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The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs have announced the winners of The Young Chef GB and The Young Sommelier Competition awards for 2019, with the Gerard Basset Tasting Trophy as a new addition.
Sitting in the luxury environs of the Dorchester Hotel, we could ask why such occasions are relevant at all to the public which they serve? I hadn’t thought of this before the awards dinner but fragments of statements picked up throughout the evening came together to illustrate a more interesting dimension.
Whether giving a master class to an enchanted audience of budding wine professionals or advising the world of fashion of what wines pair well with leading designer labels, Gerard combined good humour and expertise, making the experience of wine and gastronomy all the more pleasurable.
Gerard Basset, Master of Wine & Master Sommelier, was an unassuming towering figure in the world of wine. Scooping up the top awards including World’s Best Sommelier. Establishments such as Hotel Du Vin and TerraVina that he was part of, evolved as expressions of his excellence.
Condé Nast Johansens is delighted to announce the winners of the Champagne Taittinger UK Wine List Awards 2015. The winners were revealed at the 33rd annual Awards Dinner held at The May Fair Hotel in London on 3rd November.
Commenting on the entries head judge Sarah Jane Evans MW, Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine and award-winning wine writer, noted the ever-higher standard of entries. What scored highly were those lists that demonstrated value for money across the board, innovative promotions to engage and educate guests, the importance of adding personality as well as being easy to read, clear in its layout, engaging, well-designed and approachable.
“When you find the good ones, it is so inspiring. An award-winning list does not have to have pages and pages of wines; we were attracted by those that showed an individual character and an understanding of guests’ needs,” she said.
Offering a selection of wines by the glass and carafe, and different glass sizes have to be an industry must. Anyone not doing this is missing a key opportunity.
THE WINNERS, CATEGORY WINNERS & SPECIAL COMMENDATIONS
The Overall Winner of the Condé Nast Johansens Champagne Taittinger Wine List Award 2015 – Lime Wood, New Forest, Hampshire.
“This is a very readable, absorbing list that provides the reader with lots of lovely unexpected encounters. We particularly noted the confident organisation of the list by grape variety which encourages experimentation across the board. It is also extremely readable, well presented and certainly never intimidating. The stand out winner.”
Overall winner finalists – The Pig, New Forest, Hampshire (“a list of excellence”) and Quilon at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suits and Residences, London (“an innovative list with a difference.”)
Our four category winners were selected from all entries. They are:
Best Choice of Wine by the Glass - Danesfield House Hotel and Spa, Marlow, Buckinghamshire.
The judges commented “This is a cracking list that offers choice of wine by the glass by selection and category and prices to suit all occasions. The diner is encouraged and tempted to experiment with lesser-known wine producers as they are with Port and Sherry. A worthy winner!”
Best Champagne List - The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne, East Sussex.
The judges commented “An excellent choice of Champagne, sparkling and rosé wines offering an interesting choice all set within a classic list. Top marks!”
Best Value For Money - The Old Rectory Hotel, Martinhoe, Devon.
The judges remarked “A good all-round list that remains consistent from beginning to end with an interesting selection. In this climate, a wine list offering sensible pricing and a good selection scores brownie points – this list reflects this well.”
Most Innovative and Exciting Wine List - Quilon at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences.
The judges described this as “A list that is truly innovative in its categorisation and one that encourages the diner to set off on a journey of discovery. A top quality list”.
Each year, the judges look for elements of the lists that make them stand out. These are awarded special commendations – we present 4 this year.
Best choice of English Wines – Chewton Glen, New Forest, Hampshire.
“An exceptional and fashionable showcase that educates and introduces the diner to an array of diverse English – and Welsh - wines. Chewton Glen’s list impressively offers still, sparkling and rosé from over 20 different producers.”
Owner’s Choice – Penmaenuchaf Hall, Gwynedd, Wales.
“From the cheeky introductory notes to the overall honest approach, this list provides lots of things to like and is a great example of how the hotelier can really engage with the guest through an effective personal approach. Well done!”
Sommelier’s Award – Chewton Glen, New Forest, Hampshire.
“An exceptional and extensive list that encourages you to make friends with the sommelier and talk through the choices. It has huge depth and provides a fascinating selection from across the globe. Excellent!”
Education through Innovation – St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London.
