"There is something quietly civilizing about sharing a meal with other people. The simple act of making someone something to eat, even a bowl of soup ... suggests an act of generosity and intimacy. It is in itself a sign of respect." —Nigel Slater
We love food, and as Nigella so succinctly put it in How To Eat, “I don’t believe you can ever really cook unless you love eating”. We also love wine but are constantly surprised and disheartened by the kind of undrinkable plonk that folks routinely serve up at the table.
Wine goes with food, not as a faddy matching hint, but as an equal partner in a simple pleasure, life giving and life enhancing.
Good food can be expensive, simple food isn’t, but cheap processed junk food comes at a high physical price. We are anxious about what we put in our bodies so why do we attempt to save money on the wine we serve.
Ever been to a dinner party where the food was delicious but the wines came via an unscrupulous "3 for £10" or "was £9.99 now £4.99" offer designed to seduce us into accepting thin, sweet, raspberry juiced reds or neutral insipid whites as the norm. There are many producers who do not manufacture wine by the tanker full, making lovely stuff to go with simple meals at competitive prices. Such wines demand spending an extra pound or two per bottle but you are richly rewarded – and the food tastes better.
This is where we come in, to educate a little without being pedantic, snobby or overly nerdy, to help where needed and to simplify the buying process with a small and carefully selected range guaranteed to get you some much needed Liquid Spirit.
We recently had a little cook and a little drink, and tried our hand at a bit of food styling.
Although not narcissistic, possessing the kind of looks more suited to radio rather than photography – excepting Katie of course – we did fancy ourselves as competent hand models. Behind the scenes, things were not as perfect as Mark’s photos suggest. Tim and I smashed numerous glasses, ruined at least two tablecloths but had some great laughs and managed to warm Katie’s lovely food up in time for supper.