Author: erica


The fascinating world of Pinot

The Enjoy Discovering Wine Alumni Club meet on the last Wednesday of the month at The Corner House in Winchester for an evening of wine education, tasting and socializing. The purpose of the Alumni Club is to offer wine education in a fun and relaxed environment. Erica discusses a new topic at each event and […]
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Taste in wine—let’s get personal!

Taste in wine—personal preferences This weekend was a stark reminder of how absolutely personal wine is to people. My husband and I visited two friends and between the four of us we could not have been more varied in our wine tastes. Taste in wine—fruity but dry One of our friends likes really fruity whites, […]

The Naughty Piglets – creative and delicious

My dear friends Tina and Michael have been trying to get me to The Naughty Piglets Restaurant in Brixton for a very long time, but it is tricky to get there from Hamble. So when they opened their second venue in Victoria, The Other Naughty Piglet, we managed to meet up. And I was so […]
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JSW Michelin Star – tasting menu

Tasting menu @ JSW Petersfield This was my third visit to JSW and I always opt for the tasting menu because it is great fun exploring one of my fascinations, food and wine pairing. The owner is Michelin star chef Jake Saul Watkins and there are options of six- or eight-course tasting menus. You can […]
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The Portsmouth Seafood Festival

Portsmouth Seafood Festival – NEW! The weekend of 24 and 25 June 2017 welcomed a new Seafood Festival to Portsmouth, hosted at Gunwharf Quays. I popped along to see what it was all about, they promised “a family event celebrating and promoting Portsmouth’s historic links with the sea and seafishing” and I believe they achieved that, it […]
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BYO wine pairing – MasterChef challenge

MasterChef winner I am very lucky that we have a wonderful BYO wine restaurant in Southampton Lakaz Maman. The name translates as ‘Mum’s House’ and the owner, Shelina Permalloo, was the winner of the BBC MasterChef in 2012. I have been a few times but went for lunch with two dear ‘foodie’ friends Tina and […]
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GCSE Results – Hospitality Career?

GCSE Results – Hospitality Career? If you have children who have recently completed their GCSE exams you will be waking up on the 25th August feeling a tiny bit anxious. For this is the day that GCSE results for 2016 are available for collection, and all the waiting and wondering will finally be over! GCSE […]
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