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Mr Christian’s  Ultimate Boxing Day Sandwich Recipe

Mr Christian’s Ultimate Boxing Day Sandwich Recipe

While the Christmas day meal is undoubtedly the peak of festive culinary activities, we have a sneaking suspicion that the painstaking effort is all in aid of what happens the day after: that’s right, the Boxing Day Sandwich. As a way of prolonging the feast, or as a kind of gluttonous “hair of the dog”, … Continued


A Day in the Life of a UK Wine Merchant: Bordeaux En Primeur Week

A Day in the Life of a UK Wine Merchant: Bordeaux En Primeur Week

One of the most traditional aspects of the wine trade is the annual phenomenon that is a Bordeaux en primeur campaign. I’m coming to the end of my eleventh en primeur vintage so I ought to have enough experience to share some insights into the rather peculiar aspect of the life of a wine merchant. … Continued


Spring Joy

Spring Joy

Even the most ardent lover of all things cold, wet and grey, must relish the onset of spring after a long winter. The excitement brought by simple delights – such as the first asparagus, the Boat Race, and the first daffodils – excite and enliven the spirit, as well as raise the sap! As the … Continued


For Goodness Sake

For Goodness Sake

Over the last decade, our tastes have fundamentally changed. The American obsession with craft brewing came to the UK shores and introduced us to resinous, bitter hoppy flavours through big IPAs. Likewise, the gin revolution – ginvolution perhaps – has introduced us to a whole new spectrum of flavours, ranging from the highly citric, through … Continued