Feature Articles

We speak to......The Kensington Wine Rooms

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Here we visit the Kensington Wine rooms, one of London's best reputed wine bars located in London's Notting Hill to interview head chef Patrick Strauss, owners Thor Gudmundsson and Richard Okroj and general manager / head of wine Ollie McSwiney on the food and wines they recommend and also on the unique wine 'self service' concept this restaurant has.

French kissing - the start of a Loire affair...

View over Savennieres_Loire valley

The first boy I ever kissed was French. He was from Nantes in North West France and at the time he was the coolest thing that had ever happened to me. I’ve wondered since then how much this boy played a role in my love of France. Had he influenced me going on to study French GSCE, French A-level, get a Business & French degree and live in Paris for a year? The thought now of his prepubescent fluffy upper lip makes me hope not. But I still remember basking in the envy of my friends at school; I had French kissed a French boy. Très cool.

Essential Kitchen Kit

If anyone wants to have a go at some of my recipes I thought it would be useful to go through some of the indispensable utensils I use. Most are available either in large department stores or good on-line retailers.

How to Talk About Wine

'The Brothers Clarke with Other Gentlemen Taking Wine', a painting by Gawen Hamilton from the 18th century, depicting distinguished gentlemen tasting wine
Okay. I'll admit it. The title's a lie: I'm not going to give you instructions on how to talk about wine. In fact, please tear me apart with large metal hooks and display my eviscerated corpse upon a mighty stone obelisk if ever I do such a thing. Because, here's what I think. I think it's totally ridiculous that I can write an article called 'how to talk about wine' and nobody bats an eyelid.

Unusual food and wine matches - strange but satisfying

When it comes to matching food with wine, the most obvious options that come to mind are things like steak with a nice, robust red, or a crisp, dry Chardonnay to sink with a light, crunchy salad. Embrace everything adventurous and branch out, putting your taste buds to the test. You may be surprised at what you like.