The flavour of things to come: taste and technology

As the British Library dedicates a season of events to food, Sophie Thorpe finds out how science is changing the way we eat and drink “I think it is a sad reflection on our civilization that while we can and do measure the temperature in the atmosphere of Venus, we do not know what goes […]

Notes from Down Under: water into wine

As Sophie Thorpe wraps up vintage for one year, the cycle shows signs of beginning all over again. Here she recounts part two of life as a cellar-hand at Pierro winery in Margaret River, Western Australia. Any winemaker will tell you that 95 percent of winemaking is cleaning; what they won’t tell you is quite how wet […]

Notes from Down Under: all in a day’s work

On her first foray into life on a winery as well as being “Down Under”, Sophie Thorpe shares her initial impressions on becoming a cellar hand, deep in the heart of Australia’s Margaret River “It’s going to be dirty. It’s going to be physical. And it’s going to be hard,” Nic Peterkin – my boss […]

On the table: Parsons

Parsons is the second establishment to open from the wine-minds behind Covent Garden’s The 10 Cases. We sent Sophie Thorpe along for an unexpected education in crab-cracking. There was – perhaps – a greedy swagger as I steamed into Parsons, an arrogance in anticipation of the brilliance that lay ahead. Oh how hungry and foolish […]