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Oath to the loaf

Comfort food. Everyone has a special dish that transports them back to a certain time or place. The smell of your Gran’s best sticky toffee pud baking in the oven, the salty, crispy crunch of your favourite pub’s fish and chips, or the creamy, decadent delight of that first bite of mac n’ cheese –…

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Oath to the loaf

Comfort food. Everyone has a special dish that transports them back to a certain time or place. The smell of your Gran’s best sticky toffee pud baking in the oven, the salty, crispy crunch of your favourite pub’s fish and chips, or the creamy, decadent delight of that first bite of mac n’ cheese –…

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Swimming caps at the ready

We’re an active lot at Phipps. Rachael’s the Kettle Bells queen , Jessie enjoys hard core circuits, Lowri loves yoga, Lucy can’t get enough of bootcamp, Lottie’s our resident marathon runner, Jen enjoys exercise retreats and Harriet cycles everywhere. But, a new sport has hit Phipps shores – outdoor swimming. Yes, you may think we’re…

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Simple Sunday MEATY bolognaise

I know it’s Monday and you’ll need to wait an entire week to enjoy this delight on a Sunday. However, I made this yesterday and it was so good that I’m sharing the details immediately. Yes it’s a classic dish, but stick to the below and you’ll have the meatiest, greatest bol ever. 6 days…

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Award winning football, award winning wine…

International Marketing Reports told us that not only did the German footballers win football’s biggest trophy, they scooped the prize for social media with the German football association’s Twitter and Facebook results going off the scale! But let’s not forget Germany’s other great award winner – German Wine. Not only did Wines of Germany social…

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Give it a Whirl 2014!

It’s no secret that a portion of the British public has been wary of German wines for a few years. Enter the Wines of Germany ‘Give it a Whirl’ tour! This summer, we’ve been on the road with our pub garden stand, sampling and spreading the word about German wine at a number of foodie…

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What’s in a name?

Over the years London Wine Fair has gained and lost more letters than anyone cares to remember LWF – LIWF – LIWSF – LIWF and finally back to LWF.  It’s almost as if the fair went on an international journey but decided that home was best after all.   And it’s true, for many reasons, partly…

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Talk about busy…

London Wine Fair always brings our wine clients from all over the world into town and we always have an entertaining time with them.  First off the Harpers Awards dinner with Matthew Clark and Wines of Germany at the Hurlingham where the Rieslings definitely got the biggest cheer of the night, then onto Rioja and…

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All aboard the Tio Pepe Sherry Ferry

On what was the sunniest day of April, the Tio Pepe Sherry Ferry sailed. A canal barge to celebrate Tio Pepe fino loaded full with sherry and Iberica tapas, transformed into a floating Feria de Jerez! The barge was decked out with bucket loads of ice cold Tio Pepe, Feria de Jerez bunting, traditional Spanish…

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On home soil

Having recently returned from a ski trip to Bulgaria that included rather a lot of hot, locally-produced Rakia with honey, I got to thinking about those drinks we regularly imbibe on foreign soil and how much better they taste when sipped in their country of origin. Whether it’s German beer, Mexican tequila, or a good…

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#Changetastesgood

I learnt recently how we can make such a big difference to others simply by making some very small changes in our own lives. Spending an extra few pence on box of Fairtrade tea which, based on average consumption, totals no more than a few pounds each year, really does make a huge difference to…

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Enter the new generation of discerning sippers!

Over the last few years, the term ‘recession’ has filtered into our everyday language, bringing up 16,300,000 results on Google and 90,400 on The Guardian’s UK website alone (18/03/14). While it’s clear to see that the marketplace for wine remains a challenging one, we are seeing signs of that other frequently used phrase, ‘economic recovery’.…