The Loire River Of Wine

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There is a grand view from the mezzanine level of the London Edition Hotel. From the tempting bar area on one side, over the plush seating and hotel reception and on to an impossibly grand door through which lies the Berners Tavern restaurant itself a fabulously decorated space. While the well heeled ebbed and flowed below I ate one too many canapés and concluded that the sparkling wine in my hand was actually jolly good. So I slide back to the tasting table and poured myself another glass. This peaceful moment of contemplation was a precursor to a rather splendid dinner in the hotels private dining room. A series of wines accompanying some splendid food all encased in a River of Wine event. In this case the river was the Loire.

And the sparkling wine that I enjoyed so ...

Touraine Mousseux Monmousseau Cuvee J.M.
Chateau d'Epire Savennieres
Chateau Moncontour Vouvray Brut sparkling

Anna de Cororniu Cava Blanc de Blancs

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From early spring through to these damp days of July several sparkling wines have enlivened a rather jaded palate. Some were perfectly pleasant, but didn’t really exicit. Others were rather disappointing. But some… well they did excit. Anna de Cororniu Cava Blanc de Blancs being one. Socail events, drinking in the real world, away from the artificial setting of trade tastings, seem to play a huge amount in enjoying wine. At least for me. This strikingly packaged bottle of cava was opened on a wobbly launch zig-zagging its way up the Thames from Benson to Abingdon and back; served alongside bacon butties for a 10am brunch it certainly set the day off well.

Anna de Cororniu Blanc de Blancs is one of a range this large producer is experimenting with. At the moment the only place you ...

Anna de Cororniu Cava

Anna de Cororniu Cava Blanc de Blancs

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From early spring through to these damp days of July several sparkling wines have enlivened a rather jaded palate. Some were perfectly pleasant, but didn’t really exicit. Others were rather disappointing. But some… well they did excit. Anna de Cororniu Cava Blanc de Blancs being one. Socail events, drinking in the real world, away from the artificial setting of trade tastings, seem to play a huge amount in enjoying wine. At least for me. This strikingly packaged bottle of cava was opened on a wobbly launch zig-zagging its way up the Thames from Benson to Abingdon and back; served alongside bacon butties for a 10am brunch it certainly set the day off well.

Anna de Cororniu Blanc de Blancs is one of a range this large producer is experimenting with. At the moment the only place you ...

Anna de Cororniu Cava

Eight Great Discoveries from the Imbibe Show

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Eight Great Discoveries from the Imbibe Show – a few hours spent wandering the Imbibe show at Olympia; before the crowds got too much! I concentrated on gin but managed to find a super new range of tonics, a Punjabi Rum and got to try the Asterley Bros. Amaro and Vermouth at last too.

Eight Great Discoveries from the Imbibe Show


Pothecary Gin
Pothecary Gin – rather nice I thought, interesting that the botanicals are distilled individually and then blended together.
Herno Juniper Cask Strength Gin
One of a striking range from Herno a Swedish distiller. This is the first producer in the world to be mature a gin in juniper wood casks. A revelation when served with Merchant’s Heart Ginger Ale. They recommend their Old Tom Gin be served with Merchant’s Heart Hibiscus Tonic.

Five Rivers Rum
First time I’ve encountered Five Rivers Rum – the ...

Tinker Gin
Bitter Union Bitters
Three Rivers Manchester Gin
Asterley Bros Artemis British Vermouth
Asterley Bros Dispense Amaro

Graphic Ice from Nicolas Feuillatte

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Two new releases from Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne – Graphic Ice and Graphic Ice Rosé. Perfect for the summer they are designed to be served over ice. I know what I’ll be taking on my next River Thames cruise.
“Pale gold coloured Graphic Ice – Fresh and floral fragrances, pronounced red and stewed fruits with a touch of walnuts and notes of honey.
Why not try the Graphic Ice with lime and Victoria pineapple? Coral pink coloured Graphic Ice Rosé has pronounced fruity flavours – Morello cherry, raspberry and blueberry aromas.
The Graphic Ice Rosé offers a particularly wonderful tasting experience when enhanced with orange and Asian mango.”

Graphic Ice from Nicolas Feuillatte

Graphic Ice from Nicolas Feuillatte Graphic Ice Rose from Nicolas Feuillatte

Both these demi-sec champagnes are Limited Editions. Graphic Ice is available to purchase for £30 and Graphic Ice Rosé for £32 respectively at John Lewis. I’m ...

Alhambra Reserva Roja

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Coming soon to the UK the Alhambra Reserva Roja is a lager with extra intensity and strength. “with the first sip comes the first surprise: a flavour that is much smoother and silkier than expected, full of delicate notes”. Not so much a Sunday Wine Shot but a Sunday Beer Shot….

Alhambra Reserva Roja

Alhambra Reserva Roja
“A reinterpretation of Central European tradition based on the unique Spanish character, with perfect balance between intensity of roasted barely malt and the subtlety of oats. Just like the Alhambra, you need time and peace to really discover the beer Reserva Roja… because this reddish liquid has unexpected features and traits. Its intensity conceals extraordinary subtlety and delicacy”

Alhambra Reserva Roja Written by wine scribbler at Spittoon - Wine, Cocktails, Food and Travel

Take Your Time with Alhambra Beer

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Cervrzas Alhambra is running a Take Your Time promotion which gives beer lovers the chance to collect pin codes with each Alhambra beer purchase. The prize? A ‘gastronomic experiences’ at Coya restaurant in London! On each bottle of Alhambra Especial Pint and Alhambra Reserva 1925 bottle are pin codes. Each code is worth 10 minutes. Collect 160 minutes and you receive dinner for 2 at the famed Coya restaurant in London while 10 minutes gets you a branded glass. There isn’t much time left – the promotion runs until 17th June.

“Alhambra is a beer made without hurrying. We think that you too should get ride of them. When you enjoy one of our beers, we will give you back that time you invested in them, so that you can enjoy magnificent experiences thanks to Alhambra.”

Alhambra ...

Alhambra Reserva 1925 & Alhambra Reserva Roja
Alhambra Reserva 1925