House party hosting: The basic rules

As we all know, the high-street has become a difficult place for pubs to survive on. Once upon a time they were dotted around on most corners – and the majority of neighborhoods in the land had one on their doorstep. Then, economic issues started to squeeze them away. It means that more and more […]

Hinomaru Jozo Sake Tasting at The Sparrows Restaurant, Manchester

John was very kindly invited along to a supplier tasting dinner at The Sparrows. This little restaurant, which seats at most 12 diners, is tucked away on Mirabel Street, under the railway arches opposite Manchester Arena. It is a hidden gem, specialising in pasta and ‘Spätzle,’ a type of pasta that forms the base of […]

John’s Monthly Wine Recommendations, April

White Wine Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Greco Di Tufo. Campania, Italy. £10 ​Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Greco di Tufo From Campania in Italy, the favoured wine region of the ancient Romans. This is made from the Greco grape, named after the Greeks who were first thought to have brought this variety with them to southern […]

Advanced Sake Sommelier Course, Japan February 2019

Tuesday 12th February Trip to Gekkeikan Sake brewery, Japan’s biggest producer and exporter. Essentially a giant industrial complex. Our guide kept referring to it as ‘factory,’ rather than a  brewery. Sake was produced on a huge scale, mostly for domestic consumption at this site. Everything was automated- from the rice steaming, Koji making to the […]