Category Archives: Outside Roberson
by Marc Ditcham. Published February 7th, 2012.
On the 1st February, Joe (the retail manager) and I were cordially invited by LVMH to a trade tasting of the new and much anticipated release of the Dom Pérignon 2003 held at the Phillips de Pury & Company auction house/art exhibition hall. Unlike the official launch held on the 7th December 2011 where the [...]
by Joe Gilmour. Published February 2nd, 2012.
In the 1980’s, Norman Tebbit advised the unemployed to ‘get on your bike and look for work’. My advice is, forget about work, get on your bike and look for wine. Touring wine country can take many forms, most often (out of practicality) people opt for a car. Having been to many wine regions in [...]
by Marc Ditcham. Published September 22nd, 2011.
Wandering Champagne connoisseur Marc Ditcham continues his epic two day journey with a visit to Veuve Clicquot. Missed part one? Catch up now… The next morning I woke early to a stifling room and a groggy head, not helped by the defunct air conditioning unit and certainly not helped by the whisky sours and the [...]
by Marc Ditcham. Published September 15th, 2011.
Having been fortunate enough to be invited to join Moet Hennessy on a trip to Reims, Champagne in March I thought it was time to reflect and to share my experience of visiting two of the truly great Grand Marques; Ruinart and Veuve Cliquot. For many, waking up early on a Monday morning to face [...]
by Joe Gilmour. Published December 8th, 2009.
You have got your passport haven’t you Mark? With those seven words horror passed through the car as we realized the long drive to Burgundy was going to get even longer. Still, the way I figured it, everyone is allowed to forget their passport once in their life, if you do it for a second [...]
by Joe Gilmour. Published November 16th, 2009.
Continuing the Roberson ‘Hedonists Gazette’ part of the blog, it was with some excitement I sat down to lunch at L’Astrance, one of the most talked-about restaurants in France. Receiving its third Michelin star in 2006, this is a three star restaurant like no other, a fact that becomes clear very quickly. The dining room [...]
by Joe Gilmour. Published October 14th, 2009.
It was a bit like turning up for a blind date, casting my eyes around Heathrow terminal five, trying to identify my companions for a trip to Domaine Ott, who, I realised I had no contact details for. Luckily, there seemed a group who looked like they had just met each other and were talking [...]
by Mark Andrew. Published October 9th, 2009.
As a committed Burgundophile I have dreamed of one day being invited to join the ‘Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin’. It is a place where the crème de la crème of wine makers, merchants and writers come together to share the finest and rarest wines of Burgundy – and perhaps the world’s most illustrious drinking [...]
by Mark Andrew. Published August 14th, 2009.
During the month of August, The Ledbury restaurant in W11 has turned into the poshest BYOB in town and is charging zero corkage. So when a friend announced that he was organising his birthday dinner there, myself and Gav didn’t need asking twice. London isn’t short of great restaurants, but I have been meaning to [...]
by Paul Fisher. Published July 10th, 2009.
After three-and-a-half of the most exhausting, rewarding, painful, funny, emotionally draining, gorgeous, very long and hot days, we arrived in Paris. This has been an incredible experience for all four of us. We were with over a hundred people, all riding for their own charities. Some, very experienced club cyclists, on super road racers, aiming [...]