This was the week in which Massimo Bottura, Italy’s most famous chef, received a perfect score in the Italian influential guide L’Espresso. If you’ve missed the article, you can read about it here. It is also the week in which the World’s top 50 bars have been named. Here is the list. Which ones have you been to? Artesian in London tops the list.
If there is one restaurant critic I really follow it is Nick Lander. So if you are heading near Oxford, UK anytime soon, then this is the article you should consult or save for a future visit.
In our recent trips to Emilia in Italia we have discovered the ‘real’ Lambrusco which is completely different to industrial Lambrusco that is exported and which has such a bad reputation. Here is an interesting article about how to pair it with five of the most traditional dishes from the region.
In this article, you can read about 4 outrageously expensive dinners from the past.
We have often heard about soft-drinks and the link to obesity, and articles on this subject are not new. Nevertheless, it is always an eye opener to read an insider’s view on this. You may not want to drink another soft-drink after reading this.
If you do not know Jura wines then you should really make the effort to discover them. Here, chardonnay is blended with the local savagnin. The region is famous for its white wines like the Arbois Chardonnay but especially the ‘vin jaune’ which is a sherry-like wine that is aged for six years in oak casks. Read Fiona Beckett’s article here.
Jancis Robinson has an article about the new ‘pulignys’ of Australia. She argues that since 2012, Australia has been producing a raft of truly world class chardonnays. In this article, she has a list of winemakers to look out for.
Julien Miquel of Social Vignerons is a very influential wine blogger. Read an interview with him here. He speaks about the website and how he started it.
Normandy is a great destination to visit, not only in spring and summer, but also in autumn. At this time of the year you can visit the Cider Route which takes you to the heart of the Pays D’Auge to discover cider, calvados and pommeau producers. The Financial Times Weekend has an interesting report.