“The use of luggage tags is an example of a brilliant interactive idea to help educate the customer as well as get them thinking about the particular wine they are drinking and the vineyard it is from. More of this please!”
Villa Maria hosts an intimate lunch for Cilla Black in honour of her upcoming special award at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards in 2014
Official wine partner to BAFTA, Villa Maria wines from New Zealand, was delighted to host an intimate lunch for television entertainer, actress and singer Cilla Black yesterday at fellow BAFTA partner, Hotel Chocolat’s restaurant Rabot 1745. Held in honour of the Special Award that she will be given at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards in 2014 on Sunday 18th May, the lunch was attended by General Manager Winemaking and Viticulture at Villa Maria, Alastair Maling MW, as well as close friends and colleagues who have played a significant part in her hugely successful career.
This year the Special Award is given in recognition of Cilla Black’s contribution to entertainment over her 50-year career.Regularly drawing audiences of around 18 million, she has hosted more than 500 television shows and made around 400 guest appearances on others. Considered a national treasure by the British public, she is one of the few television personalities that can be recalled by their first name alone.
Guests attending the event included some familiar names from the world of television including actor and TV presenter Christopher Biggins and actress Lorraine Chase. Fiona Mottershaw, Villa Maria Brand Manager also attended.
The intimate lunch took place at unique cocoa restaurant Rabot 1745 in London’s Borough Market. Guests were welcomed with a special cocktail made using Villa Maria Lightly Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc and called ‘Anyone Who Had a Heart’ after her 1964 No 1. hit single. They then enjoyed a specially prepared lunch with each course carefully matched to the following Villa Maria wines.
Ø The Roast and Conch Salad (Green leaves and herbs with smoked mackerel and cacao pesto,
potatoes, eggs, baked tomatoes, gruyere cheese)
Paired with Villa Maria Cellar Selection Riesling 2008
Ø Warm Cacao Spiced Eggplant (Roast cacao nib bread and herbed crème fraiche)
Paired with Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Gris 2013
Ø Seared Plantation Pork Terrine (Shaved cornichons, chairmans rum chutney and a rack of nib bread)
Paired with Villa Maria Cellar Selection Riesling 2008
Ø Braised Beef One-Pot (Braised cacao balsamic beef with herb and cacao nib dumplings)
Paired with Villa Maria Cellar Selection Syrah 2009
Ø Roast Fillet of Cod (Cacao nib spinach, celeriac puree, port nib sauce)
Paired with Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir 2012
Ø Rabot Risotto (Wild mushroom risotto cooked cacao vegetable stock, asparagus, cacao nib and cheese crackling)
Paired with Villa Maria Cellar Selection Arneis 2013 or Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir 2012
Ø Warm Banana and Cacao Nib Bread (Whipped rabot cream, warm pouring conched chocolate)
Ø Conched Chocolate and Coffee Mousse (Served with Brittany shortbread and Rabot 1754 ice cream)
Both paired with Villa Maria Reserve Noble Riesling Botrytis Selection 2011
The Arqiva British Academy Television Awards will be broadcast on Sunday 18 May on the BBC at 8pm.
Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2014
Renowned wine photographer Jon Wyand was announced as the winner of the Errázuriz Wine Photographer of the Yearaward at the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2014 awards reception in London on Wednesday night.
Jonathan Stevens, Errázuriz Regional Director, presented Jon with a £1,000 prize for his winning photograph ‘Dominique Lafon tasting at his cellars’ at the ceremony. Jon also receives a year’s supply of Errazuriz wine.
“The standards at this year’s competition were incredibly high with 6,000 images entered into the awards internationally,” comments Stevens. “Jon’s image really stood out from the rest in this category for its relaxed composition, the expression of complete absorption on the subject’s face and the capture of a perfect moment in time.”
Jon Wyand says: ‘Food photography has been flavour of the month for years, so it’s great to have more recognition for wine photography. While a food photograph stimulates the appetite, I think good wine photography of a vineyard or winemaker directly increases pleasure we get from tasting a wine by bringing us closer to its origins and creators.’
The Errázuriz Wine Photographer category, launched for the first time last year, was judged by Joanna Simon, Wine & Food Editor at House & Garden; Sarah Kemp, Publisher of Decanter and Yasia Williams, Deputy Art Director at Octopus Publishing Group. The category consists of images relating only to wine and is divided into three sub-categories: Produce, People and Places. Last year, professional photographer Tim Clinch won the inaugural Errázuriz Wine Photographer award.
