HB&B Blog — Red wine

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

Claire Bullen France Le Grappin Natural Wine Killers Red wine

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

Claire Bullen Natural Wine Killers Pet Nat Red wine Spain

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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Wine & Food Killers: Spiced Lamb Meatballs with Saffron-Tomato Sauce and Couscous and Cantina Giardino Re Rosso 2019

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Wine & Food Killers: Spiced Lamb Meatballs with Saffron-Tomato Sauce and Couscous and Cantina Giardino Re Rosso 2019

Weekends right now are strange. For me, they’ve become long, often empty blocks of time, flattened without the normal pace of pubs, get-togethers with pals and general hubbub. Now, instead of seeing friends, I cook. And to keep myself entertained, I’ve started gravitating towards the recipes that feel a little more involved, that can occupy me for an hour or two. All the better if the end results fall in the broad “bowl food” category – soups, stews, braises, cheesy pasta bakes – that I can wrap myself around on the sofa. This recipe, dug up from the New York...

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Wine & Food Killers: Brothy Braised Lamb Shanks and Noodles with Mas Foulaquier Les Indiennes 2018

Claire Bullen France Grenache Natural Wine Killers Red wine

Wine & Food Killers: Brothy Braised Lamb Shanks and Noodles with Mas Foulaquier Les Indiennes 2018

When I started writing this column, the January blues were crashing into spiralling COVID-19 case numbers and deeper lockdowns, but I took hope from the fact that there is surely light at the end of the tunnel. I set out to write about how, in the absence of other options (and with the awareness of the privilege of having dependable shelter and enough food and income right now), it is best for us all to slow down and find relief in warming, home-cooked food and a good bottle of wine and a blanket nest on the sofa. That was the...

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

Australia Claire Bullen Gentle Folk Natural Wine Killers 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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