A Sous Vide Masterclass for London Branch

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From time to time London Branch arranges Masterclass events, typically given by leading chefs on methods of preparing particular ingredients. The latest was on Sous Vide (‘under vacuum’).  A few of us had already used this technique in our own kitchens; others of us were complete beginners, curious to understand what it was all about and how it worked. With …

A Tasting of Wines from Moldova

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Did you know (I didn’t, until London Branch’s wine tasting) that Moldova has renamed its capital international airport Wines of Moldova? Or that winemaking is its main agricultural activity, measuring 25% of agricultural exports; that it has the highest per capita production of wine in the world; and that 5% of the country is under vine, with 150,000 hectares of …

New Year Celebration Dinner at Tredwells

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London Branch held a celebration Dinner at Tredwells – its website by-line: “relaxed contemporary dining restaurant in Covent Garden” – to celebrate New Year, an excuse to lighten up what can often be a drab two or three weeks following Christmas. We had the mezzanine floor to ourselves, seated at two long tables. London Branch members and guests were pleased …

A Wine Dinner at the Cavalry and Guards

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London Branch is very fortunate in having a number of members with superb cellars of mature wines that they are happy to share with Branch members from time to time.  Lancelot Jaundoo is one of these, and this time it was 1988 Bordeaux.   But instead of a conventional tasting he decided upon a wine dinner, and LB member Julian Ellis, …

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 …