On the table: Clipstone

This month we sent Buyer Will Heslop to Clipstone, sister restaurant to the Michelin-starred Portland and a spot that impresses with impeccable service and small plates My spirits were high as we strolled north from Oxford Circus, escaping the hordes of Christmas shoppers for the genteel surrounds of Fitzrovia. The unseasonably fierce sunshine played its […]

Breathing new life into old vines

As part of our annual spotlight on Spain, Buyer Will Heslop expounds upon a group of winemakers looking to the country’s historic vineyards for new inspiration and the ultimate expression of terroir. The seismic shift in Spanish winemaking over the past 50 years has been well-documented. Investment, technology and the changing global market have all played […]

Eat, drink and sleep: Rioja

With our focus firmly on Spain, Buyer Will Heslop offers an essential guide to planning a vinous adventure in Rioja, with tips on bodegas to visit, must-try dishes and where to stay. The quickest way to reach Rioja is to fly to Bilbao and drive due south – within an hour, you’re among the vineyards. […]

Saving grapes

The wines of Greece have been experiencing a resurgence on our shores. While Assyrtiko and Agiorgitiko weave their way into wine drinkers’ hearts, one producer is reviving other, more obscure grapes from Greece’s past. Here, Buyer Will Heslop introduces Domaine Lyrarakis. Few producers can be credited with reviving a grape varietal on the brink of […]