Monthly Archives: April 2011

Celebrate Malbec World Day tomorrow…by drinking loads of the stuff!


Having been to Argentina and drunk loads of Malbec, I know I never need an excuse to drink more, but I’ve got one tomorrow.  The 17th of April, tomorrow, marks the first Malbec World Day, that will see Wines of Argentina partner with wineries around the world to create a series of unique ‘vintage 2011’ Malbec wines – yummy!

In the UK, Chapel Down, one of the UK’s premier producers, is collaborating with Wines of Argentina to create an authentic Argentine Malbec with an English twist.  Chapel Down will crush, press and bottle the Malbec grapes which have been picked from Gaucho Restaurant’s vineyards in the heart of Argentina’s wine region in Mendoza. The wine will then be aged by Chapel Down, ready to be released on Malbec World Day 2012, when it will be sold in Gaucho Restaurants, at Chapel Down and at selected retailers around the UK as a limited edition.

To celebrate the partnership and creation of the wine, Chapel Down is inviting visitors on an exclusive tour of its vineyard and winery tomorrow, Malbec World Day, to explain how the wine will be made.  Guests will be offered tastings of Argentine Malbec and Chapel Down’s own wines.

Events, tastings and offers will also be taking place across the UK throughout April to celebrate Malbec World Day, including a large-scale Malbec promotion at Majestic’s 200 stores; a Malbec experience with authentic food; music and tango at the Sunday Times Wine Club Vintage Festival and a Malbec Tasting day at Harrods on Malbec World Day.

Gaucho Restaurants will be offering complimentary mini Malbec Masterclasses for all guests dining at a Gaucho restaurant up until 22nd April; and will also be hosting a series of events throughout the month at Gaucho Broadgate, including a ‘Meet the Wine Director’ dinner with Phil Crozier, a leading authority on Argentine wines and the inaugural Gaucho Broadgate Kilo Club dinner, with Malbec wines to match each course.

Happy drinking peeps!


New Hummingbird bakery to open in London


Another Hummingbird bakery, which will be the forth in London, is scheduled to open by June on Frying Pan Alley, Spitalfields – ideally situated for customers in the City’s square mile and Shoreditch – Yip Yip!

Image by Benjamin C. M. Backhouse

As well as a wide range of products including the yummy trademark cupcakes, pies and brownies, there will also be indoor and outdoor spaces for customers to savour their scrumptious purchases, and a dedicated consultation area for The Hummingbird Bakery’s bespoke ‘Cakes by Consultation’ service.

Selling a whopping 1 million cupcakes last year (I wonder how many of those I ate?), The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook shifting in excess of 450,000 copies, and the recently launched ‘The Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days’ ranking 18th place in Amazon’s bestseller list, the company is clearly going from strength to strength.  Further announcements on new bakery launches can be expected by 2012, as well as a load of new introductions such as the tiramisu, lemon meringue and apple crumple cupcakes currently on sale. Whoopieeeee!

Tarek Malouf, the founder of The Hummingbird Bakery, commented: “It is thanks to our customers’ continued support and enthusiasm for what we do that we are opening a fourth bakery.  Seven years ago, when we first launched, I don’t think anyone, myself included, ever imagined American-style baking and especially cupcakes would become such a big hit in the UK. Nevertheless, with our existing three bakeries and delivery service running at capacity, it is now not only possible but necessary to expand again to meet with demand.”

Jordans launches Creations Oat Granola


One of the first to bring granola to the UK almost 40 years ago, Jordans has just launched another new tasty addition to its range, dubbed Creations Oat Granola.

There are two new combinations to choose from; ‘Juicy Cranberry & Golden Honey’ and ‘Baked Apple & a hint of Cinnamon’, which both sound yummy to me.  As well as being tasty, they are also really healthy, as they both contain absolutely nothing artificial – i.e. no colourings, flavourings or preservatives, and even better, the oaty base is only sweetened with honey.

The other thing that caught my eye is that the company gathers oats from its own British Conservation Grade™ farms, where the farmers manage 10% of their land so that bees, birds and butterflies thrive – we like!

Bill Jordan adds: “I first tried Granola when I was a drummer in a band touring California in the 60s. It was a real eureka moment for me because oats are so nutritious and are the main ingredient in Granola.  As a family of flour millers at Jordans we knew all about the benefitsof eating wholegrain cereals like oats so Granola seemed to be the perfect way of making wholegrains really delicious. Creations is the next generation of Jordans Granola and I amreally pleased we are giving people another choice at breakfast which not only tastes great but contains all the goodness of oats and absolutely nothing artificial.”

Jordans Creations Oat Granola range is now available from selected supermarkets at an RRP of £3.49 for a 500g pack.