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Sussex Wine Bus Tour

sussex wine bus toursExplore two of Sussex’s finest vineyards on board the Sussex Wine Bus Tour, launching Saturday 24 May and running every fourth Saturday of the month until September 2014.

Hop aboard either our luxury coach or vintage Routemaster bus from Old Steine gardens in Brighton and be whisked to the award-winning Ridgeview Wine Estate at Ditchling for a vineyard and winery tour discovering why the South Downs are a world-class growing region for sparkling wine grapes.

Lunch will be taken amongst the vines courtesy of Brighton’s supper club queen Cantina, followed by a cheese tasting with David Deaves of La Cave á Fromage and a fun wine quiz with prizes to test your knowledge of English wines.

In the afternoon, the bus departs for Bolney Wine Estate where there will be a further tour of the vineyard and a closer look into still wine production, before a tasting of Bolney’s wide range of internationally acclaimed still and sparkling wines.

“The Sussex Gourmet Wine Bus Tour is a fantastic opportunity to visit a number of award winning local wineries with the added fun of wine tasting”, says Mardi Roberts of Ridgeview Wine Estate. “Visitors will be given an insight into the care and effort taken in our vineyards followed by an extensive tour of all the facilities of wine production including our underground cellars.”

Each of the tours finish back in Brighton for a complimentary cocktail at Be At One – the latest addition to the city’s burgeoning cocktail bar scene. With over 120 cocktails on their list, you’re sure to find the perfect seaside sundowner.

Launching as part of English Wine Week 2014, the wine tours are an extension of the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival’s ever-popular Sussex Gourmet Bus Tours, and will run ever fourth Saturday of the month from May to September.

Tickets are £75 in advance, including all tastings and lunch, and are available in advance from

Michel Roux Jr Recipes with Bordeaux Wines

Bordeaux Wines has announced a partnership with two Michelin star chef, Michel Roux Jr, to publish eight of his favourite recipes for casual entertaining at home.

Michel will be partnering with Bordeaux Wines to promote the 2013 Everyday Bordeaux Wines, a list of wines judged by the Association of Wine Educators to be some of the most delicious and affordable Bordeaux currently available in the UK, priced between £6 and £20 – the full list for 2013 can be found at

The recipes include Roasted Mackerel paired with a White Graves; Hot Pears with Roquefort and Walnuts matched with a sweet Première Côtes de Bordeaux wine, and a Cheese and Ham Pie accompanied by a Bordeaux Supérieur. These will appear in the ‘2013 Everyday Bordeaux’ booklet, 1 million of which should be in todays national newspapers.

The Bordeaux Wine Bureau is also producing short video clips of Michel preparing and cooking four of his recipes. These are all up on YouTube; one I’ve included Grilled Sardines with Ham, Basil & Tomato Relish below.

Michel Roux Jr Recipes with Bordeaux Wines:

Michel is best known for his Michelin star restaurant, le Gavroche, which he took over from his famous father in 1991, gradually changing the style of cooking to his. He appears as an expert judge on the BBC’s MasterChef: the Professionals, and fronted the new series of BBC Two’s Food and Drink alongside wine expert Kate Goodman earlier in 2013.

Michel’s latest book, The French Kitchen: 200 Recipes From the Master of French Cooking, was published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson on 24 October 2013 in hardback at £25 (Amazon has it at £12) (Ebook: £11.40).

Paris Fashion Week Wine Pairings

As the main event of the year’s style calendar is nearly upon us, Paris Fashion Week, French wine expert Gerard Basset talks about which styles of French wines we should be keeping our eyes out for this autumn.

Gerard Basset, World Champion Sommelier and the only person ever to simultaneously hold the Master of Wine, Master Sommelier and MBA Wine honours shares his advice on which wines would best suit some of the more famous British fashion icons.

Watch this Paris Fashion Week Wine Pairings video to get some handy hints as to what to look out for both on the catwalk and on the wine shelves this season

TOZI Restaurant & Bar Wine Club

tosi wine club

TOZI Restaurant & Bar is launching a Wine Club – a monthly complimentary event for all wine lovers starting on Monday 23rd September 2013.

Celebrating the restaurant’s all-Italian wine list, TOZI is inviting its independent suppliers to present their collections and guide customers through food pairing recommendations and the characteristics of different Italian wines. ‘Wine Club’ kicks off with an ‘Italian Bubbles’ theme, exploring the sparkling wines of Franciacorta from Brescia, a commune of Lombardy and Prosecco from the Veneto region. Ensuing sessions will focus on a different region of Italy every month.

‘Italian Bubbles’ will be presented by supplier Passione Vino, and invites diners to come and learn more about Italian sparkling wines and meet fellow wine enthusiasts. The selection on the night will include two kinds of Prosecco from the Malibràn winery and a selection of Franciacorta bubbles from La Montina winery.

Wine Club starts at 6 p.m. and lasts one hour, with diners encouraged to stay on and enjoy dinner following the tasting. Places are limited to 18 people on a first-come first-served pre-booking basis.

TOZI Restaurant & Bar opened in May 2013 and specialises in Venetian-inspired cicchetti (small-plates) designed for sharing. The cocktail bar features Prosecco on tap, barrel-aged Negroni and a selection of contemporary Italian cocktails as well as the signature TOZI Spritz.

TOZI is located at 8 Gillingham Street, just a few minutes’ walk from Victoria station. Cicchetti are priced from £3.50 and Prosecco by the glass is priced from £4.

Video: Summer wine and food pairings

Summer is the time of year we step away from heavy winter dishes to a healthier, alfresco style of living. We crave fresh fish, zesty fruit, nutritional salads and of course a lighter choice of drinks. The heavier red wines and stronger whites are also consigned to the back of the cupboard for the summer months, in favour of fresher, crisper, lighter, easy-to-drink rosés and whites.

We change our food palates in the warmer months for lighter and healthier choices but some of us may not that be that confident when it comes to selecting the right lighter wines for our summer dining or drinking. Recent research by Muscadet and Rosé d’Anjou wines revealed that despite most of us associating summer with white and rosé wines we still serve the same wines in the summer as we would in the winter.

So, how confident are you when it comes to serving the right lighter wine for summer dining or drinking? Would you serve the same wine in the summer as you would in the winter?

Wine expert Colin Deane knows all there is to know when it comes to wine; he holds the Wine and Spirit Education Trust Diploma and has judged for the International Wine Challenge. Trish Davies is an enthusiastic food specialist whose background has led her to a wide ranging culinary career including films, television and celebrity kitchens.

Trish shows us how to make some quick and easy tasty treats to serve and Colin shows us the perfect summer wine to enjoy the dishes with. Watch this video to get the most out of your summer wine during the current heat wave and to find out what makes these wines the perfect essentials to keep in the fridge.

Summer Wine and Food Pairings Video