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If you (like us) were inspired by Joe Fattorini’s visit to San Sebastian in this week’s episode of The Wine Show, you can sample some incredible Basque cooking right here in the UK.  Tucked away just behind London’s Marble Arch, Lurra is a Basque restaurant inspired by an ‘unplanned’ day trip the owners once made to the Spanish city of San Sebastian. Stepping into the clean, airy space and being immediately... read more

B.Y.O.C The clever chaps behind ‘Bring Your Own Cocktail’ have cooked up a date night like no other. Bring along your favourite tipple and let the expert mixologists pour you a cocktail perfectly suited to your tastes. The ideal way to shake things up and impress a date, or go along with a bunch of mates, avail yourself of the extensive snack menu, and have yourselves a celebration. B.Y.O.C has bars in... read more

If it’s romance you’re looking for, there’s no better way to show your love than to give your sweetheart the gift of an unforgettable trip to an incredible destination. There’s nothing quite so romantic as sharing a glass of wine while enjoying a tropical sunset, or discovering a local wine bar, tucked away in the back streets of a gorgeous Italian city.If you’re planning a trip with your special... read more

Stepping into East Dulwich’s newest wine bar, Terroirs, on a cold and rainy night in January, it’s a treat to hang up your coat, take a seat by the fireplace (there’s not actually a fire burning, but the fireplace is comforting nonetheless), and settle down with the huge wine list, as if you were curling up in an armchair with a well thumbed copy of your favourite novel. The exposed brick interior, the... read more

You know about Bordeaux, Champagne and the Napa Valley - 2018 is the year to step off the beaten track and discover some unlikely wine destinations producing the world’s most exciting new wines… what are you waiting for? United Kingdom Although it doesn’t get as much attention as its European cousins, the UK is quickly becoming one of the world’s most exciting wine destinations. While Sparkling Wine is at the forefront of British wine... read more

If you caught The Wine Show on Friday night, you were probably quite jealous to see Matt and James heading off to beautiful Cotignac in search of the perfect wine for the first course of a Provencal feast. We know we were! But wait, there’s good news: we’ve managed to snag the recipe for legendary chef Stéphane Raynaud’s enticing amuse bouche, and now you too can get involved in the action. Each... read more

Catalonia, an autonomous community of Spain, is well known for its vibrant cities, sandy beaches and relaxed, mediterranean way of life. From fresh Paella on the beach in Costa Brava to the distinctive ‘pinchos’ tapas dishes served on the Carrer de Blai in Barcelona, the cuisine is varied and flavoursome. Drawing inspiration from ingredients found in abundance along the Mediterranean coast, aubergine, garlic, tomatoes and other fresh vegetables feature heavily alongside many types of fish like tuna, anchovies... read more

You haven’t left the house in days, you’re surviving off turkey sandwiches and you’re not sure what day it is anymore… yes, it’s that strange and confusing time between Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve when nobody is quite sure what to do with themselves. If you’ve had a little too much holiday cheer, or are planning a big night to celebrate New Year’s Eve,... read more

Spotlight on Clos Figueras An introduction to the region In the 1980s, a group of wine enthusiasts led by René Barbier and Alvaro Palacios recognised the potential for producing world class wines in the Priorat - a wine region within Catalonia. They began to make their own wine in an abandoned chicken farm outside the village of Gratallops, eventually catching the attention of the international wine press and putting Priorat back on the map as one of the great... read more

December brings with it plenty of opportunities to let your hair down and enjoy the party season, as well as lots of cosy evenings for curling up on the sofa. Whatever the occasion, it’s a great time to enjoy all of your favourite seasonal treats like mince pies or a slice of brandy soaked Christmas pudding. To make sure you get the most out of every indulgent moment, we’ve got the low-down on the best sweet... read more