Jon’s winning image, originally taken for the cover of Vigneron magazine in France, scooped the People’s section, while another of his shots ‘Burning Prunings at Les Perrières’ won the Place sub-category and was taken for a forthcoming book on the Hill of Corton. Paris based Owen Franken won the Produce section with ‘Two Bottles’.
More than 400 guests and finalists from across the world attended the awards ceremony, compered by chairman of the judges, journalist and food critic Jay Rayner.
Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year is an international celebration of the art of food photography. The top prize of £5,000 and the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2014 title was won by Tessa Bunney (Lao PDR) for her image ‘Noodle Making’.
The Real Wine Fair highlights wines which are made with respect for terroir and the provenance for the ingredient. We are therefore delighted to be working again this year with artisan food producers and restaurants who have a similar philosophy.
Most of the food will be located in one room adjacent to the wine tasting hall. Customers can try and buy, eat on the hoof, or take the food into the restaurant/bar next door and relax with a glass of wine, a beer or a coffee.
Duck Soup, the bohemian natural wine bar on Dean Street in Soho (and soon opening in Hackney), will be tempting customers with such dishes as lamb shoulder cooked in milk, broad beans & wild garlic and tarama and shaved kohlrabi and sesame salt on warm flatbreads. Donostia (the Basque name for San Sebastian, a city synonymous with culinary excellence) and a modern tapas bar in Marylebone, will be preparing simple, but tasty-sounding small plates such as slow-cooked pigs cheeks and arroz negro plus variations on a jamón theme. Award-winning restaurant Zucca specialises in homely, regional, well-executed Italian dishes including Cianfotta (a seasonal vegetable stew from southern Italy) and pork cooked in milk. Meanwhile, London's answer to River Cottage HQ, Handmade Food, is offering beetroot borani & feta with crispbread; marinated pigeon breast in flat bread with watercress and pickle, and Simnel cake.
Morito, sibling of Moro in Exmouth Market will be cooking lamb on the plancha with labneh, pickled chillies and green olives and serving grilled Tetilla cheese with membrillo and walnut bocadillo, whilst Real Wine first-timers Burro e Salvia, a pastificio in Shoreditch, will be making their signature fresh pasta from traditional family recipes. La Cour de Rémi, a small hotel with a fantastic natural wine bar in Bermicourt near Calais, are bringing the flavours of Normandy with them in their earthy bistro dishes including Pressed oxtail, mustard vinaigrette & roquette leaves; fried cuttlefish and pork belly ‘à la Ibaiona’ and Scallops, marinated with lemon infused olive oil
There's more. Androuet age and sell their artisan cheeses in Spitalfields and supply many of London's top restaurants. At the Real Wine Fair this year they will be presenting Androuet “Camembert de Normandie” (exclusively produced for them), ”Comte” 18 months, “1909″(ewe’s milk cheese they created for their 100 year anniversary) produced by Jean-François Dombre, and English cheeses like Westcombe. Customers can taste samples and buy a platter to eat at the fair.
And to drink? Workshop Coffee who have been sourcing, roasting and serving great coffee since 2009 and have two cafés, one in Clerkenwell and the other in Marylebone will be on espresso and cappuccino duty, whilst those seeking alcoholic refreshment can sip and sup at the stands of two small but beautiful artisan drinks producers based in North London. Camden Town Brewery is located in a couple of railway arches in Kentish Town. Their bottled beers include the crisp Hells Lager, the unfiltered American Hells, the complex Pale Ale and the Gentleman’s Wit Beer and a variety of ales on draught. Sacred Microdistillery is run from the kitchen of a house in the back streets of Highgate. They will show their award-winning London Dry Gin; London Dry Vodka made with numerous botanicals and their unique English Spiced Vermouth containing around 25 botanicals. New to the range are gins made from cardamom and pink grapefruit respectively and a delicious Rosehip Cup. Gin and tonics and English Negronis all round!
“The Real Wine Fair” is a two day wine event celebrating artisan growers who work with minimal intervention in the vineyard and the winery. 150 growers and winemakers will be pouring and presenting their wines to consumers, wine trade professionals and members of the press.
The 2014 event will be at London’s historic Tobacco Dock in Wapping, on .