Richard Craig's Wine of the Week - No.4
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Touraine Amboise Sec 2002  Domaine de la Perdrielle 12%  £9.50 Bordeaux et Beyond

This wine is still fresh and lively, very classic Chenin Blanc, complex, rich and gracefully ageing. Chenin Blanc is a very noble grape variety in the Loire. It is just a shame that most people come across it in fairly bland South African Whites!

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Domaine des Rocailles Apremont 2009 Savoie

DRINK IT NOW! and for the summer with strawberries!

White wines of the Savoie do not often find their way out of the region. Like Swiss wines, they are true local wines, drunk by locals in the locale!  Often dull and uninteresting, the wines that is!  I can whole heartedly recommend this for early Summer drinking at the very refreshing price of £6.07 Waitrose.  Made from the usually high yielding Jacquere grape, this wine is not for cellaring, it has an attractive slight spritz, which enlivens the relatively neutral and soft mouthfeel. It has a gentle, pleasing citrus finish and slips down very easily.

Breakfast at Tiffany's

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One of the most beloved of actresses, Audrey Hepburn, in one of the most memorable openings of a film

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur

Hot on the heels of our Rosh Hashanah series comes Yom Kippur. Once again, we have an introduction to this holy day from Rabbi Geoffrey Shisler who explains the meaning and practices of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

In part 2, Silvia Nacamulli and Sula Leon discuss the foods they prepare for the festive meal and the different ways in which they break the Yom Kippur fast.

Geoffrey Shisler Silvia Nacamulli Sula Leon

 

 

 

 

Life Is Meals

Life Is Meals

 

Screenwriter, novelist, award winner, journalist, playwright… just a few of the words that describe the literary careers of James and Kay Salter.  They are also responsible for one of the most delightful musings on food in print, Life Is Meals: A Food Lover's Day Book published by Knopf.

Whether writing about Peanut Butter, The Sandwich, Samuel Johnson's appetite for good eating or The Siege Of Paris this quirky collection is unequalled in its information, erudition and utter originality.

Extracts from the book are read by their son, the actor Theo Salter.  Enjoy!

Richard Craig's Wine of the Week - No.2

Two Classics from the anything but "classic" The Winery, Maida Vale  020 7286 6475 

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Champagne Carte d'Or NV, Amyot. £18.99


This Champagne is a "GROWER CHAMPAGNE" made from grapes grown and vinified by the name of the producer on the bottle. The Winery specialise in these. No Grande Marque multi, mega blends here! The current shipment of Amyot  is fresh, crisp and lively with attractive red current fruit acidity and a lingering gentle finish. It is 100% Pinot Noir, a true blanc de Noir!  This is in contrast to the previous shipment, which had a delicious creaminess with depth and complexity but without the raciness.  That is what you get with these very individual grower Champagnes, produced to the best quality possible, but with a little variation more often or not to do with the time/date of degorgement when the sediment created by the secondary fermentation is expelled and a wine and sugar solution is added. The more recently that this is done, the fresher, more lively the Champagne is the normal rule of thumb. Anyway, this is a delicious drinking physio suitable for many outdoor pursuits.

 

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Chablis 2008 Mosnier £15.99

This is top class minerally, dry, dry Chablis, no oak , fresh acidity balanced with restrained and pure fruit.  Stephanie Mosnier gave up her job in logistics to take over her father's domaine in the small village of Beine. Unlike many a modern Chablis, this one actually goes well with seafood and makes a bracing aperitif.

 

GM Foods Debate (Audio Broadcast)

GM Food Debates Audio Broadcast

The GM Foods Debate continues...

In a wide ranging and informative discussion, Michael Summers, an independent consultant specialising in plant breeding and biotechnology with more than 40 years international experience in the sector, talks to John Shrive about plant breeding and genetic modification.

Listen here

Bullets over Broadway

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In Woody Allen's wonderful valentine to Broadway Jim Broadbent deservedly won an Oscar for his portrayal of Warner Purcell, an actor who cannot stop eating the moment he's under strain. A gem.

Kriegie
Kriegie

Geoff Rothwell joined the RAF in 1939 at the age of 19. He miraculously survived 71 operations as a bomber pilot, but in September 1944 his plane crashed on the Dutch island of Texel and he spent the rest of the war in Stalag Luft 1 in Germany.

He talks about the food experiences of the 'kriegies' (prisoners of war) while looking at the illustrated diary kept by his room-mate, Bohdan Arct , later published as Prisoner of war: my secret journal.


Part One - Oberürsel Interrogation Centre 

Part Two - Stalag Luft 1 - Red Cross Parcels

Part Three - "Belt Up" - German Rations

Part Four - Kriegie Recipes and Spam

 

La Dolce Vita 2007
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La Dolce Vita 2007. The Italian-themed food exhibition at Olympia and we loved it!

The Importance of Being Earnest

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Michael Redgrave, Michael Dennison and Dame Edith Evans give as much importance to a cucumber sandwich as they do to being earnest.