Food and Wine

How To Run A Successful Winery: Meeting Barbara Banke From Jackson Family Wines

Helena Nicklin | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Helena Nicklin

Have you ever wondered what kind of person it takes to buy and run not just one successful winery, but over forty?

Matching Wine or Beer to Your Picnic This Summer

Judith Lewis | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Judith Lewis

Think about what you are packing in your basket and think about getting creative with your wine. Instead of choosing your food first and then your wine why not think about choosing your beer and wine first and then match your foods up with the drinks you are taking with you. Also remember water of course, and drink responsibly so you can enjoy the while picnic season.

Winebird's Last Minute Wine Recommendations for Christmas

Helena Nicklin | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Helena Nicklin

If you're anything like me, certain things (well, quite a lot of things, actually) get left to the last minute as far as Christmas is concerned. This year in my house, it's wine! Luckily, I've tasted far and wide this year so the choices were easy. Here are my last minute picks for festive and fabulous wines that everyone will love.

Five Steps Beginners Guide to Wine Collecting

Patrick Van der Vorst | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Patrick Van der Vorst

With the 2014 grape harvest season behind us, we look at how to collect wine, and share a few tips for wine amateurs.

Wine of the Week: Stobi Winery, Vranec 2011, Macedonia

Tom Cannavan | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Cannavan

And now for something completely different? Here's a rich red wine that comes from the former Yugolsavian state's best vineyard area, Tikves. It's made from the indigenous Vranec grape, and the nose has lovely lift and elegance even, with Morello cherry red fruit, a touch of spice and a little chocolatey smoothness and polish.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 81 - 36 Hours in Basel

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

For the last 5 years I have been to Basel to help vet the Design Fair. I join with Simon Andrews from Christie's and a small group of exhibitors and w...

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 79 - Founder's Day and Full Possession

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK
Thomas Woodham Smith

It's all Masterpiece now. My life is on hold until the last contractor packs up his tools and vacates the site. Masterpiece is just beginning to enter...

LIfe in the Arts Lane - Week 77 - Stanley Spencer Lobster and Burgundian snails

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

I began the week with Lobster thermidor and ended it with half a dozen Burgundian snails; or, I began the week with the Stanley Spencer exhibition at Pallant House in Chichester and ended it with the fabulous 13th century Tour du Guet in Calais. It all depends on how you look at your week.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 76 - New York Contemporary Week

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

My first time in NY I had a terrible row. A director of Mallett at that time - it was 1996 - on arrival I was daunted by my first experience of serious jet lag. It was stupid o'clock in the morning, as far as I was concerned, when I sat down to dinner with my then boss Lanto Synge.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 72 - Easter in Bourgogne, with Salt and Wine

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

In Burgundy on Sunday I spotted a small 'vide grenier' in the picturesque village of Riel-les-Eaux - even though antique dealing is my job I cannot resist doing it as a hobby too.

LIfe in the Arts Lane - Week 71 - Shopping and Sipping in the South

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

On Sunday it's goodbye to the Oval, London, and hello to Montpellier, Languedoc, where Michael, my carpet dealer friend and I picked up a rental car and drove to Avignon.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 70 - Spring Has Sprung

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK
Thomas Woodham Smith

The clocks went forward and the blossom looks lush, pink and heavy on the trees. Spring brings eagerly anticipated light and those ephemeral tiny-petalled flowers which have burst from their buds almost look relieved after all the effort they have made

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 68 - TEFAF and Beyond

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Thursday brought a visit to another fair. I had missed the opening, on Wednesday, of the BADA fair in Chelsea. This fair is a quintessentially British fair and it has a distinct aura of country weekends and weddings in marquees.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 67 - Approaches to TEFAF

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK
Thomas Woodham Smith

On Friday we were invited, by a Masterpiece prodigal son, Vanderven, to their annual dinner at the private club 'Groote Societeit" at the corner of the Vrijtof in central Maastricht. Floris and his wife Nynke are great hosts in the Dutch tradition.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 64 - Change or No Change

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK
Thomas Woodham Smith

The week ended in the King's Road with James Harvey, who has been a great source of creative ideas over the last few years. He is constantly planning and plotting how to improve and develop his business; it is great to admire his verve and consider how many dealers' businesses would benefit from his level of energy.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 62 - Three Lunches and Water Everywere

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

In London work carries on as semi-normal. Certainly the profound and crucial ritual of lunch continues unabated.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 60 - Battersea and BRAFA Sandwiches and Oysters

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

The fun began on Tuesday, the doors to the Battersea decorative fair were flung open and everyone flocked to Mrs Sungoose's stand. At one point I noted over 25 people huddling avidly and greedily over her display cases.

Wine of the Week: The Ned, Pinot Grigio 2012, New Zealand

Tom Cannavan | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Cannavan

Pinot Grigio has become the de facto by-the-glass wine for many people, lapped up in bars, pubs and restaurants as almost anonymous, generic white wine. But Pinot Grigio (aka Pinot Gris) can take on a more substantial form, and some producers are making much more striking examples.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 57 - New Year and Resolutions

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK
Thomas Woodham Smith

Leaving the warmth of Aqaba in the south of Jordan and driving up Highway 15 for three and a half hours towards Amman in a minibus piloted by a fresh-faced boy wearing a scarf, a beanie and sunglasses, provided a surreal new version of the expectation which New Year's Eve usually engenders.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 56 - Christmas in Jordan

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

The biblical sites of Jordan jostle for prominence with the Roman, the Byzantine, the Nabatean, the Crusader, the Mamluk, the Abbasid, etc. The country is crammed full of places to see and from which to learn.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 52 - The Cycle of Life

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Woodham Smith

Six cyclists have been killed on the London roads in the last fortnight. He has been cycling in London on a bike with no brakes for eight years. He observes no irony. He gave up skid braking after his knees began to fail, and developed his patent Doc Martin brakes.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 51 - The Train Set

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Trains and their guardians, train stations, play a huge part in my life. They are playing an increasing role with the cost of petrol and the opportuni...

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 50 - Running to Paris

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Woodham Smith

I began the week with jewellery and the doctor and finished in Paris. A year ago I was called by my local surgery to have a health review. I did not go; I did not want to go. So, the doctor rang me and said that if I did not make an appointment and attend I would be struck off their list of patients.

Pesto Crusted Rack of Lamb on Puy Lentils

Matt Dawson | Posted 12.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Dawson

I'm a massive lamb fan, particularly when pink and tender and accompanied by this puy lentil salad. And don't be shy, make sure you pick every last morsel of lamb off the bone, no knife and fork required! Wine expert Ewan Lacey helps me match this dish to the perfect Bordeaux wine.

Bellevue Rendezvous

Elisa Ashenden | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elisa Ashenden

Bellevue Rendezvous is a charming little French restaurant on the corner of Wandsworth Common. When you don't feel like parting with the entire conten...