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  1. Food and Wine Matching – October 2019
    Posted On: October 1st, 2019

    Food and Wine Matching – October 2019

    Poulet au Citron Now that my beloved (and vegan) progeny have departed to their seats of learning and the proverbial nest is empty (and tidy!) I look forward once more to roast chicken. I favour a simple recipe with lemons, for which I think Marcella Hazan is the fons et origo but I have cooked this so many times it...
  2. High Points of the Hérault
    Posted On: September 13th, 2019

    High Points of the Hérault

    As a keen oenophile and Francophile I have an enduring interest in the celebrated ‘Grands Vins’ of Burgundy, Bordeaux and the Rhône as well as less well-known wines from the Loire, Alsace and Provence but the region that is increasingly commanding my attention is the Languedoc. Specifically, the limestone outcrops of the Hérault, which lie between the Cevennes and the...
  3. ‘Adventures In Wine’ podcast, episode 16 – The Hérault
    Posted On: September 13th, 2019

    ‘Adventures In Wine’ podcast, episode 16 – The Hérault

    We’ve had great fun collaborating with our good friend and ‘artist in residence’ David Chandler over the last few months as he has been working on the illustrations for our bi-monthly seasonal offers.     Being both creative and technically adroit David couldn’t resist cajoling me into participating in some conversations about wine (‘adventures’ in his parlance) that can now...
  4. Food and Wine Matching – September 2019
    Posted On: September 3rd, 2019

    Food and Wine Matching – September 2019

    I have previously praised Rukmini Iyer’s ground-breaking ‘The Green Roasting Tin’ for the variety of its recipes and their ease of execution. That said, Ms Iyer, like most of her profession, is disingenuous about some of her prep times. ‘Ten minutes’ might be viable with a sous-chef but I need at least quarter of an hour for anything that involves...
  5. Food and Wine Matching – August 2019
    Posted On: August 1st, 2019

    Food and Wine Matching – August 2019

    Veg Every Day A recent trip to visit my octogenarian progenitress in Devon found her enthusing about a newly-acquired cookery book, the latest addition to an extensive library that dates back to battle scarred early editions of Robert Carrier and Elizabeth David. The volume in question was yet another offering from fellow Devonian, environmental activist and author Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall entitled...
  6. Ten Quick Questions for a Wine Aficionado: #20. Steven Spurrier
    Posted On: July 18th, 2019

    Ten Quick Questions for a Wine Aficionado: #20. Steven Spurrier

    1. Did you have a seminal wine tasting experience that made you want to pursue a career in wine? On Christmas Eve 1954, my first Christmas in long trousers, at the end of dinner in the family house, my grandfather said I was old enough for a glass of Port. The butler brought a glass, the decanter came round and...
  7. Hen’s Teeth
    Posted On: July 9th, 2019

    Hen’s Teeth

    Extremely costly wines are, unsurprisingly, often also very rare but it would be a mistake to conflate rarity and value. Bordeaux’s ‘First Growths’ command eye-wateringly high prices and yet are actually produced in relatively prolific volumes of 15-20,000 cases (of 12 bottles) per annum. Conversely, some wines are so rare that they are practically impossible to value. What price do...
  8. Food and Wine Matching – July 2019
    Posted On: June 28th, 2019

    Food and Wine Matching – July 2019

    For various reasons my household is consuming much less meat these days but meaty fish, like tuna or swordfish, is a welcome ingredient when any committed vegetarians are absent. Griddled Tuna Steaks with Mexican Rice and Tomato Salsa . Mexican Rice: Olive oil Spanish onion x 1 Garlic cloves x 2 Long grain rice x 200g Vegetable stock (hot) x...
  9. Van-tastic
    Posted On: June 11th, 2019

    Van-tastic

    Ever since Robin Yapp audaciously drove a 1955 long wheel-base Traction ‘Avant’ back as an unexpected souvenir from a French wine buying trip in 1985, we’ve had a penchant for vintage vehicles here at Yapp Brothers. They look wonderful in our courtyard in Mere and evoke a certain Gallic élan.     We were therefore devastated when our much-loved 1979...
  10. Food and Wine Matching – June 2019
    Posted On: May 30th, 2019

    Food and Wine Matching – June 2019

    To celebrate the end of exams and the school year I will be breaking out the barbecue in June for some relaxed entertaining at home. I favour a barbecue with a large surface area so I can bank the charcoal more heavily to one end and have a space without charcoal (and intense heat) at one side of the cooking...

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