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.
Bollinger cellar master: Champagne 2018 ‘best’ of my life
In sharp contrast to last year’s extremely challenging harvest, Bollinger cellar master, Gilles Descôtes described 2018 as the ‘best’ of his life.
Pol Roger releases 2008 Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill
Champagne Pol Roger has released its 2008 Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill, which it has described as “the most investible Churchill we’ve ever made”.
Digby launches first glass designed for English sparkling wine
English fizz producer Digby Fine English has launched the first glass designed specifically for English sparkling wine in collaboration with Gurasu London.
2018 vintage in Sonoma ‘world-class’, says Christopher Jackson
Vintners across Sonoma County are in awe of the quality of this year’s harvest so far, with Christopher Jackson declaring the vintage ‘world-class’.
Léoville Barton trading at new highs
Four vintages of Léoville Barton have hit new all-time highs on the Liv-ex Exchange over the last month. Is it a label on the move?
‘Sexy’ 2016 Yquem released
The 2016 vintage of Château d’Yquem has been released but despite being hailed as “magical”, “moreish” and “sexy”, is it a good buy?
Napoleon era Cognac sells for over £200,000
A Napoleon era Cognac from 1805 has sold for over £200,000 at Hedonism Wines in Mayfair, making it one of the most expensive bottles of Cognac ever sold in the UK.
Almaviva 2016 released
The rush of non-Bordeaux labels coming out of La Place continues this morning with the release of the 2016 Almaviva.
Cooperative Champagnes beat famous brands in big fizz tasting
A major blind tasting of Champagnes last month saw lesser-known labels from the region’s cooperatives score better than famous bottles of branded fizz.