A note to all fine diners in the London area:

Bob Bob Ricard, a posh English diner in Soho, are launching their new reserve wine list in a few weeks and they are the first high end restaurant of their calibre to guarantee that they will add no more then a £50 surcharge on top of the cost of any of their reserve wines. This is a pretty remarkable decision when you consider the high end wines they are stocking and the price difference to those at other venues (stocking the same bottles).  

Highlights from the wine list include:

Bob Bob Ricard will be selling the 1995 L’Eglise Clinet for £170 -  it is currently on sale at The Greenhouse, Mayfair  for £345

Bob Bob Ricard will be selling the 1999 Bollinger Vielles Vignes Francaises for £294 – it is on sale at Maze for £710

Bob Bob Ricard will be selling the 1985 Haut Brion for £318 whilst at Claridges it is £1000

 Good Job Bob Bob, keep up the good work and may hordes of Vinophiles sing thee to thy cellar!

 

Bob Bob Ricard  

1 Upper James Street, Soho, London , W1F 9DF

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 3145 1000  

www.bobbobricard.com 

 

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As COVID-19 conspires with the grimmest of winds and rain to force a societal retreat behind our own front doors, the word ennui springs to mind. The muddle of displeasure is pierced when Natalia hands me a large bulbous glass of a liquid I do not recognise.

 

 

Britain’s lamentable exit

On the eve of Britain’s official departure from the EU, my partner and I decided to explore a small town on the Italian Riviera where thewintry cold doesn’t feel so much like cold war bite.

I had warned my significant other that I would be having an inverse departure party, a release of the sanity valve if you like!

 

Sitting inside the ancient castle walls inside the town of Soave, a short drive from Verona in northern Italy, the unique slightly almond aroma of the indigenous grape, Garganega, rises gently from my glass. The castle sprawls up the side of an extinct volcano that gives the region its variant soil structures that mark out the better quality of Soave wines.

 

Tanisha Townsend decided to move to Paris 4 years ago after regularly passing through the city en route to the world’s most famous vineyards. In fact, it was about 2 years ago at the Printemps de Champagne Bouzy Rouge tasting in Reims that I saw (who we shall now refer to as) GirlMeetsGlass chirpily speaking to her web followers on Snapchat.

 

The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, the final resting place of Saint James, rises out of the landscape, infested with antiquity. The rambling steep streets give way to shafts of dramatic light, emblazoned chapels, and tightly packed tapas bars, dusty, as old novels pressed together in antiquarian bookshops.

 

Driving into the Entre-Deux-Mers region from the north, the vineyards roll out like a bright green deep-pile carpet across the undulating land. It’s hard not to be excited about tasting wines with so much heritage, as we head to Chateau-Sainte-Marie to meet with 5th generation owner, Stéphane Dupuch. 

 

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