol and tannin content. Both wines were showing the best of their respective terroir. Roumier Bonnes Mares 1962 Roumier wines are more robust, less ethereal, than many others, but they still have the quintessential elegance of their commune. The Bonnes Mares is superbly concentrated and profound. DRC La Tache 1962…