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Celebrate London Wine Week With Canela Restaurant

canelaCanela, a brand new Portuguese Restaurant and Wine Bar will be celebrating London Wine Week with a series of wine tasting evenings taking place on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd June 2014.

Priced at £10 per person, each intimate evening will be hosted by two notable producers, offering guests a fascinating insight into the history, flavours and distinction of Portugal’s varied wine regions. After each hour-long wine tasting session, guests are invited to eat in the restaurant and enjoy £10 off their final bill.

In addition to this, throughout the whole of wine week, Canela will be selling wines priced over £35 per bottle at only £5 per glass. This gives Londoners the chance to taste premium Portuguese wine at a very reasonable price.

Celebrate London Wine Week With Canela Restaurant

Monday 2nd June 2014
Monday’s talk will be hosted by an expert from Torre do Frade, a wine producer from the Alentejo region, in the Southern half of Portugal. Torre Do Frade is a family-run, but well established estate that has been producing wine since 1839. Guests will be invited to try 3 Torre do Frade wines: White – ‘Virgo’, 2011, and Viognier, 2013 and Red – a premium wine, Torre do Frade, Reserva, 2007.

Also present at Monday’s tasting will be a representative from Queve Do Porto. The Quevedo cellar is a modern and forward thinking producer located in S. João da Pesqueira, a small town in the heart of Douro Valley. Focusing mainly on Ports, their Douro wine, is a fun, young, quality-driven wine, that has been marketed solely through Social Media. Guests will try both white and red 2011 Oscar wines.

Tuesday 3rd June 2014
Tuesday’s tasting session is led by Quintas das Arcas, an award-winning producer based mainly in the Vinho Verde region, in the Northern part of Portugal. Grown in a verdant and lush region, the Vinho Verde is a wine with unique characteristics and filled with youth and freshness. On the evening, guests will sample 3 varieties of the Arca Nova wine. The Arca Nova, 2013 (white), Arca Nova, Alvarinho, 2013 (white) and Arca nova, Rosé, 2013

The second producer present at Tuesday’s talk is the Vadio vineyard. Located in the Bairrada region, Vadio is a small family project whose wines present a very classic style that intends to respect the authenticity of that particular region and the character of its grapes. Guests will be able to sample the Vadio, Bairrada, 2013 white and the Vadio, Bairrada, 2009 red.

Portuguese Wine Tasting Evenings
Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd June 2014
From 6pm – 7pm
£10 per person, which can be later discounted if booking for dinner
33 Earlham Street,
T: 020 7240 6926

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.