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 […]

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 […]

When is a vineyard ready for harvest?

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