The Giant Peach

Our blog about all things peachy


Ten Steps To Sunday Best

There are lots of recipes for cooking the perfect Sunday roast, but even the best involve hours of shopping, cooking and washing-up. That’s why we think our recipe tops the lot.   Ingredients 1. Top quality beef, lamb or pork from Aubrey Allen, butchers to HM The Queen 2. Crisp and golden (but not too brown) … Continued

Mano A Mano

If I had to drink wine from one country for the rest of my life that country would be Italy. No question. I would never be bored and rarely disappointed. From the racy mountain whites of Alto Adige in the north to the complex reds grown on the volcanic soils of Mount Etna in Sicily … Continued

10 New Wines for Summer

1. Hattingley Valley Classic Cuvée 2013 – want to be patriotic but never yet met an English wine you really liked? With medals galore from its first few vintages, Hattingley Valley stands up to any grower’s champagne. Made in an idyllic spot near Winchester, it captures fragrant English hedgerows and Summer skies in a glass. … Continued

Carry On Digging – a Madman in Chile

When a force of nature encounters the forces of nature, sparks fly.  Pedro Parra has made a name as South America’s leading soil scientist. In a continent with huge potential to make fine quality wine, and relatively little established “terroir”, wine-makers are making decisions every day on where to plant vineyards, and which grapes to … Continued

Americano & Filter – Style over Substance?

Coffee is a fashion victim. Time was, you wanted a cup of coffee in a restaurant or good food pub, you ordered a coffee. It came, fresh from the filter if you were lucky (stewed on a diabolical hot-plate if you weren’t). You added milk and sugar to taste and drank it. Then came the … Continued

The Rise & Rise of The Flat White

My name is Jo. And I am an addict. After nearly thirty years on the wagon I have fallen into the clutches of a dangerous new legal high – the Flat White. Its origins are hotly disputed. Did it first appear in Aukland or Melbourne? Maybe the Cricket World Cup should be burned and its … Continued

Ten Food & Wine Pairings To See You Through Life

Of all the things in life there are to be frightened of, wine (and what to eat with wine) should not be on the list. Food and wine are two of our greatest pleasures and greatest comforts. So eat what you fancy, drink what you like – and if you want a simple guide to … Continued

Which Vintage Champagnes Are Worth The Money?

Vintage champagne isn’t my everyday tipple. On very high days, when something in the business has gone staggeringly well, we open a bottle of Krug. It’s our “taking time to smell the roses” moment. But at £125 a bottle for the multi-vintage blend Grande Cuvée and nearly £200 for the 2000 Vintage, is it worth … Continued

A Taste Of Piemonte’s Great Wines

The second week in October isn’t the perfect time to drop in on a winery. Well it is and it isn’t.  As a veteran of many visits to silent, echoing cathedrals of stainless steel, it’s exciting to be there as trailers filled with grapes rumble into the yard and even sneak a few berries before … Continued