"Here, we dedicate issue 24 to celebrating its publication, enlisting some top vinonauts, including natural wine-oracle Alice Feiringand Beastie Boy Mike Diamond, to tell us about one of their own wines from another galaxy: a.k.a one that changed their perception forever.
On the subject of altered perceptions, this instalment’s special guest is former Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer – and food and wine lover –Ed Balls, who, having lost his seat in parliament in 2015, has undergone a remarkable reinvention: dancing Gangnam Style on Strictly, reviewing restaurants for The Sunday Times, and proving himself as an accomplished documentary maker with the superb Travels in Trumpland and Euroland. We meet him for one of our signature leisurely lunch interviews at Rotter HQ for the inside scoop on MP’s eating habits and his verdict on Trump Winery Chardonnay.
Elsewhere in this issue we profile Muscadet, Limouxand English wine (as well as reprising our famous 2015 English sparkling wine V Champagne tasting), Bursting Bubbles author Robert Walters questions some of the received wisdom on cellaring Champagne, Alastair Little tells us about his greatest ever meal, and Noble Rot Soho’s new Head Chef Alex Jackson gives us his recipe for plum and brown buttertart. Plus other recipes, stories and musings from Simon Hopkinson, Marina O’Loughlin, John Niven,Jake Missing,Jon Bonné, Rowley Leigh, Tim Hayward, Eileen Twum and George Reynolds.