Tarry Lodge, Port Chester and Perrini Negroamaro

I am instinctively suspicious of restaurants owned by celebrity chefs because I’ve been to some that are real stinkers (hello Michael Cain – UK super chef…I’m talking about you). The more restaurants a chef owns the less likely I imagine it is that they are paying close attention to the fine details. It is one […]

2010 Azienda Agricola Grillo Cabernet Franc

Tonight, Brian and I are tasting the 2010 Azienda Agricola Grillo Cabernet Franc at the recommendation of our local wino, I mean wine shop merchant. We told him we wanted to try a new red wine that wasn’t too expensive and that wasn’t boring (but not so interesting that it’s difficult). He recommended this easy, […]

Dove Stone Reservoir / Saddleworth Moor (and wine tasting)

Yesterday, I went for a walk in the Peak District with my husband Brian and our friends Mark and Richie. It was somewhat painful waking up early to be ready to leave the house by 9.30 given what an exhausting/intense week this has been for me, but it was totally worth it. This is a […]