Pie and Mash – an authentic taste of London

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Food, Hotels, Restaurants & Pubs

Pie and Mash sign, Goddard's Greenwich

Pie and Mash – an authentic taste of London While I live ever more distant from my London birthplace, that doesn’t wholly quell its siren call. There are many things I don’t miss, but one thing I do is Pie and Mash, proper London food. There is, sadly, an ever-dwindling collection of emporia in London in which to eat it. …

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Serving Temperature – What’s Ideal For My Wine?

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Wine Tasting

Wine serving temperature

Serving Temperature – What’s Ideal For My Wine? I’m often asked, “What’s the ideal serving temperature for my wine?”  That’s usually followed up with, “And how best to achieve it?” Both questions are important because the serving temperature affects a wine’s smell and taste. Getting that right heightens drinking pleasure immensely. Every wine has its Goldilocks zone. A common suggestion …

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Tenuta Argentiera – You Got The Silver

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Italy, Sustainability

Argentiera fortress

Tenuta Argentiera – You Got The Silver Tenuta Argentiera is in Bolgheri DOC, a winery in Tuscany at the top of the fine wine podium. From seemingly nowhere, Bolgheri enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame. That was during this century, though now-fêted pioneers sowed the seeds some decades before. Bolgheri is one of several places in Italy where Bordeaux grape …

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The Isle of Eigg

Paul Howard Articles, Beer & Spirits Reviews, Blog, Travel

Eigg Map 1892

The Isle of Eigg The Isle of Eigg (Eilean Eige) is one of the Small Isles of Scotland and part of the Hebrides. It lies about 15 km off the west coast of Scotland, to the south of the Isle of Skye. It may only be about eight km long and five km wide, but it’s a singular place. This …

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The world’s your Oyster

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Food

Oyster & Champagne

The world’s your Oyster In Victorian times, Oysters were food for the poor. They were harvested in abundance from around British shores and were cheap. Oysters are a good source of protein, especially valuable when meat is an expensive treat. The situation is very different nowadays—oysters are a costly delicacy, thanks to overfishing and marine pollution. Sadly, many people have …

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Morellino di Scansano and Cantina Vignaioli

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Italy, Organic, Sustainability

Cantina Vignaioli del Morellino di Scansano

Morellino di Scansano and Cantina Vignaioli What’s in a name? Morellino di Scansano is in Tuscany’s deep southwest, occupying the central Maremma close to the coast. Much of this area was once wild malarial marshland before humans drained it. So, it was more suitable for horses, cattle, and sheep than vines. This was a poor area with relatively few inhabitants. …

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I Was A Marmite Baby – Spreading The Love

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Food

Ode to Marmite - spreading the love

I Was A Marmite Baby – Spreading The Love. Love it or hate it. Either way, in the UK, we take Marmite for granted. Like generations before me, I was brought up on the stuff. Seemingly indestructible, an open jar might last for years. However, it survives only a few days in our house. It’s a food that tastes like …

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Vajra Barolo DOCG – Part Two, Red Roses for Me

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Italy, Organic, Sustainability

G.D. Vajra Barolo

Vajra Barolo DOCG – Part Two, Red Roses for Me Part One of this article on G.D. Vajra introduced their estate and focused on their Langhe varietal red wines: Dolcetto, Barbera and Freisa. In Part Two, the focus shifts to feature three Vajra Barolo Cru wines. Each is a different expression of this famous DOCG from the 2019 vintage. As …

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G.D. Vajra Part One, with Three Langhe reds

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Italy, Organic, Sustainability

G.D. Vajra Piemonte reds

G.D.Vajra Part One, with Three Langhe Reds The G.D. Vajra winery is one of the great Barolo addresses. It lies at Vergne, the highest community in the Barolo DOCG, towering over Barolo town, three km away. Indeed, one of their best vineyards is nearby, the famous Bricco Viole (the Violet Hill), the westernmost and highest Barolo cru vineyard, at 497m. …

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Goetheanum Celebrates Centenary of Biodynamics

Paul Howard Articles, Biodynamic, Blog, Climate Emergency, Organic, Sustainability, Wine Business

Goetheanum Exhibition Steiner Blackboard drawing 1924.

Goetheanum Celebrates Centenary of Biodynamics The Goetheanum and the Biodynamic farming community worldwide have reason to celebrate this year. 2024 marks the Centenary of the philosophy and practice of Biodynamics. In the beginning It all began in 1924. European farmers saw increasing disease and susceptibility in their plants and animals. Furthermore, they already had concerns about the adverse impacts of …

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