Herne Hill's new wine shop

Herne Hill’s new wine shop, wild + lees will open tomorrow afternoon. It’s almost ready, except for the small matter of the stock but that is on its way. “I’ll have some bottles open, to welcome people in”, says Liam Plowman, the owner.

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Discovering Malbec: Chilean winemaker compares 3 regions

Setting the scene for Malbec

The tasting was set up in the basement of Casa Malevo in Connaught Street London, a place famous for exceedingly high quality steak, a frequent food pairing for the malbec grape we were due to taste. 

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WATCH Champagne Taittinger's Clovis Taittinger interview

Champagne is the most famous wine region in the world with a number of big name houses producing much of the sparkle that is now synonymous with celebration and style.

In this interview Clovis Taittinger, export director,  explains why he decided to follow in the family business and also dishes out a good champagne and food tip you may want to try this summer!

Taittinger produce around 6 million bottles per year and sell their wines throughout the world. In the UK Taittinger is widely available in many retail outlets and ranges in proce depending on what you are looking for. The range is extensive and the reputation good, so if you are looking for a good benchmark to get the summer rolling, give this a try. The rosé is particularly fun and refreshing and the perfect picnic wine!



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Not so cheesy; Italian Pecorino white wine from Waitrose

Pecorino is typically associated with the cheese from Italy, however, today it's gaining fame for being both old and new white wine from South Eastern Italy, along the Adriatic. Old due to the grape variety being considered only good enough for large-scale blending for cheap wine and today because a growing number of winemakers are busy discovering its potential as single variety.

Light yellow in colour and freshly tasting of sweet pineapple with slight hint of Turkish delight. There is a little spice and a touch of a bitter finish. You can easily smell variety of Bon-bons, in English hard boiled sweets, reminding you of a summer childhood evening with sticky fingers.

For vegetarians, serve with something like a Greek salad topped with Feta cheese and freshly cut red onions, don't forget plenty of fresh herbs!

For meat eaters you could bring to the table grilled chicken with spinach mixed with roasted tomatoes and fresh mango.

A nice little bargain from Wairtrose for £5.99

Buy online by clicking here.

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Passitivo, Primitivo, Puglia, Italy - Great value drinking from Dulwich Vintners

We were in Italy a few weeks ago and our dinner partner, a retiring Cambridge professor, held up his glass and said, “I have decided that life is too short to drink bad wine!” I dare say that is pearl of wisdom that should be added to the national curriculum!

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Watch: Golf Star Sir Nick Faldo talks about his new wine selection



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Dugard & Daughters serving up great Montepulciano D'Abrruzo in Herne Hill

The winter has arrived brandishing all kinds of wintry weaponry… the best defence is obviously the cosy confines of the home with windows sealed and glass brimmed with something ruby red, a silly tannic structure and a range flavours that make it an easy going dinner guest or simply a perfect partner for unwinding with festive music.


I walked into Dugard & daughters butcher and deli under the arches in Herne Hill and picked up a bottle of Il Faggio, Montepulciano D’Abruzzo for about £10. This Italian staple red wine is one that is so versatile, soothing and welcome in the evenings, that I urge anyone to give it a go. Perfect for intimate parties (where at least you stand a chance of getting a glass for yourself), home dinners, or just chilling in the bath. 

It is smooth with hint of the expected dark ripe cherry fruit and attractive herbs, perfect for a range of wintry food dishes. It really is a winner.

We served this with stuffed pheasant legs, also from Dugard & Daughters, which were both good value and very tasty indeed. A top tip for locals!

Located at:

Arch 286, Milkwood Road,
Herne Hill,
London SE24 0EZ


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