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Tasting Notes

La Tour d’Argent sell 200-year-old liquor

A number of classic liquors have been sold by the French restaurant at auction in London

Dutch collector Bay van der Bunt added to his world’s largest collection of old liquors at Christies auction in London yesterday. He purchased the entire lot of 6 bottles ofVieux Cognac Grande Champagne Fine ‘Clos de Griffier’ Café Anglais 1788. Parisian restaurantLa Tour d’Argentwere selling a portion of their cellar, some of which has been stored there for over 200 years. The cellar has survived two world wars and has managed to remain unscathed the entire time. The auction had a total of 180 lots of classic Armagnac, rum, port and arc, calvados and were all...

December 13, 2012

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Bite 2013 food event

The UK food and drink event is to be held at the Cotswold House Hotel and the Noel Arms

The Cotswold House Hotel and The Noel Arms will be playing host to a number food and drink related events running from the 27 January to 2 February. The events will include numerous dinners, lunches, and demonstrations that cover a wealth of tastes. From curry to chocolate,Bite 2013caters for all palates and will celebrate some of the finest flavours available in the UK. Chefs, celebrities, and retailers will be on hand to discuss all things food and drink. Well-known culinary faces at the event include Gregg Wallace, The Fabulous Baker Brothers, Prue Leith, Damian Allsop,...

December 12, 2012

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Wines for Winter

Paul Taylor A.I.W.S. writes exclusively for FOUR about getting the best wine for the Christmas season…

"Match the weight of the wine tothe food". Christmas is a special time of the year. It is a time for family, friends and celebrations. It is a time for good food and good wines and a time to forget about our worries and to enjoy the more sensual pleasures in our lives. Enjoy our tips for choosing the best wine.... Basics To plan your Christmas wines, consider the event itself. Is this a showcase for your culinary skills? Or is this a gathering for friends where the conversation is more important than the wines? The first event might call for vintage Champagne whilst...

December 11, 2012

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The Rogan empire spreads to Manchester

Simon Rogan has joined QHotels to run two restaurants in their Midland Hotel in Manchester

Simon Rogan will be adding to his growing collection of establishments with the recent news that he will be managing two restaurants in Manchester. He will be in charge of two restaurants at the Midland Hotel, one being The French, the other is the unnamed, larger bar and dining room in the hotel. The French is steeped in history and was the first Michelin star restaurant in the UK when it received the award back in 1974. It does not still own the star but currently holds 2 AA rosettes. The Hotel is in need of updating and the acquisition of Rogan will certainly add some...

December 10, 2012

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