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'American Psycho in London'
Latest Post ‘This is not an exit’. American Psycho begins and ends with blood red lettering. The business card for STK London could double for the front cover; blood red stilettos, a meat cleaver (knives are a bit sissy round this way) and a beef fore rib swinging from a hook. A re-imagined Sweeney Todd for the vajazzled generation. I blame Sharon Stone for starting it all with that ice pick in Basic Instinct.

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This Week

Oxtail empanadas and crab on toast with humita (corn mix) and pickled turnips. This tucked away Argentinian gem is a great place to duck into and grab a seat at the bar. Malbec and empanadas (on repeat) is the way to do it.



Camberwell Arms

Some pubs are worth crossing town for. The Camberwell Arms fits into this category quite comfortably, and a reminder came this week with an impromptu drop-in for lunch and pint of perfectly kept Ringwood Best Bitter, from Hampshire. Pork fat and scotch bonnet on toast appeared, and some form of nirvana was found. A perfect plate of turnip top, pine nut and ricotta ravioli sealed the deal — a joyful pub.
Camberwell Arms
65 Camberwell Church St
SE5 8TR @camberwellarms

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Having fallen from grace, Lambrusco is now making a comeback in its traditional form as a deep, dry,
sparkling wine from Emilia Romagna. Zeren Wilson hails the return of this once–derided drop.

Christie’s Magazine,
October 2014
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The wines of Napa Valley and Sonoma County are back in the frame, their characteristic exuberance tempered with the restraint that first wowed the world in 1976. Zeren Wilson, reports

Christie’s Magazine,
November 2014
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Pôpa Do

Quinta do Pôpa is located in Adorigo in the municipality of Tabuaço, at the heart of the spectacular landscape of the Douro. A blend of Tinta Roriz and Touriga Nacional, this had enough succulence and dark brooding fruit to carry off a match with a huge puck of Bísaro pig (Portuguese breed from Vinhais) studded with shards of spicy Chouriço. Antonio Correira's list at Portal is a rare beauty, mostly Portuguese and imported directly.
Wine of the week Pôpa 2012, Quinta do Pôpa, Douro, Portugal


Portal restaurant


L'Ouverture 1er Cru NV
Football or Champagne, which would you choose? Frédéric Savart is a wine obsessive who makes some stunning Champagne in the village of Ecueil in the Montagne de Reims, and yet almost became a footballer, having signed a youth contract with Stade de Reims. His family were vignerons and eventually he chose the path of wine, returning home to make wine with his father. This is 100% Pinot Noir from exclusively Premier Cru vineyards with a wonderful creamy texture that is instantly alluring. 85% of the juice comes from the first pressing (the cuvée) with the remainder coming from the second pressing (first cut), some malolactic fermentation and a final dosage of 9 grams per litre. Classy fizz that makes an impact from the kick-off. Football's loss is Champagne's gain.

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