People & Places

Alexis Meszoly, head sommelier at London's Skylon on wonderful wines and a stunning location

Alexis Meszoly is sommelier at top London restaurant Skylon. An elegant and formal dining area, along with a top quality wine and cocktail list in their bar with breathtaking views, combined with beautifully created dishes makes this one of the spots to stop in London.

An interview with Atul Kochhar's executive chef at Ananda, Dublin: Discovering Indian cooking techniques and matching wine with the flavours.

Ananda is one of the most highly regarded Indian restaurants in Dublin, owned by Michelin star celebrity chef Atul Kochhar.
They offer a menu of authentic and traditional Indian dishes combined with a unique flair. Paired with it's striking décor and  prime location, this completes an opulent dining experience
Executive chef Sunil Ghai has spoken to us on what it’s like working with Atul and the wonderful world of Indian cuisine.

The beautiful Rieslings made by Eva Fricke

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It was in 2006 that I first met Eva Fricke. I was on a wine trip organised by Wines of Germany with some fellow sommeliers to visit vineyards in Germany.
One of the vineyards we visited was Leitz based in Rudesheim within the prestigious Rheingau region. We also attended the Mainzer Weinborse, which is a great opportunity to taste many German wines, meet many German winemakers, including those who are part of the VdP and to attend some interesting masterclasses.

Wine from Virginia

Red wines from Virginia

The wines of Virginia are starting to build a following and now I know why – they’re really good! 

We know California, we’re comfortable with Oregon and Washington State, we’re intrigued by New York’s Finger Lakes, and Virginia we’re just starting to hear about.

Atul Kochhar admits breaking the rules of food and wine pairing and reveals the best at Benares

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Atul Kochhar is an Indian born chef based in Britain and is one of the most critically acclaimed for his take on modern Indian cuisine. Atul was the first Indian chef to receive a Michelin star during his time at Tamarind. He then went on to create the world reknowned Benares restaurant, where he won his second star in 2007.

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