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.
Unfiltered: Daniel Manetti, The Connaught
Daniel Manetti, head sommelier at the two-Michelin-starred Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, shares his joy at finally tasting a bottle of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, and why London is one of the best cities in the world to work in wine.
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.
Unfiltered: Neleen Strauss, High Timber
Neleen Strauss, the formidable owner of South African city spot High Timber, on serving Oprah Winfrey, the joy of a plate of anchovies with a glass of Albarino, and an altercation with a Texan with a knack for opening a bottle of wine with a handgun.
Unfiltered: Christine Parkinson, head of wine at Hakkasan
Christine Parkinson, once described as “one of the most creative buyers in the UK” by Jancis Robinson, recalls an encounter with Elvis Costello, a run in with a meat cleaver-wielding head waiter and how she could have ended up an astrophysicist.
Unfiltered: Piotr Pietras MS, Hide
Former footballer and director of wine at Hide, Piotr Pietras, reveals a love of cider, how he has his wife to thank for putting him on the path to becoming a sommelier, and why a Pinot Noir from New Zealand would be his top pick from Hide’s extensive wine list.