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Still in the saddle

A Change Is Gonna Come...

02-12-2014 | By: Luke Haines | Category: Opinions Beers Wines Service Japan Whisky / Whiskey

Tradition is all well and good, but are bars stifling creativity by enforcing nonsensical rules? » More

Still in the saddle

Why Nobody Is United On Units.

13-11-2014 | By: Luke Haines | Category: Opinions Beers Wines Spirits & Cocktails Service

Doctors and government officials like to bang on about units of alcohol, but does anyone actually understand them?! » More

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An inconvenient vermouth

30-04-2014 | By: Clinton Cawood | Category: Opinions Spirits & Cocktails Business Service Fortified Tastings

Weathering the tidal wave of aromatised wine » More

A sommelier story

Top training, top sommeliers

10-12-2013 | By: Fergus Muirhead | Category: Events People Wines Business Service Champagne

How I learnt to love the Ateliers Ruinart programme » More

Gonzo Cru Classé

Translate Sommelier to English!

21-07-2013 | By: Gergely Barsi Szabó | Category: Opinions People Wines Service

Amidst searching for the obscure (& possibly unpronounceable) we just forgot our customers language. » More

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The customer is always...wrong?

25-07-2011 | By: Chris Losh | Category: Opinions Service Sherry Venues

When service doesn't stand up to the setting » More

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It's open

17-02-2011 | By: Chris Losh | Category: Opinions Wines Business Service

Can of worms, Pandora’s box... whatever you want to call it, deciding to write about BYO earlier this month kicked off a fair bit of comment from within the trade » More

A master of wine lists

Wine complaint

14-02-2011 | By: Ronan Sayburn | Category: Opinions People Wines Service

The other day we had a complaint about wine service in one of our hotels, to be honest this is quite rare but i rang the customer to find out what had happened... » More

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Marking up

28-01-2011 | By: Chris Losh | Category: Opinions Wines Business Service

I’ve had a few sommeliers call me up in varying states of fury and dismay over the last few weeks to point out an article pointing the finger at restaurant wine mark-ups that appeared in Decanter » More

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Spaghetti (and) Western

18-08-2010 | By: Chris Losh | Category: Opinions Wines Business Service

Is the GWW buy-out proof that Enotria is back in the game? » More

The spirit of wine

Be careful of what you wish for!

15-04-2010 | By: Mark Deamer | Category: Opinions Wines Service

So what's the verdict Doc? I have put this question to my G.P. once before. "Well if you continue to play contact sports you will probably need walking sticks by the age of 40". And with that simple answer my dreams of persuing a career in (semi) professional sports vanished. » More

Wine & Bread

The Language of Wine

03-04-2010 | By: Garry Clark | Category: Opinions Wines Service

The world of wine is packed with a littany of descriptors, a veritable treasure trove of fruits, spices and confections all used to describe a drink. » More

The spirit of wine

The BYO Debate

26-03-2010 | By: Mark Deamer | Category: Opinions Wines Service

A pain or a useful tool. I wondrer if sommeliers see the value of letting customers bring their own wine to a restaurant? » More

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Glass half empty...

26-03-2010 | By: Chris Losh | Category: Opinions Wines Service

It’s about time sommeliers ditched their fashionable ennui and took a happy pill » More

The Travelling Sommelier

How to talk to the sommelier

25-02-2010 | By: Robert Giorgione | Category: Opinions People Wines Service

I was asked this question recently by a good friend of mine Carol Paterson-Smith. Very soon, she will be launching her own website Alpha Female and I will be her 'Wine Guru' providing advice to her clients. The primary role of the sommelier within a restaurant is to assist you making the right choice of wine. However, what is the right choice? Remember, always bear in mind, whatever the situation you are the guest and therefore the customer. A good sommelier will make sure that you feel comfortable and provide you with good advice appropriate to your individual needs, whatever you are eating, your mood and circumstances etc. » More

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