Wine

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?

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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.

Matthew Davison head sommelier Moor Hall

Uncorked: Matthew Davison

By Joe Lutrario

The head sommelier at Lancashire’s Moor Hall on having an 'adverse' reaction to Pinotage, Laurent Richet and a list that has something for everyone.

 Alasdair MacLeod sommelier Banca di Roma

Uncorked: Alasdair MacLeod

By Joe Lutrario

The sommelier at Glasgow’s Banca di Roma on Allegrini, Grand Cru Chablis, Ronan Sayburn and his exclusively-Italian list.

Alex Preston sommelier Isaac At and Embers

Uncorked: Alex Preston

By Joe Lutrario

The well-known Brighton sommelier that now oversees the list at Embers on Koshu, Artelium and creating the country’s first exclusively-English wine list at Isaac At.

Chloe Hicks wine manager Hawksmoor Manchester

Uncorked: Chloe Hicks

By Joe Lutrario

The wine manager at Hawksmoor Manchester on banning the word ‘juice’, California’s Paul Lato and her restaurant's now legendary 'Le Pin incident'.

Johanna Cole restaurant manager at Edinburgh restaurant Eleanore

Uncorked: Johanna Cole

By Joe Lutrario

The restaurant manager at Edinburgh’s Eleanore on Melbourne, the whites of Savoie and Burgundy producer Athanais Beru.

Harry Lobek London Shell Co. co-founder on pairing champagne and crisps

Uncorked: Harry Lobek

By Joe Lutrario

The London Shell Co. co-founder on pairing champagne and crisps, why Greece is an underrated wine region, and drinking a Chateau Palmer 1990 from the pavement having dropped it.

Vincenzo Arnese director of wine at Raffles London at The OWO

Uncorked: Vincenzo Arnese

By Joe Lutrario

The director of wine at Raffles London at The OWO on Diego Masciaga, Champagne showers and his mission to highlight wineries that are following sustainable practices.

OPSO, INO and Kima co-founder Andreas Labridis on Greek restaurants and wine

Uncorked: Andreas Labridis

By Joe Lutrario

The co-founder of London Greek restaurants OPSO, INO, Pittabun and the upcoming Kima on Greek wine, screwcap mishaps and Petrus.

Cantinetta Antinori Italian restaurant launches in London's Knightsbridge

Latest opening: Cantinetta Antinori

By Joe Lutrario

An Italian restaurant linked to one of the world’s most famous wine companies has opened in London’s Knightsbridge.

Elizabeth Mellish sommelier Gleneagles Townhouse

Uncorked: Elizabeth Mellish

By Joe Lutrario

The sommelier at Edinburgh’s Gleneagles Townhouse on Jancis Robinson, Emidio Pepe and Catalonia’s Alella DO.

Jonathan Ellson director of food and beverage Woven by Adam Smith

Uncorked: Jonathan Ellson

By Joe Lutrario

The director of food and beverage at Berkshire's Woven by Adam Smith on Sussex winery Rathfinny, the late great Sean Thackrey and over-enthusiastic sales people.

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