French Wine

Wine of the Week: Esprit de Labastide, Gaillac Perlé 2012, France

Tom Cannavan | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Cannavan

This is arguably the perfect wine for a hot and sunny summer, being white, suitable for serving well chilled, fresh, and relatively low in alcohol at 12% abv. It comes from Gaillac in the South West of France, where Perlé is a speciality style: this is not a sparkling wine, not even 'frizzante', but it has the merest hint of spritz on the tongue to give it extra perkiness.

Wine of the Week: Le Petit Chat Malin Rouge

Tom Cannavan | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Cannavan

Le Petit Chat Malin is a pretty ubiquitous brand and is even promoted via its own cutesy web site. Whilst such wines are rarely the most interesting, and I figure my job should mostly be to unearth more obscure gems, on tasting this little wine from the Languedoc I was struck by its really good quality and its sense of authenticity.

The Judgement of Paris - in Berkshire

Joanne Shurvell | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Shurvell

I was intrigued to hear that a hotel in the heart of Berkshire stocks over 800 Californian wines, some of which are from the owner Sir Peter Michael's winery in Knights Valley, Sonoma.

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.

Smoked Haddock and Two Cheese Tart With Lemon Dressed Green Salad

Matt Dawson | Posted 05.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Dawson

Right, cards on the table, I'm a fish addict. Not just because of the nutritional benefits, but because it tastes so good. I like this dish because it's actually filling unlike many fish recipes. So it will definitely satisfy your hungry guest. We also pick the perfect wine to enjoy with this delicious meal.

Chicken Paillard Gremolata With Shoestring Fries

Matt Dawson | Posted 29.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Dawson

I cut my teeth grilling, roasting and braising chicken under the sage-like eye of Mark Edwards, group executive chef at Nobu. This is a simple but delicious supper for two, or bash a couple more chicken breasts flat and invite some friends around to join you

Warm Steak and Roquefort Salad

Matt Dawson | Posted 22.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Dawson

Want something delicious in a hurry? A couple of juicy sirloin steaks, shown a hot frying pan for three or four minutes either side and served with a simple salad, what could be better. Wine Expert Ewan Lacey helps me match this dish to the perfect wine.

Gilles Legrand Will You be My Son

Gia Marie Barbera | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Entertainment
Gia Marie Barbera

The Independent film distributor, Swipe Films, will be releasing the award-winning French movie, You Will be My Son. You Will Be My Son is a love-lett...

Why Did This Man Deliberately Smash A £10,000 Bottle Of Wine?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 30.08.2012 | UK

A Chinese wine connoisseur has brought a new meaning to getting smashed - by throwing a £10,000 bottle of French wine on the floor at a high-end wine...