Chateaux-en/Chat Owen

A friend/colleague of mine has a grapevine. In North London. They’re muscat grapes. Last weekend he and I decided to attempt to make wine from them. We got a reasonable crop from them, although if we’d have harvested a week earlier we’d have gotten a whole lot more. A local wood pigeon found them and…

Bright Eyes… Burning like fire

My dedication to cocktails (and booze in general) has taken another step. Today I have taken a day off work. Not because I had too many drinks the night before, but because I want to have drinks in the afternoon. Not any afternoon. A Tuesday afternoon. Also not just any drinks. Dead Rabbit – best…

Hmmmm…

As we all know, I’m both a massive Drinks Factory fan boy and a food nerd. Untitled does a tasting menu on the first Sunday of each month. Of course I gave it a go. The lighting in Untitled is odd. It manages to be both light and dark at the same time. It also…

Tiki Tiki

Just as I’d started to write this post, Lovely Girlfriend started singing “We are the tiki girls, we are the tiki girl. You are the tiki boys, you are the tiki boys at me” and it is now so firmly lodged in my head that I thought I’d share this joy with you. Onwards with…

Poncha!

So there’s Madeira Wine, but what other boozy treats are there on offer out there? Well. They distill a golden rum, which they call sugar cane brandy. It’s good! The also make it into a drink called Poncha. It’s punch. It fits the standard cocktail vein of rum, sugar, citrus. In this case the citrus…

No name.

…Our masterclass in The Drink Factory ended with a trip to their latest bar… Untitled in Dalston is an Andy Warhole inspired industrial bar with bar concrete walls, harsh edges and naked people. OK not actual naked people, but lots of artwork involving naked people. They were playing Bella Lugosi’s Dead by Bauhaus when we…

It’s really a very good year

I’ve been on holiday! Lovely girlfriend and I have just gotten back from a week in Madeira. While the destination wasn’t chosen with the fortified wine in mind, I’m sure you can see where this post is going. While we did drink some amazing wine from all over Portugal, which will be discussed at some…

GIN!

Due to London wine week I sort of missed world gin day. It was a rivalry between drinking local and drinking global. Of course this isn’t entirely true. I did manage to have a lunch involving several gin and tonics and a gin and tonic smoke salmon (yay pished fish) bagel, which was all of…

Living the dream

Yesterday I was given a brief introduction to what might be my dream job (if only I could afford the pay cut). I went to a masterclass at The Drinks Factory. As anyone who has read any of this blog will know, I am a Tony Conigliaro fan boy. A chance to spend some time…

Epilogue

Now the dust has settled (and I’ve written up the individual days!) I thought I’d give a few summary thoughts on Wine Week. I drank over 50 wines throughout the week. Only one of them was actually bad. Several were stunning. I found a lot of new places I’ll definitely be going back to for…

Weekend Weekend [part 2]

After a slow start to the day due to that last glass of Sherry (and the rest of the wine too), we ambled towards Tottenham Court Road. The plan was to make our way down through Covent Garden. We were foiled at our first stop. Twice. First, the friends we were supposed to be meeting…

Weekend Wine [part 1]

Due to a combination of work and a cold, we missed Wednesday-Friday. Saturday was also world gin day. We started with a lunch of bagels and Pished Fish gin and tonic smoked salmon and a GnT, before returning to our scheduled program. Lovely Girlfriend decided to go and explore Fitzrovia. Not an area we’ve ever…