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A wine lover, a chef and their kitchen

My partner (my chef) and I met in a basement kitchen in 2015; since that day we have been on a continuous adventure filled with excitement, discovery, affection and of course plenty of food and wine!

In this love letter to our kitchen, I want to talk about one of our favourite dishes to cook and eat together.

Date: 7th April 2020 | Author: Parissa Barghchi

Drinking Culture - One: The World Atlas of Wine 8th Edition

Welcome to Drinking Culture, a new series on the OWC blog in which we indulge our literary side. Each month we'll be perusing our bookshelves and picking out one of our favourite publications to share with you.

For our first instalment, we have chosen a book that deserves pride of place in any wine lover's collection. Last October, Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson MW released the eighth edition of their seminal World Atlas of Wine, arguably the greatest wine book ever published.

Date: 12th February 2020 | Author: Emily Silva

The Life of an MW Student - One

I should have begun writing this six months ago. That was when I finally bit the bullet and submitted my application to the Institute of Masters of Wine (spoiler alert - I got in). In all honesty, though, it took these six months to get over a severe case of imposter syndrome, start taking myself and my studies seriously, and to build up the courage to write - and post - this story.

Date: 9th February 2020 | Author: Emily Silva

Like listening to Mozart: A visit to Weingut Dönnhoff

In early June I visited the wine regions of Germany with a group of fellow Independent Merchants - including representatives from Corks Out in Manchester and Connolly's of Birmingham - as well as Melania Bellesini, Head Sommelier at Heston Blumental's Fat Duck Restaurant. We were the guests of Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies, the UK's leading importer of premium German wines.

Date: 22nd June 2019 | Author: John Shuckburgh

Taste Explorations: Wine with Crisps

As a lover of wine and food I'm all for the classic food and wine pairings for example, mussels and Muscadet, steak and Malbec or fish and chips with Champagne (seriously you've got to try it). However sometimes you just don't want to cook and there's nothing better than a good packet of crisps when you're watching a movie, so why can't you eat crisps and enjoy wine AT THE SAME TIME? Here are my top ten wine and crisp pairings.

Date: 22nd August 2018 | Author:

Focus on Flavour: Riesling with Food

If I could only drink one grape variety for the rest of my life It would have to be Riesling. It's the most diverse and complex white grape with vibrant acidity and tantalising fruit.

Date: 4th July 2018 | Author:

Taste Explorations: Dry German Riesling

When you think of German Riesling you may automatically think of Alan Partridge ordering half a bottle of Blue Nun or you may think about the copious amounts of Black Tower you would guzzle because it was sweet and didn't really taste like wine. *For disclosure, I am too young to remember guzzling Black Tower, in my day it was all about Cactus Jack Apple Schnapps... urgh*

Date: 1st July 2018 | Author:

Taste Explorations: South America's Unsung Heroes

Those of you who know me will know that I absolutely love finding new and exciting things to try, whether it be food and drink or even a new sporting venture (more to follow, keep your eyes peeled). So, you can imagine my wine-nerdy excitement when I discovered what are now three of my absolute favourite grape varieties: Carménère, Tannat and Bonarda.

Date: 11th April 2018 | Author:

Wines of Chile

A guide to wines from Chile with food pairing suggestions

Date: 5th April 2018 | Author:

Focus on Flavour: Christmas Day Drinking

'Twas the night before Christmas and the Champagne flutes clink, such a magical time ...but what do I drink?

It's that time of the year where over indulgence is acceptable that extra glass of wine or two is encouraged, but with so many drink options and plenty of festive treats available what's the best tipple for you to enhance that much deserved Christmas joy?

Date: 16th November 2017 | Author:

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