Wine

Tomas Trnka front of house supervisor at The Sea, The Sea Chelsea on wine

Uncorked: Tomas Trnka

By Joe Lutrario

The front of house supervisor at The Sea, The Sea Chelsea on Fabrice Pouillon, following in the footsteps of his sommelier father and the danger of sabrage.

Corkage charges in restaurants

The Lowdown: Corkage charges

By Joe Lutrario

Notting Hill restaurant Dorian has reignited the debate on corkage by introducing a £100 charge and requiring guests to buy a bottle of similar value from its list.

Caia restaurant co-founder Tim Lang one wine

Uncorked: Tim Lang

By Joe Lutrario

The co-founder of Notting Hill restaurant Caia on 1982 Pétrus, Beth Brickenden and the importance of balancing passion for wine with the art of human connection.

Lost in the Lanes founder Natalie Demetriou on wine

Uncorked: Natalie Demetriou

By Joe Lutrario

The founder of Brighton’s Lost in the Lanes on Michael Schuster, Sussex sparkling and Domaine Romanée Conti 1945.

Cloth wine-led restaurant Farringdon

Latest opening: Cloth

By Joe Lutrario

Friends and wine importers Joe Haynes and Ben Butterworth have teamed up with ex-Lasdun chef Tom Hurst to launch a wine bar and restaurant in Farringdon.

Harry Cooper General Manager Counter 71 restaurant London

Uncorked: Harry Cooper

By Joe Lutrario

The general manager of Shoreditch restaurant Counter 71 on Oastbrook Pinot Blanc, matching roast lamb with Schioppetino and why the concept of the Old World should be retired.

The best alcoholic drinks launches for May

Liquid assets: May 2024

By Restaurant

Swedish and Scottish whiskies and Sussex and Hampshire wines are among our top picks for this month's new drinks releases.

Joseph Pelosi head sommelier Belvedere restaurant Holland Park

Uncorked: Joseph Pelosi

By Joe Lutrario

The head sommelier at West London’s Belvedere on Phillipe Bascaules, Tuscan producer Petrolo and not holding on to his last bottle of Sine Qua Non’s Just For The Love Of It.

Ben Hodges co-owner of London wine pub Alfi

Uncorked: Ben Hodges

By Joe Lutrario

The co-owner of Spitalfields ‘pub with wines’ Alfi on not taking communion, Galician wine and seafood and waiting too long for his drink.

Maddy Riches co-owner of Brighton restaurant Dilsk on wine

Uncorked: Maddy Riches

By Joe Lutrario

The co-founder of Brighton restaurant Dilsk on Piedmont-based winemaker Chiara Boschis, Pieropan’s La Rocca and the unusual structure of her wine list.

The biggest alcoholic drink launches of March

Liquid assets: March 2024

By Restaurant

A new Jack Daniel's expression, the launch of a host of premium rums, and the revival of Port Ellen distillery make up this month's top drinks news.

Ola Bober head of wine at Clapham restaurant Ploussard

Uncorked: Ola Bober

By Joe Lutrario

The head of wine at Clapham’s Ploussard on Jura, Les Caves de Pyrene founder Eric Nairoo and crying inside when people request oaky wines.

Ryan Johnson head sommelier Umu London

Uncorked: Ryan Johnson

By Joe Lutrario

The head sommelier at Mayfair's Umu on Château Rayas, DRC and helping his guests choose the right sake.

James Pritchard restaurant manager at Silo restaurant East London

Uncorked: James Pritchard

By Joe Lutrario

The restaurant manager at East London’s Silo on Liguria-based winery Selvadolce, the problem with the term ‘funky’ and turning his old wine bottles into plates.

Francesca Turra head sommelier Fallow

Uncorked: Francesca Turra

By Joe Lutrario

The head sommelier at London’s Fallow on women in wine, her diverse wine list and the Côte de Beaune-based Domaine Chavy-Chouet.

Juan Luengo restaurant manager and wine buyer Behind Hackney

Uncorked: Juan Luengo

By Joe Lutrario

The restaurant manager at Hackney’s Behind on Bavarian winemaker Andi Weigand, Aline Beauné’s Aligote and getting his socks blown off by a bottle of well-aged Zibbibo.

Michele Orbolato head sommelier Thesleff Group Los Mochis and Sale e Pepe

Uncorked: Michele Orbolato

By Joe Lutrario

The head sommelier at Los Mochis and Sale e Pepe owner Thesleff Group on Semillon, Angelo Gaja and Patagonia-based producer Matias Riccitelli.

Carousel general manager Joshua Bratt on wine

Uncorked: Joshua Bratt

By Joe Lutrario

The general manager of Fitzrovia‘s Carousel on Black Country Ale, designing a wine pairing for a different chef and menu each week and the Loire’s Domaine du Collier.

What does 2024 have in store for restaurants and pubs

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What does 2024 have in store?

By Restaurant

In partnership with leading wine company Boutinot, Restaurant gathered 10 operators together for a discussion about the challenges and opportunities for the year ahead.

