A Special Lunch for Andrew Brodie – The Wines of Napa Valley

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  Andrew Brodie was an ex Chairman of London Branch, and a member of the EAZ Committee.  When he died suddenly on 30th August, he was working with Jack Rubyn of Marin County Branch on a special lunch at the Michelin-starred Pied à Terre Restaurant in London, showcasing wines from the Napa Valley.   Jack suggested […]

IWFS Restaurant Award for Andrew Wong

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Andrew Wong’s restaurant in London’s Wilton Road has been described by Jay Rayner as a relaxed space in which to enjoy serious food.   And it has established itself as one of London Branch’s favourites. Andrew spent several years touring China and studying its various regional cuisines before setting up here, and the result is something […]

London Branch at The Frog

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Adam Handling will be well known to those who watch TV programmes like Masterchef and Best of British.   He cooked a great meal for London Branch in 2015, when he was at the Caxton Grill, so when he set up his own restaurant, The Frog, near Spitalfields, we were naturally keen to try it. He […]

Welcome to Sake, by Kanako Takahashi

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On 14th June, we gathered at Double Tree Hilton in Victoria and had 12 Sakes from western Japan to taste, accompanied with excellent tidbits cooked by former Matsuri St. James’s chef Mr Sudo, currently Akindo Food Catering.   I introduced categories of premium sake, what is written on the labels, and some sake basics. Note that […]

A Satisfaction of Sweet Wines- by Bernard Lamb

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We met on the 9th February at the Naval Club in Mayfair to taste sweet wines from my collection.  I mentioned that sweetness in wines was promoted by hard pruning in winter, by green harvesting (cutting off many bunches of grapes in early summer), by favourable climates and weather, by noble rot (Botrytis cinerea fungus) […]

Masterclass for London Branch

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One thing that London Branch likes to do whenever it can is to offer experiences to its members that would not be accessible to them on their own.   Pascal Proyart’s masterclasses are a good example. Pascal is Executive Chef at the One-o-One restaurant in Knightsbridge.   He was brought up in a family of restaurateurs on […]

PASCAL’S HUNTING GAME MASTERCLASS

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Chef Pascal’s passion for hunting has been the inspiration behind his new Game Menu at One o One.  Pascal will tell some of his game hunting stories, and demonstrate few dishes. He will give you few tips how to cook game at their best. His is also very pleased to be doing this game Masterclass […]

A Two Star Lunch at The Greenhouse Restaurant, Mayfair

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    On 18 August 2016 London Branch organised a lunch for 11 members in the private dining room of The Greenhouse Restaurant in London’s Mayfair. A special five course meal with matching wines was prepared by Chef Arnaud Bignon. With the canapés we enjoyed Champagne Goutorbe Boillot, Carte d’Or. The starter was the restaurant’s […]

A Tasting of Fine and Rare Tawny Port

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On Tuesday 2 December 2016 we were treated to a fascinating tasting of Tawny Ports presented by our Chairman, Jeffrey Benson at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Victoria. Unlike Vintage Port, which spends years developing in bottle and then needs to be decanted, Tawny Ports with an indication of age spend their time developing in oak […]

WSET Advanced level 3

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Jeffrey Benson recently held and tutored a course for IWFS London Branch members leading to the Advanced Level 3 certificate award of the WSET (Wine and Spirits Education Trust).  This is an internationally recognised professional qualification, involving both a written examination and a blind tasting.   Those who participated found it most demanding; very much more […]