Food & Drink

Anthony Rose: ‘Aldi’s thrift-focused approach saw additional wine sales of £88.2 million’

I recently visited Aldi’s Midlands HQ to find out more about the retail giant’s story from its head wine honcho, Mike James, a thoughtful Doctor of Philosophy who topped Off Licence News’s Top 100 list of the UK’s most influential wine people. First we called into the Atherstone branch to check out Aldi’s core wine range, which runs to 75 ...

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How fine dining got funky: Seven young chefs have transformed London’s restaurant scene

East London, 2015. I’m sitting alone, at lunchtime, looking at a wine list with options from Eastern Europe and the New World; the young waiter is affable, familiar and doesn’t lecture. The room is in the minimalist style, all wooden surfaces, and the head chef is conducting his team in plain view of the diners. – Food and Drink RSS ...

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Wines of the week: If you’re popping a cork to celebrate something, here are three sparklers for summer

From England Castle Brook 2009 Most English sparkling hails from the south coast, but these grapes are grown on a former Roman vineyard in Herefordshire’s lush Wye Valley by an asparagus-farming family, although the wine is made near Brighton. Simply gorgeous: light, effervescent, floral, grassy. Summer in a glass. £32, castlebrookvineyard.co.uk – Food and Drink RSS Feed

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Wines of the week: If you’re popping a cork to celebrate something, ere are three sparklers for summer

From England Castle Brook 2009 Most English sparkling hails from the south coast, but these grapes are grown on a former Roman vineyard in Herefordshire’s lush Wye Valley by an asparagus-farming family, although the wine is made near Brighton. Simply gorgeous: light, effervescent, floral, grassy. Summer in a glass. £32, castlebrookvineyard.co.uk – Food and Drink RSS Feed

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Jane Peyton interview: Britain’s Beer Sommelier of the Year on witchcraft and Jane Austen

Beer isn’t just something you glug while watching the footie It’s actually a much better pairing with food than wine, and there are so many special beers for fine dining. There are beers made with champagne yeast and finished like champagne: try Chapel Down’s Curious Brew as an aperitif, in a champagne flute. For rich, meaty dishes, and even desserts, ...

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Meet the rock’n’roll sommeliers: The days of the wine-list dinosaur are over

I am in a dimly lit Indian restaurant with a starter of the Mumbai classic samosa papdi chaat before me. Time for a beer, right? Wrong. For this is a tasting menu with matched wines at Gymkhana, sister restaurant to London’s Michelin-starred Trishna, and I’m in the hands of sommelier (and co-owner) Sunaina Sethi. So, instead of a cold Cobra, ...

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Mark Hix recipes: There’s more to gooseberries than the fools and crumbles they usually end up in

Sour fruits typically get turned into a crumble or such like, usually with heaps of sugar, sometimes with not enough. But gooseberries have been part of our summer cuisine for many centuries (and were a staple of it before we imported so much of our fruit) and there are lots of other interesting uses for them, both sweet and savoury. ...

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