In restaurant news this week: Dining out in the UK is predicted to fall by over a third in September, London wine bar Top Cuvée gets ready to open a shop, and a MasterChef: The Professionals finalist prepares to open a West African restaurant in October.
Eight new Masters of Wine announced
Eight new Masters of Wine have been announced this morning, including two who are based in China and one from outside the drinks trade.
Tuscan producer pledges £1,500 to secure Italy’s first Master of Wine
A wine producer in Tuscany is sponsoring a second year MW student in an effort to give Italy its first Master of Wine.
Trade invited to celebrate the life of Gerard Basset
The life of Gerard Basset OBE, MS, MW, MBA, MSc (OIV) will be celebrated at a service of thanksgiving in Winchester in June, with all members of the wine trade invited to attend.
‘Save the old vines’ pleads Spanish Master of Wine
Spanish master of wine Fernando Mora is setting up an association to save the old vines of his native country, before it’s too late.
Unfiltered: Isabelle Legeron MW
A staunch advocate of natural wine, Isabelle Legeron founded RAW Wine in 2012, which has grown to become the world’s largest community of low-intervention organic, biodynamic and natural wine producers. Here, she shares her unconventional path in wine, and details of her her new venture, the London-based wine bar Neptune.
The best Champagnes of 2018
We bring you a full report from this year’s Champagne Masters, including all the medal-winning wines; an extensive analysis of the stylistic trends, and highlights from the competition – which comprised little-known labels and the most delicious fizz on the market today.