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Wine & Food Killers: Pumpkin, Mushroom and Ricotta Pie with Gentle Folk Village Pinot Noir 2019

Australia Claire Bullen Gentle Folk Pinot Noir Red wine

Wine & Food Killers: Pumpkin, Mushroom and Ricotta Pie with Gentle Folk Village Pinot Noir 2019

In my early days of learning about wine, Pinot Noir intrigued me from the start. There was its fickleness, its delicacy: thin-skinned Pinot is sublime in good years, but can be easily destroyed by early frosts, hail or other inclement conditions. For many winemakers, it's a heart-breaker. And it happens to make the kind of wine I like most of all: relatively light-bodied, glittering, vibrant with red fruit characteristics, silkily tannic. Pinot Noir is often described as having cherry and floral notes, though it is perhaps most distinguished by its forest floor character. I love “forest floor because it sounds,...

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Wine & Food Killers: Orecchiette with Yoghurty Herb Sauce and Spiced Lamb and Brash Higgins ZBO Zibibbo 2019

Australia Brash Higgins Claire Bullen Natural wine Natural Wine KiIllers Pasta White wine

Wine & Food Killers: Orecchiette with Yoghurty Herb Sauce and Spiced Lamb and Brash Higgins ZBO Zibibbo 2019

If there’s anything an indefinite lockdown scenario proves, it’s the importance of routine. In the absence of outdoor activity, self-imposed structure is the armature on which my weeks are now formed. On Fridays, I order takeout and cue up a movie. On Sundays, I do my weekly sourdough bake. And on Mondays, inspired by HB&B’s beer writer, Pellicle editor Matthew Curtis, I make pasta. If you want a suitably springy #PastaMonday recipe that takes under an hour to prepare (and uses pantry staples, plus generally accessible ingredients), I’d heartily recommend this one. Adapted from Sohla El-Waylly’s recipe in Bon Appétit,...

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Wine & Food Killers: Baked Feta with Za’atar Pita Crisps and Harvest Pinot Gris 2019

Australia Claire Bullen Harvest Natural Wine KiIllers White wine

Wine & Food Killers: Baked Feta with Za’atar Pita Crisps and Harvest Pinot Gris 2019

The thing is, it still isn’t spring. Not for a couple more weeks, and presumably those will be grey and rain-saturated like all the rest of this mild and humid and uncomfortably sodden winter. The daffodils keep blooming only to be knocked down again by Atlantic storms. Sunshine feels like a postcard sent long ago, across continents. I forget, until March, about this annual pre-spring malaise. Once longer nights and warmer temperatures return, it will disappear again. But until then, I’ve had to trick myself into believing in brightness. A first weapon in this fight: Harvest’s 2019 Pinot Gris, which...

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Wine & Food Killers: Pressure Cooker Short Ribs and Finca Decero The Owl and The Dust Devil

Australia Claire Bullen Natural Wine KiIllers Red wine Short ribs

Wine & Food Killers: Pressure Cooker Short Ribs and Finca Decero The Owl and The Dust Devil

I’m always looking for ways to do the holidays differently. Ham is predictable. Turkey – unless it’s deep-fried – can be dry and disappointing. Roasting beef to everyone’s specifications is enough to trigger a Christmas Day meltdown. But beef short ribs – especially short ribs that are given an East Asian cast by way of soy sauce, ginger and star anise, and which you can put in a pressure cooker and ignore – are an alternative worth investigating. Yes, I’ve joined the legion of Instant Pot devotees on the internet. Before getting one of my own, I scorned it for...

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