A variety of vinous watering holes

We recently hosted a tasting event for a client in a high end kitchen and home design showroom. It allowed us to do things a little differently: we matched varying wines to the different rooms.


We began with Champagne and English sparkling in a modern country kitchen before moving to a sharp. clean-lined kitchen for a pure, taut Loire Chenin Blanc and then to an oak kitchen for, surprise surprise, an oaked Chardonnay. (I admit we may have over-thought this.) We finished with an eleven year old Bordeaux (matched with beef & Yorkshire pudding canape) and a 1991 Port in the snug with a roaring wood burner. It was a fun evening, and I like to think that it proves that we do not take ourselves too seriously.

With other members of L&W matching wine to Thomas Pink shirts on the same evening, it got us all thinking that while wine has strong links with eating and dining whether at home or in a restaurant, wine should not be restricted to such occasions. I have enjoyed a bottle of 1989 Bonnezeaux while being shown around an olive grove in Provence, a bottle of 1998 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling on the beach with fish & chips; and an old bottle of Joguet Chinon on top of Primrose Hill. It is not unknown for the team to enjoy a glass of wine leftover from a tasting on the 21:30 service out of Liverpool Street back to Suffolk. I have seen people enjoy a bottle of wine while sitting on the wall that surrounds Romanee-Conti. Colleagues have enjoyed Tio Pepe en rama at their beach hut; a bottle of unknown red on top of Scafell Pike (and an ensuing hairy descent); and in a punt on a hen do (probably Pinot Grigio blush).

Where have you enjoyed a memorable bottle of wine? Let us know!

Published on 07/01/2016 / By Adrian Heaven