Category Archives: Food & Drink

Profiles: The Family Reviving “Noble & Murat” Port – “Foot Treading” And “Chestnut Barrels”

Antonio Taveira’s family breathes new life into the illustrious Noble & Murat brand whose tradition as a port house started over a century and half ago in 1831 as one of the first bottlers to mention “LBV” on their label. 

The family has a long history of precision hand-harvesting, distinguished sourcing and methodical vinification. For decades they have provided grapes for Taylor’s, Croft, Sandeman’s among others, but now they have decided to keep the best grapes for their own wines.

Noble & Murat Port and LBV Port

Best New Food Books: “Ana Roš – Sun And Rain” -Essays, Recipes And Stories From The Top Slovenian Chef

Ana Roš - Sun and Rain Food and Cooking Book 2020A personal chef monograph, and the first book, from globally-acclaimed chef Ana Roš of Hiša Franko in Slovenia

Set near the Italian border in Slovenia’s remote Soča valley, in the foothills of mountains and beside a turquoise river full of trout, Ana Roš tells the story of her life. Through essays, recollections, recipes, and photos, she shares the idyllic landscape that inspires her, the abundant seasonal ingredients from local foragers, the tales of fishing and exploring, and the evolution of her inventive and sophisticated food at Hiša Franko – where she has elevated Slovenian food and become influential in the global culinary landscape.

Ana Roš Sun and Rain Monograph book kitchen

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New Champagne Bars: “The Riddler” In New York City

The Riddler Champagne Bar Outside New York CityA restaurant funded solely by female investors, The Riddler is a New York City champagne bar from owner Jen Pelka.

The Riddler is a Champagne bar with locations in the heart of New York’s West Village and San Francisco’s Hayes Valley. We have over 150 Champagnes by the bottle and dozens of sparkling wines by the glass to choose from: old and new, traditional classics and unusual discoveries, by the glass and by the bottle (or magnum or 9L). At the center of each space is an old wooden backbar that we’ve lined with a collection of vintage Champagne buckets and glassware that we’ve picked up at flea markets and estate sales over the last decade.

We’re a women-led team: 100% of our investors are women and most of our management team happens to be led by a crew of women. We love serious wines but don’t take ourselves too seriously: we pair our Champagne with French-inspired seasonal comforts, serve our caviar with potato chips, and offer free popcorn all day and all night.

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Food & Wine: “Castillo de Cuzcurrita” Winery In La Rioja, Spain (Video)

Monocle 24 Films logoThis Spanish region is home to many large-scale producers, but at Castillo de Cuzcurrita things are done differently. Vintner Ana Martin Onzain unveils how their aged wines – grown and made exclusively in this small village – bring people together.

Castillo de Cuzcurrita Winery In La Rioja Spain winesHISTORY: Little is known of its history of Cuzcurrita prior to the 14th century. On 15 November 1367, King Enrique II of Castile rewarded the Alcalde Mayor of the Hijosdalgo of Castile, Juan Martínez de Rojas by granting him the title of Feudal Lord of Cuzcurrita with all its lands and rights.

In the 16th century, during the reign of Philip II, the 9th Lord of Cuzcurrita, Pedro Velasco, bastard son of Bernardino de Velasco and the wife of Pedro Suárez de Figueroa, established the entailed estate by marrying Marta de Rojas y Osorio, carving his coat of arms over the entrance to the castle.The fortress, which had been erected by the Suárez Figeroa family between the 14th and 15th centuries, remained in the hands of the Velasco-Rojas family until the last century, subsequently passing through various hands until it was bought by the Sáinz de Incháustegui family, Counts of Alacha, in 1947, who went on to restore it and make it their family home.

Within the irregular square floor plan of this fortress stands the keep, one of the most characteristic of its kind in La Rioja due to the harmony of its dimensions and its few arched openings. This square tower rises from right in the middle of the castle with small, rectangular openings.

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Italian Wines: Inside Ferragamo Fashion House-Owned “Castiglion Del Bosco” (Monocle 24)

Wines by Massimo Ferragamo: How Salvatore Ferragamo’s youngest son is succeeding in the wine industry.

24 January 2020: Episode 432 of “The Menu”  Monocle 24

“I arrived at Castiglion del Bosco one cool, sunny morning in 2001. I was so incredibly moved by the limitless views, by the Brunello vineyards as well as the scenery that can only be found in the Val d’Orcia: I had no idea that such a beautiful corner of Tuscany still existed. It was love at first sight.”

– Massimo Ferragamo

Castiglion Del Bosco Wine Estate in Tuscany Italy Massimo Ferragamo Wines

Tuscany is a region whose countryside never ceases to amaze for its captivating beauty. Castiglion del Bosco also knows how to charm. Nature’s voice is heard loud and clear here, while man’s hand has always respected its verdant spaces and fine balance. The name itself revelas its character: the bosco, (wood), surrounding the Castiglion (walled castle), is the domain of deer, boars and pheasants. And of Sangiovese.

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Food & Wine: “Nessun Dorma Cinque Terre” Offers Vineyard Tour & Tasting In Manarola, Italy

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Nessun Dorma Cinque Terre Manarola Italy
An immersive journey through Cinque Terre wines: from the visit of a local wine producer’s vineyard in Manarola to the wine tasting in our cozy winery.

 

Nessun Dorma Cinque Terre Wine Route and Tasting in Manarola Italy Details MapDETAILS OF THE EXPERIENCE:

  •  Check in at 5.00pm at Cantina Nessun Dorma (in the church square of Manarola)
  •  Short walking tour in the vineyards above Manarola village
  • Wine tasting in our cozy winery
  • 3 glasses of local wine: Cinque Terre DOC white wine, red wine and Sciacchetrà (passito wine)
  • Discovering together the flavor of each wine and its characteristics
  • Eating local and selected food

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New Food Trends: “Terra Mundo” Immersive Multi-Sensory “Eat-ertainment” In London On Feb 12-16

Terra Mundo is a truly unique and luxurious dining experience set over three courses inspired by three distinctly earthly environments of forest, fire and ocean. Exquisite pairings of delicious food and stunning drinks are enhanced through musical soundscapes and 360-degree immersive projections bringing you the tastes, sights and sounds of Terra Mundo.

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

A delicious welcome drink

Three courses of fine dining

Perfectly-paired drinks for each course

Tantalising appetisers and amuse bouche

One hour show of fully visuals and musical soundscapes

ALL FOR: £95 (PLUS BOOKING FEE)

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