Friday, 9 April 2010


The lovely Valentina Harris is launching a new website on 21 April - check it out because it is full of great recipes and tips from the master of Italian cuisine. She also runs cookery classes either in London or in the heart of Umbria, and France. Having been to one of her classes before, which are always set in idyllic environments, she adds expertise and sparkle at every step. Brava Valentina!

Wednesday, 7 April 2010


Well what do you know? Lidl of all places, have an absolutely superb Teroldego Rotaliano 2006 which is to die for.

The Teroldego vine is an indigenous variety of Trentino where it has found its ideal environment in the Piana Rotaliana. This Riserva is only produced in the best vintages from manually selected and harvested grapes of the most renowned areas of the Piana Rotaliana: Fron, Camorzi and Sottodossi. After crushing and destemming, fermentation occurs at a controlled temperature of about 25°C. The wine is aged for a minimum of twenty-four months, of which twelve months are in oak and the rest is in bottle. Taste: Complex, characteristic fragrance with a pleasant, ripe fruit aroma of prunes and blackcurrant. Full-bodied and well-balanced with a soft mouthfeel.
I love this wine, the older the better. I still have a bottle of 1968 in my cellar, will I ever bring myself to drink it? Be prepared to pay something in the region of £10 per bottle. Waitrose also have it sometime, look out for Mezzacorona. Teroldego 1006 from Dorigadi gets 2 'glasses' from Gambero Rosso, but I have not tasted this one. Get to know this wine, it's worth every drop


I am pleased to announce the Noodle Road, the documentary series presented by Ken Hom has just won the prestigious Peabody Award 2010
The George Foster Peabody Awards (Peabody Awards) are annual, international awards for excellence in radio and television broadcasting. First awarded in 1941 for programs from the previous year, they are one of the oldest honors in electronic media. Lambdin Kay, public-service director for WSB radio in Atlanta, Georgia at the time, is credited for creating the award, named for businessman and philanthropist George Foster Peabody, who donated the funds that made the awards possible. The awards are administered by the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia (UGA).
The Peabody Awards honor distinction and achievement within the fields of broadcast journalism, documentary film making, educational and children's programming, and entertainment.
The Peabody Awards were originally only for radio, but in 1948, television awards were introduced. In the late 1990s additional categories for material distributed via the World Wide Web were added. Materials created solely for theatrical motion picture release are not eligible.
- Noodle Road has been sold to 12 overseas stations aired in 40 countries
Please find below by Country, Station and Coverage

1 France Arte France, and German speaking Europe
2 Qatar Aljazeera Network Middle East & Arabic North Africa
3 Poland Canal+cyfrowy Poland
4 Japan NHK MICO Japan
5 Italy RAI / A Pic. Italy
6 Vietnam IMC Vietnam
7 Hungary Duna TV Hungary
8 Thailand BBTV Thailand
9 Spain TVC Spain
10 Mongol Mongol TV Mongol
11 Hongkong TVB Hongkong
12 Taiwan PTS Taiwan