Author Christine Parkinson

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.

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Martell star blog prize winner: November/December 2011 Happy people tell the world how they feel,…

Sparkling
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I’ll soon be obsolete. Not at Hakkasan, of course, where there’s enough work to keep…

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Hardly anyone ever orders dessert wine with their main course, however much producers might wish…

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If you’re not selling sake in your restaurant yet, maybe you should be. At the…

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I finally got to visit Italy’s Franciacorta region recently. Hakkasan doesn’t actually list any Franciacorta,…

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I almost managed to bag a bar of chocolate at LIWF this year. The Wine…

Fortified
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Everyone in the wine trade loves Sherry, but customers just don’t get it. Hakkasan lists…

Chardonnay
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How do you choose wine to match food, if you don’t know what’s on the…

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Project Sauvignon Blanc de Loire…. I’m sure you all thought ‘Sancerre’ or Pouilly-Fumé when you…

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