HB&B Blog — Orange Wine

Wine & Food Killers: Sri Lankan Pumpkin Curry and Kumpf et Meyer Utopiste Maceration 2019

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Wine & Food Killers: Sri Lankan Pumpkin Curry and Kumpf et Meyer Utopiste Maceration 2019

We all know pumpkins can be turned into pies, baked into cupcakes, blitzed into soups and dumped into lattes. Pumpkin curry, on the other hand, doesn’t get as much airtime during the annual gourd onslaught – and that’s a real shame. As the holidays approach, when spices are already in the air and steaming pots on the stove have never been more inviting, what could be better than a warm bowl of pumpkin curry? There are so many variations too – I’ve had, and loved, Punjabi-style kaddu ki sabzi, Thai gaeng ped gai faktong, Japanese pumpkin curry and, most recently,...

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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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Iago’s Wine Chinuri Skin Contact 2017 (Georgia)

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Recently, I happened upon a Twitter thread decrying those who would label orange wine as a “trend”. As Stephen Satterfield of Whetstone Magazine puts it, the style of wine has “been trending in Georgia and Armenia for, like, 8,000 years. We are talking about literally the oldest style of winemaking in the world.” It’s true that Georgia is home to what’s thought to be the world’s oldest continually active winemaking tradition. It’s also true that orange wines – and Georgian orange wines in particular – have only started appearing on wine shop shelves and restaurant menus relatively recently. For many...

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