HB&B Blog — Natural Wine Killers

Wine & Food Killers: Cherry Tomato Tarte Tatin and Arndorfer Schlehe Amber Wine 2020

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Wine & Food Killers: Cherry Tomato Tarte Tatin and Arndorfer Schlehe Amber Wine 2020

I’m writing to you from the middle of the late summer coda it didn’t look like we would to get this year – September ablaze with sudden sun that has us all pouring out of our houses, blinking in disbelief. In the past two days I have decorated my shoulders with mosquito bites and garlanded my neck and arms with faint sunburn. There is a bittersweetness to this moment and its brevity, but for now, the only thing there is to do is to soak it all in one last time. That’s just as true for what’s on your plate....

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Wine & Food Killers: Tiger Prawn and Squid Paella with Oriol Perez de Tudela Escabeces 2019

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Wine & Food Killers: Tiger Prawn and Squid Paella with Oriol Perez de Tudela Escabeces 2019

The other day I read a newsletter pondering whether “the vibes are off” in New York City this summer. This prompted me to wonder: How are London's vibes faring right now? After the last 18 months we’ve had, it’s not like we can just emerge and throw ourselves into a non-stop party without careening into an emotional wall at high speed. The perma-grey, monsoon-like downpours and fraught Covid debates aren’t helping. But in this strangest of seasons, I’m finding more moments of brightness, flashes of another, better world peeking through the cloud cover. There is the joy in sharing pints...

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Wine & Food Killers: Peruvian-Spiced Salmon with Green Sauce and Tomato Salad and Offbeat Wines Watchtower 2020

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Wine & Food Killers: Peruvian-Spiced Salmon with Green Sauce and Tomato Salad and Offbeat Wines Watchtower 2020

I love the food cravings that sneakily overtake you – the ones that crawl out of your subconscious unbidden. Most mysterious are the sudden desires for dishes that you haven’t thought about for years. All it takes is a minor change in temperament, a flicker of childhood memory or a phantom scent on the breeze, and that long-ago slice of cheesecake or baked pasta dish or pumpkin curry is conjured up once again. That’s how this recipe came to be. It’s been more than a decade since I last ate Peruvian roast chicken. As a university student in New York...

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Wine & Food Killers: Chicken Thighs & Lentils with Tomatoes, Herbs & Olives and Le Grappin Beaujolais-Villages Nature 2019

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Wine & Food Killers: Chicken Thighs & Lentils with Tomatoes, Herbs & Olives and Le Grappin Beaujolais-Villages Nature 2019

I love whites and rosés and pét nats in the summer as much as anyone, but I’m also a strong believer in the perfection of a chilled red when the sun finally rolls around. Case in point: Le Grappin’s blissful Beaujolais-Villages Nature 2019, made from grapes sourced from Lancié, just moments from Fleurie (one of 10 areas where premium Cru Beaujolais is made). Beaujolais' stocks have risen in recent years, as tastes have shifted towards lighter-bodied, more subtle and acid-driven reds rather than the previously omnipresent, over-oaked jam bombs. If you haven’t had Beaujolais before, it’s hard not to get on with the grape it’s...

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Wine & Food Killers: Halloumi Fries And Folias De Baco Pet Nat Renegado 2020

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Wine & Food Killers: Halloumi Fries And Folias De Baco Pet Nat Renegado 2020

I’ll begin with a controversial statement: To me, most French fries – chips – are… not great. Sure, there are always those first few transcendent fries in the bag, the ones that are still hot and crisp – the ones that cause the circuits of your brain to light up and throw off sparks at the sudden wallop of salt and starch and fat. But soon, too soon, that initial burst of activity dies down under the soddening accumulation of sogging potato and cold oil mixing together in the mouth. The textural variation, that devilish crunch, is lost, and with...

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