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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 […]

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John’s Monthly Wine Recommendations, April

White WineSainsbury’s Taste the Difference Greco Di Tufo. Campania, Italy. £10​Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Greco di TufoFrom 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 Italy. Greco Di […]

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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 final […]

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John’s Monthly Wine Recommendations- April

White WineDefinition Series Chenin Blanc, South Africa. Majestic, £12.99.Majestic Definition Chenin BlancA good example of the style you can achieve from Chenin Blanc, when wine makers aren’t trying to squeeze as many grapes out of their vines as possible. Green apple and citrus, with a honeyed nose. Delicious stone and tropical fruit on the palate, […]

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March Supermarket Wine Recommendations

White WineALDI Champagne Veuve Monsigny Brut NV, France. £10.99.Aldi Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut NVEaster is usually a time for celebration, and bringing the whole family together. Therefore, I thought I’d push the boat out and recommend some fizz in this month’s supermarket wine recommendations. Good Champagne is never cheap. However, for a modest price, Aldi […]

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Champagne Bureau Masterclass at Sheffield Hallam University

The Champagne BureauThe CIVC (Comité Interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne) is a semi autonomous official body that looks after the interests of the thousands of Champagne vine growers and wine makers. It has several responsibilities, the most (in)famous perhaps being its fierce legal protection of Champagne’s status as a protected designation of origin product. However, […]

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