You can buy a cheap chicken today, but we all pay for it in the long run: Have you ever asked yourself why an everyday “value” chicken can now be cheaper, pound for pound, than bread? Cheap chicken has become the “healthy” meat of choice for most shoppers and sales are booming, up 20% since 2000 in the UK. But is it really either cheap or healthy?
Enigma chef Frantzen to open restaurant in Dubai: Swedish chef Björn Frantzén has revealed further details about his new venture in Dubai Design District (d3), following the news last month that his restaurant Frantzén is one of the culinary concepts set to open in the freezone this year. In an interview with Caterer Middle East, Frantzén, who is currently in residence at Engima in Palazzo Versace Dubai, said the restautant will “be a Nordic brasserie called Frantzén Kitchen”.
Bordeaux 2015: Berry Bros and Rudd CEO’s view: Dan Jago has recently returned (just about in one piece) from his tasting trip to Bordeaux. From his vinous highlights to the “enormous fun and very hard work” of a Berry Bros. & Rudd trip, here he gives his insights into tasting 2015.
A wine dream fulfilled in Chianti Classico: High on a hillside in Castelnuovo Berardenga, with a picturesque view of the towers of Siena, Per Luigi Tolaini is fulfilling his dream of making top-quality wine from his native Italy. Now approaching 80, Tolaini left his home near Lucca at 19 years old, broke and with the promise to himself that he would one day return and show his family how to make good wine.
Robert Parker Wine Advocate Announces: Changes To Bordeaux Coverage In The Wine Advocate: Robert Parker Wine Advocate and RobertParker.com, considered the world’s most widely read independent consumer’s guide to fine wine, announces that Neal Martin will be assuming full reviewer coverage of the wines of Bordeaux, both Bordeaux enprimeur and Bordeaux in bottle reports, as of May 1st 2016. The coverage of Bordeaux wines was previously the responsibility of Robert M. Parker Jr., who has reviewed every vintage of Bordeaux for the last 38 years, since he started the publication in 1978. This news follows the announcement last year that Neal Martin would assume responsibility for reviewing Bordeaux en primeur wines – barrel samples of the new vintage – commencing with his coverage of the Bordeaux 2014 vintage, published in The Wine Advocate magazine and on the RobertParker.com website in April 2015. Meanwhile, Robert Parker will continue his comprehensive annual coverage of Northern California, including the iconic regions of Napa and Sonoma, and he remains the president of the publication.
New grape varieties for Champagne: On April 12th the CIVC, Comité Champagne, in Epernay announced a 15 year programme to develop grape varieties for the future. Champagne makers face two main challenges in the following decades. In the worst case scenario temperatures could rise 4.5°C by 2100. There’s also the pressing need to develop vines that have a high resistance against diseases such as powdery and downy mildew. These new varieties would lead to a decline in the use of chemical products and so help the environment. This is an integral part of sustainable winemaking.