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 […]

On the table: Cabotte

With Burgundy on the mind ahead of January’s en primeur, we sent Sophie Thorpe to sample the list at Cabotte Last week, I tasted a cheese like no other. A cheese that – bizarrely – I couldn’t devour a block of. A cheese so mesmerising that I have thought about it at least once every […]