Phill Morgan sommelier at Soho Italian restaurant Bocca di Lupo

Uncorked: Phill Morgan

By Joe Lutrario

The head of wine at Soho stalwart Bocca di Lupo on exploding magnums of Cristal, Montalcino-based producer Gorelli and how he respects anyone that can 'turn grape juice into a broad smile'.

Martina Marini founder and sommelier Rolling Grapes

Uncorked: Martina Marini

By Joe Lutrario

The founder and sommelier at Holloway wine bar Rolling Grapes on Isabelle Legeron, Savoie’s Domaine Bruno Lupin and why Sherry still doesn’t get the recognition it deserves.

Sunny Hodge founder of London wine bars Diogenes The Dog and Aspen & Meursault on wine

Uncorked: Sunny Hodge

By Joe Lutrario

The founder of forward-thinking London wine bars Diogenes The Dog and Aspen & Meursault on wine science, Uruguay’s Pablo Fallabrinos and the joys of Pugliese ‘plonk’.

‘Pub with wines’ to open in Spitalfields next month

‘Pub with wines’ to open in Spitalfields

By Joe Lutrario

Alfi, an all-day ‘wine pub’ and restaurant is set to open its doors in the heart of Spitalfields next month, offering small plates and an extensive selection of wines on tap from across Europe.

James Snowdon co-owner The Palmerston Edinburgh on his wine list

Uncorked: James Snowdon

By Joe Lutrario

The co-owner of Edinburgh’s The Palmerston on Hunan’s Michael Peng, Galicia and David Leclapart's L’Alchimiste 2009.

Eugenio Egorov head sommelier The Stafford London

Uncorked: Eugenio Egorov

By Joe Lutrario

The head sommelier at The Stafford London on Weingut Ignaz Niedrist, avoiding boring pairings and Argentine asado.

Dan Warham head sommelier Limewood

Uncorked: Dan Warham

By Joe Lutrario

The head sommelier at Hampshire’s Limewood on Fera at Claridge’s, Rioja-based winemaker Jose Gil and an unfortunate incident with a bottle of Chateau Grillet.

The team behind London restaurants Crispin and Bar Crispin have taken on the old Oklava site to launch Bistro Freddie

Latest opening: Bistro Freddie

By James McAllister

The team behind London restaurants Crispin and Bar Crispin have taken on the old Oklava site to launch a new bistro concept.

Jordan Sutton assistant head sommelier at L’Enclume on wine

Uncorked: Jordan Sutton

By Joe Lutrario

The assistant head sommelier at L’Enclume on the documentary Somm, Bobby Stuckey and pairing English sparkling wine with fish and chips.

Louise Gordon head of wine Hand Picked Hotels

Uncorked: Louise Gordon

By Joe Lutrario

The newly appointed head of wine at Hand Picked Hotels on Blank Bottle, the concept of dryness and getting herself into a sticky situation with some Pedro Ximenez.

Liquid assets: the latest drinks launches in October 2023

Liquid assets: the latest drinks launches

By Joe Lutrario

Our round up of new drinks products this month includes a windmill-made gin, a low ABV wine from South Africa and a brand refresh for Islay’s Port Askaig.

Jason Bligh director of Chester's Upstairs at The Grill

Uncorked: Jason Bligh

By Joe Lutrario

The director of Chester’s Upstairs at The Grill on Xavier Rousset, Californian wine and a mishap with a bottle of 1988 Dom Ruinart Blanc des Blancs.

Ryosuke Mashio sommelier Roketsu restaurant

Uncorked: Ryosuke Mashio

By Joe Lutrario

The sommelier at Marylebone’s Roketsu on Château Mouton Rothschild, pairing prosciutto with warm sake and why people should give Japanese wines a chance.

Rémy Baben general manager Wild Honey St James on wine

Uncorked: Rémy Baben

By Joe Lutrario

The general manager and resident wine buff at Wild Honey St James on the often under-appreciated wines of Languedoc-Roussillon, Jancis Robinson, and his restaurant’s exacting approach to the Negroni.

Biba Majumdarr-Swift restaurant manager Bench Sheffield

Uncorked: Biba Majumdarr-Swift

By Joe Lutrario

The restaurant manager at Sheffield’s Bench on Baja California producer Bichi, Hula Hoops and her restaurant's policy of ordering from a different wine supplier each week.

Matthew Deller restaurant manager Caravel London on wine

Uncorked: Matthew Deller

By Joe Lutrario

The restaurant manager at barge-based London restaurant Caravel on Mozzarella Dippers, wine in keg and spilling red wine on a priceless kimono.

Six restaurant wine trends including wine in kegs and the squeezed middle

Six restaurant wine trends

By Joe Lutrario

Including Vivino warriors, wine list polarisation, the reappraisal of classic European regions and the return of the little black book.

Steph Robertson head of wine at Restaurant Associates

Uncorked: Steph Robertson

By Joe Lutrario

The head of wine at Restaurant Associates on David Galetti, Bolney Wine Estate and creating a wine list that has something for everyone.

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