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Christine Parkinson

Christine Parkinson started her career in the kitchen, and moved into management after 3 years as Head Chef. Responsibility for 39 restaurants eventually convinced her to follow her passion and concentrate on wine. In 2001 Christine created the first wine list for Hakkasan, and later became Wine Buyer for the group, which includes the Michelin-starred restaurants Hakkasan and Yauatcha, with operations in London, Miami and (soon) Abu Dhabi. She has been called “one of the most creative wine buyers in the UK” by wine guru Jancis Robinson, and recently received the ‘Taste On-Trade Influencer Award, in association with Imbibe’. When not on the phone to suppliers, she is often out on a motorbike, and is therefore probably responsible for most of the UK’s bad weather.

From food to wine

How to win Wine List of the Year!

20-09-2011 | Category: Competitions Wines England

Happy people tell the world how they feel, so I’m going to tell you how Hakkasan won the Wine List of the Year competition! » More

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Is Pinot Grigio really the new Chablis? I hope not

22-02-2011 | Category: Opinions Wines

I was in a smart hotel lounge the other day, the sort where wine and snacks are free. The white wine happened to be Chablis:quite a result, I thought » More

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Wine lab?

07-12-2010 | Category: Matching Sparkling Europe

We could all be obsolete soon. » More

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Sugar and spice?

09-11-2010 | Category: Matching Opinions Events Wines Germany

Hardly anyone ever orders dessert wine with their main course, however much producers might wish it. But what about wines that are not “stickies”, but do have lots of residual sugar? » More

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Sake – wake up and taste

09-09-2010 | Category: Opinions People Wines Japan Tastings England

If you’re not selling sake in your restaurant yet, maybe you should be. » More

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Franciacorta sparkles - but does anybody care?

09-07-2010 | Category: Opinions People Sparkling Asia Tastings North America England News Italy

I finally got to visit Italy’s Franciacorta region recently. » More

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If it works for chocolate ....

21-05-2010 | Category: Opinions Events People Wines Asia Tastings USA England

I almost managed to bag a bar of chocolate at LIWF this year. » More

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How do you sell Sherry?

06-04-2010 | Category: Sherry Spain

Bar Pepito is an offshoot of Richard Bigg's Camino. It's a tiny, brick-walled room, full of atmosphere with bins of Sherry across one end, high stools clustered round barrel-tops, and a simple menu of tapas. » More

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Blind food & wine matching?

03-03-2010 | Category: Matching People Sparkling Asia Chardonnay USA England

How do you choose wine to match food, if you don’t know what’s on the menu? » More

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Sauvignon Blanc de Loire

22-02-2010 | Category: Matching Competitions Business Asia White only Tastings France USA England

Project Sauvignon Blanc de Loire.... I’m sure you all thought ‘Sancerre’ or Pouilly-Fumé when you read that? » More

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