Tomorrow and Thursday, 12 and 13 October, Purple pager Roger Jones is moving his Michelin-starred restaurant The Harrow at Little Bedwyn to Fortnum & Mason, the famous emporium on London's Piccadilly. Together with Fortnum & Mason he has arranged for an array of some of his favourite top Australian wines to be available at retail prices in the restaurant (see a similar arrangement at Notes2 wine bar in Covent Garden). To make a reservation, contact Fortnum & Mason on 0845 602 5694 or email@example.com, or book online here.
See also a major collection of tasting notes on fine Australian wines, including some of those below, to be published here on Thursday.
The Fortnum & Mason wines include:
Giaconda Chardonnay 2008 £95
Mac Forbes, Upper Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2009 £31 (also available by the 175cl glass in the wine bar in the basement food hall at £7.25)
Grosset, Polish Hill Riesling 2010 £34
Tyrrell's, Vat 1 Semillon 2003 £35
Clonakilla Shiraz/Viognier 2008 £41
Jasper Hill, Georgia's Paddock Shiraz 2006 £80
Cullen, Diana Madeline Cab/Merlot 2007 £75
Henschke, Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2005 £80
Torbreck Vintners, Run Rug 2005 £185
De Bortoli, Noble One Semillon 2006 £26
Campbells of Rutherglen, Classic Muscat £23
Amuse Bouche of Beetroot
Carpaccio of Highland Beef Fillet, Shaved English Truffles, PX Caramel
Lobster Fish Finger, Crab Salad, Tomato Ketchup
Wild Mushroom & English Truffle Risotto, Celeriac Puree, Artichoke Crisps
Wild Line Caught Cornish Sea Bass, Lobster Ragout, Tarka Dahl, Carrot Jus
Tempura Cornish Cod, Black Pudding, Mash, Mushy Peas
Kelmscott Pork; Faggot, Belly, Fillet, Greens, Apple Sauce
Welsh Rarebit with Ramsbury Bitter Bread, Celery Shoot Salad, Celery Salt
Chocolate, Praline & Pistachio Torte
Sticky Toffee Pudding, Vanilla Ice Cream
Asian Rice Pudding with Spiced Pears
Lunch from £35 - Dinner from £48
This Saturday afternoon, there's a free tasting of Mastrojanni Brunellos at another London pop up, Galleria illy. The famous coffee producer has opened a temporary pop-up gallery dedicated to art, literature, design and gastronomy on Rosebery Avenue, London EC1, close to Sadlers Wells.
Wine writer Jane Parkinson will guide participants through a structured tasting of some of Mastrojanni's best-known wines including Brunello di Montalcino 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 and the estate's relatively rare Schiena d'Asino 2004 and 2005. The Illy family have been on a buying spree this century, acquiring this historic Montalcino estate, Dammann Frères teas of Paris and Domori chocolate.
To book tickets for the tasting, at 5-6 pm this Saturday 15 October, please register at espressocrazy.com/events. Participants must be over 18 and photographic ID may be required. Galleria illy is at 7-15 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4SP.