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 that we continue with the …

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 quite unique, away from the …

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 brought a lot of his …

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 the polish ratio is defined …

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) allowing water evaporation, or by …