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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

Spam spam spam, nigiri and spam. Pond Dalston showcases 'New Hawaiian Cusine', a raucous melange of influences taking in influences that immigrants from around the Pacific brought to Hawaii. Hidden in a Victorian warehouse in Dalston, a sweeping bar and open kitchen is the welcome on walking in. More spam features with shrimp coated fried spam with yuzu mayonnaise. 'NHC' fried rice with wakame, bean sprouts, egg yolk and sesame seeds is a riot of a dish — brilliant.

pond-dalston.com @PondDalston


Noted

Shikumen

Good Xiao Long Bao dumplings are worth travelling for, and the examples at Shikumen are among the very best in town. Silken parcels filled with soothing stock and pork, a cosseting gossamer textured mouthful. Har Gau prawn dumplings are a couple of notches above most in London, and a glimpse of the huge kitchen revealed a phalanx of staff making the dumplings amongst towers of steaming baskets. Service is as sweet as you could wish for — weekends are rammed, so book ahead.
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Lambrusco
strikes
back


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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California
dreaming
 


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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Mama Mia...

Lambrusco has had a glorious reappraisal in the UK over the last year. The good stuff is light years away from the confected, sugar sodden, mass produced stuff that became a by-word for 'naff' in the 70's and 80's. The real stuff is dry, vivacious, savoury with a whip cracking beam of acidity that makes the perfect foil for fatty salumi and rugged chunks of Parmigiano: in its home of Emilia-Romagna it cuts through the richness of the food. Kilgariff and Kahan are specialist Lambrusco importers and LINI 910, a fourth generation family winery, spearheaded the renaissance of the wines in New York. Bottle fermented, organic, 2004 vintage Lambrusco with poise and elegance? Mama Mia...
Wine of the week
Metodo Classico Rosso 2004, Lini 910, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Importer
kilgarriffandkahan.co.uk

Lambrusco in London :
vinvixen.com
biborestaurant.com
rotorino.com   lyleslondon.com
primeurn5.co.uk



Champagne

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.

Available
Plus De Bulles
plus-de-bulles.co.uk





Grower
champagne-laherte.com






This Month

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.

For more information :
info@vintagewinesellers.co.uk