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A wine tasting with a difference

In May 1976 the English wine critic Steven Spurrier presented some Californian wines in Paris. Fearing that the distinguished panel was so unfamiliar with them, at the last moment he paired them with some classy French wines like Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Las Cases and Ch. Montrose. In a blind [...]

May 26, 2023 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard: Nice food & drink

We have only visited 2 restaurants so far so I’m going to concentrate here more on the food and drink of Nice. Every morning we send Bob off to his beloved market le Cours Saleya and he returns with an abundance of fruit and vegetables of the highest quality. We have our breakfast of croissants, [...]

April 9, 2023 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard: a Spanish Day in London

Yesterday I went with Alice Mansfield to the Royal Academy to see the Spain and Hispanic World collection of Archer M Huntington, the son of a railroad magnate and avid collector around the turn of the twentieth century of Spanish paintings and artefacts. Alice considered Spanish art underrated [...]

February 6, 2023 // 0 Comments

A private cellar tasting

Yesterday I attended a private cellar tasting organised by a local Wine School. I enjoy these events where participators bring their own choice of wine. Mine was a Slovenian red bottled by Dveri Pax which went down well. My neighbour, who was clearly a wine connoisseur and was anxious you should [...]

November 18, 2022 // 0 Comments

Rathfinny Wine Estate

The Rathfinny Wine Estate was once a large arable farm but was acquired in 2012 by Mark and Sarah Driver who transformed it into a vineyard specialising in the cultivation and production of sparkling wine. Sussex wine growers cannot term it champagne – although their sparkling wine notably [...]

September 25, 2022 // 0 Comments

Estiatorio Milos

Milos is a Greek fish restaurant at 1 Regent St which I visited for the second time on Wednesday. Like Imperial Treasure (Chinese cuisine), which is opposite, it has raised the bar of ethnic cuisine. Fresh fish is flown in daily. I ordered grilled octopus over Santorini fava  which – in my [...]

July 1, 2022 // 0 Comments

A wine worthy of celebration

Last Friday day I arrived – the day before a 21st celebration – at the home of some old friends, one of whom has an excellent cellar. The weather was broiling so we ate late al fresco. My friend served a Chateau Neuf du Pape but the star of the evening was a bottle of Chateau Yquem. [...]

June 19, 2022 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/restaurant wrap up

Last weekend’s visit to Sanary and Cannes on Monday meant for some visits to some fine restaurants. At Sanary we always go to the Hotel de la Tour whose signature dish is sea bass baked in salt. It’s delicious but leaves you thirsty. Mireille does not hold back on ordering and the final bill [...]

April 28, 2022 // 0 Comments


As with the rest of our party I was delighted to be travelling again and to be back in Nice at my favourite time of year. The season begins in April 15 and early May on the Riviera becomes busy and crowded with the twin attractions of the Monaco Grand Prix and the Cannes film festival. Mind you [...]

April 17, 2022 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard /Roast, Borough Market

‘Roast’  is in Borough Market. It is new to me and things got off to a bad start when they had no sign of the reservation which I had booked through TheFork. I knew I had booked – and indeed had confirmation – so I was less than pleased. My guest, an actress whom I have known 40 [...]

March 23, 2022 // 0 Comments

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