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Latest Post In the fervid climate of London restaurant openings, a restaurant butterfly (who me?) is finding it increasingly difficult to go back to enough restaurants, enough times, to get the warm fuzzy glow of being a genuine regular. One lunch and one dinner, even every single day, just simply won't cover it. The pace and number of restaurant openings is almost starting to PISS me off. Give us a break. Come on, this just isn't fair. It's almost cruel. Breathe.....

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This Week

Grabbing a seat at the bar at East Asian BBQ venue Bó Drake is becoming a habit, helped along by the effusive and energetic manager, Angelo, running front of house with genuine bonhomie and a glint in his eye. Smoked brisket bao (buns made in-house); huge smoked Korean ribs; mushroom tostadas; house kimchi — highlights from a small menu. Come for an hour, end up staying for three.


Fan Tong, Dalston

An unplanned drop-in to Fan Tong on Kingsland Road, a couple of great dishes, a Tsing Tao: there's enough going on here to drag us back pretty swiftly. A starkly decked out room somehow adds to the attraction, as unassuming as you can get. Chef and owner Wai Wan states on his website that he is 'serving mostly Chinese food'. Sichuan pork Cheung Fun is hopping with the citrus twang of numbing Sichuan peppercorns, and excellent freshly made pork and prawn wontons are plump, luscious parcels that slip into the 'order again immediately' category. A spot to keep watching.

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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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Meroni are located in one of the five municipalities of the Valpolicella Classico region, in the town of Sant'Ambrogio close to Verona. Made with Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Molinara, with six years ageing in huge Slovenian oak barrels, this Amarone is a beauty. A silky, sumptuous mouthful with a seductively supple texture, living up to its moniker of 'Velluto' (velvet) — a gobful of dark fruit with a mischief making 16.9% ABV.
Wine of the week
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2006, Meroni, Veneto, Italy


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Les 7, Laherte Frères, Champagne, France
'Les 7' is made by top grower Laherte Frères from a single vineyard planted with all seven of the allowed varietals in Champagne, using four ancient varieties to produce a wine resembling those made 250 years ago. The result is a bonkers sounding blend: 10% Fromenteau, 8% Arbanne, 17% Pinot Blanc, 15% Petit Meslier, alongside the three traditional Champagne varieties, 14 % Pinot Noir, 18% Chardonnay, and 18% Pinot Meunier. All seven varieties are cultivated in the commune of Chavot in Epernay, with its limestone/clay soil and chalky limestone sub-soil. There's a texture and chewiness here unlike any Champagne I've tasted, underpinned by stony minerality and a brisk lemony finish. Distinctive and unique.

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Vintage Wine Sellers is a new London-based wine merchant set
to launch in April 2015.
An experienced team including
Master of Wine Philip Goodband
and Clarion Wines are behind the
venture, intending to service
the needs of customers looking
to purchase vintage wines as
confidence returns to the market.

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