31 Days of German Riesling

31 Days of German Riesling

This month we’re taking part in ’31 Days of German Riesling’, a month-long celebration of Germany’s signature grape. It’s a campaign involving independent merchants, restaurants and wine bars across the UK. We’re making a modest contribution by hosting a tasting of three wines this Friday from Pfalz producer Hanewald-Schwerdt.

Dr Hilary’s Cocktail Cabinet – The Aviation

Dr Hilary’s Cocktail Cabinet – The Aviation

Dr Hilary’s Cocktail Cabinet (our regular apothecary writes…). As we are well and truly into summer, I thought this week I would talk about Sacred Orris Gin (£37.70), a floral (ie summery), violet-scented gin with dominant notes of Italian orris root that some would describe as tasting like the colour purple!

Cautionary tales for Chablis fans

Cautionary tales for Chablis fans

Last Monday, we went to Hix Oyster and Chop House. It’s Oyster Happy Hour on weeknights which lasts for, er, three hours with oysters at £1.25 a pop. Hix also offers free corkage on a Monday. Winner, winner, fishy dinner. We took our last bottle of Billaud-Simon Chablis Premier Cru Mont de Milieu 2012…

Cowbell Stew

Cowbell Stew

We’ve let some Beavertown Holy Cowbell go past its better before date. Doh! We have knocked it down to £1.50 a can to get rid of it. We often think about food and beer matching, when we’re not thinking about food and wine matching, and what better match for Holy Cowbell than Holy Cow? Mr Prohibition Wines loves a good beef stew and here’s a recipe that uses out of date Holy Cowbell, based loosely on the Boeuf Bourguignon recipe from the late, great Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook.