Ockenden Manor


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As part of my recent trip to Bolney Estate, we were invited to stay over night at Ockenden Manor. Ockenden Manor is a short 10 minute drive from Bolney and is an excellent base from which to visit the vineyard. After our wine tasting we drove over to the manor, which has a lovely very […]

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Bolney Estates 2018 vintage released


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Last week I visited Bolney Estate in Sussex to taste their 2018 vintages. While English sparkling wine seems to get all the press, English still wine is also getting better and better with every vintage. 2018 was an exceptional year, being one of the warmest on record, and that is reflected in the wines that […]

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My New Favourite Gadget, the Tofuture Press


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I usually focus on wine here on Wine Sleuth with the occasional foray into food.  Recently, I have taken tentative steps into veganism and tofu naturally figures high in a vegans diet, except this one, who loves to cook at home. So when I was asked if I would like to try out a new […]

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Chateau Angelus and Organic Viticulture in Bordeaux


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When one thinks of Bordeaux, organic viticulture does not immediately spring to mind but one family in St Emilion are working to change that perception. I had lunch earlier this week with Hubert de Bouard (head of the family, his daughter Stephanie Bouard-Rivoul (Managing Director) and cousin, Thierry Grenier de Bouard (Deputy Managing Director) for […]

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What Makes Victorian Wines So Great?


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Usually talk of trips to Australia conjure-up visuals of sunny beaches, rugged outback and Nicole Kidman. We very rarely think of Australia as a cool-climate continent, with low to moderate temperatures, and plenty of rainfall. However, when it comes to wine, not all Australian regions are equal. Sure, you have the Barossa Valley and Margaret […]

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New Italian wine bar – Bottles in Spitalfields


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Spitalfields is now the home of new wine bar, Bottles. A joint venture by Italian food and wine experts, Franco Mancini and Daniele Marano, Bottles aims to showcase small Italian wine producers, indigenous varieties, and forgotten grapes. Bottles occupies the old Vagabond space in Spitalfields Market, facing Brushfield St on one side. On the other side, there […]

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Wine and Vegan Chef’s Tasting Menu at Indian Accent in Mayfair


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The Winesleuth is continuing her vegan/plant based diet culinary escapades around Londontown, this time with a visit to globally recognised Mayfair restaurant, Indian Accent on Albemarle St. Indian Accent has sister restaurants in New Delhi and New York and is on many top restaurant lists around the world. The venue in London only opened late […]

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New Vegan Menu at Circus in Covent Garden


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Earlier this week I was invited to The Circus cocktail bar and restaurant in Covent Garden to sample their new vegan menu. Circus is an immersive dining experience. The restaurant is set up with two long tables in front of the kitchen where the performances take place. There are also booths and tables lining the […]

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The Field in Hackney, Plant based cuisine


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When I was in my twenties, I was a rather strict vegetarian, almost bordering on vegan but that was when I lived in Asia (3 years) and it was a fairly easy thing to do. I stuck to it until I went back to the States and once I smelled bacon, that was it for […]

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An Evening of Meat (and than some…)


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When I was invited to preview “An Evening of Meat” I wasn’t sure what to expect, it was billed as “… a unique and provocative dinner installation: a feast of femininity where expressive dance and indulgent food meet to thoroughly inundate all the senses…” However, I’m always game for new things and I do like immersive […]

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Postcard from Sardinia


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I landed in Sardinia last night and was charmed by the dramatic seaside before we even landed. I know very little about this island other then it’s Italian and cannonau is the main variety cultivated here. I’m here visiting as part of the Sardinia Beyond the Sea initiative sponsored by Sardinian producers and the tourist […]

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Hay Shed Hill Wines, Margaret River


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On a cold, grey, rainy (read: typical) London January day, I made my way to the Boxcar Butcher & Grill in Marylebone for a few bottles of Australian sunshine courtesy of Hay Shed Hill Wines. Owner and winemaker Michael Kerrigan was in town to show off his wines to the lucky ones of us gathered […]

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Domaine Henry, organic wines of St Georges d’Orques


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I was in Montpellier recently to do a bit of judging for the 2018 Milliseme Bio trade fair. It’s always nice to escape to the South of France in the middle of winter and when it’s to do a bit of winetasting, all the more fun. While I was there, part of my visit was […]

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The Avina Champagne Stopper


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Over the summer I received the Avina champagne stopper in the post to review. I don’t really use stoppers much but on occasion they can be useful. Avina has developed a champagne stopper that claims it will keep the fizz in AND you can store open bottles sideways, which means you can lay them down […]

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Sushi Shop’s new Summer Box


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Just in time for summer, the Sushi Shop has launched a Summer Box of sushi delights either for delivery or to eat in shop. Sushi Shop specialize in home and office delivery and have a variety of boxes available as well as an interesting selection of sushi rolls and makis. Sushi Shop started in France […]

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Launch of the Piper Heidsieck Essentiel Cuvée Reservée


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Piper Heidsieck have just launched their latest cuvée, the Essentiel Cuvée Reservée Extra Brut. Last week I and a small group of wine bloggers dined with Regis Camus, the chef de cave of Piper in Central London over various bottles and vintages of Piper Heidsieck. Regis was in town to promote their newest cuvée, the Essentiel Cuvée […]

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Nicholas Feuillatte – Graphic Ice for Summer


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Nicholas Feuillatte Champagne has got something new for the summer, their new range of Graphic Ice and Graphic Ice Rosé champagnes. I can be a bit of a purist with champagne sometimes (I do like my Grower’s Champagnes) but on the other hand, why not have a bit of fun with it? Nicholas Feuillatte have […]

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