While London restaurants remain shuttered, we’ve rounded up 10 new openings we’re looking forward to this year, from seafood sanctum Manzi’s to the Batman-themed Park Row.
California Wine Institute launches food and wine competition
The California Wine Institute has launched a new competition this month called Cook with California, which aims to show how well wines from the US state pair with British produce.
Chaine’s young chef and somm awards are back
The Chaine des Rotisseurs GB have announced that they will definitely be holding their young professionals competition this year – though slightly later than normal.
Sherry competition Copa Jerez announces this year’s judges
Copa Jerez, which sees teams of chefs and sommeliers build dishes and pairings around Sherry, has announced the judges for its UK finals.
Luxury wine wall with robotic arm and ‘virtual sommelier’ launches
A new luxury wine wall that features a ‘virtual sommelier’ and a robotic arm to select and deliver your chosen bottle via a glass hatch has been launched by WineCab.
Liquid Icons launches The Golden Vines Awards
Liquid Icons, founded by the late, great Gerard Basset OBE MW MS and Lewis Chester DipWSET, has announced the launch of The Golden Vines Awards, which will raise funds for, and promote, diversity and inclusion in the industry.
Gerard Basset Travel Scholarship open for entries
The Gerard Basset Travel Scholarship 2021 bursary is now open to UK-based sommelier entrants.
Barton & Guestier celebrate sommeliers with new project
One of Bordeaux oldest wine merchants, Barton & Guestier, has teamed up with some of world’s top sommeliers on a large scale project to celebrate their collective expertise in the on-trade.
CMS Americas appoints new board of directors
The Court of Master Sommeliers Americas has appointed a new board of directors following a sexual harassment scandal in October brought to light by The New York Times.
Amuse-bouches: The latest restaurant news bites
In restaurant news this week: chef Sat Bains starts a samosa business with his mother; organisers plan a second Hospo Demo, and sommelier Jan Konetzki gives his take on the latest restrictions.
Bert Blaize opens wine shop in classic car showroom
With car sales having taken a tumble this year, savvy sommelier Bert Blaize has opened a wine shop and deli in a classic car showroom in London’s Highgate.
Court of Master Sommeliers chairman steps down
Devon Broglie, chairman of the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas, has stepped down from his role following the sexual harassment scandal within the organisation exposed by The New York Times.