Starting on Monday 6th February, La Brasserie will be running weekly wine tasting courses throughout February, in association with wine merchant Roberson Wine.

Each week will have a different focus:

On Monday 6th February, the tastings will focus on the ‘What’ of wine. Six wines will be tasted. The first will be to help hone your wine tasting technique. Then there will be two whites, followed by two reds to help you identify the major varieties. Finally there will be a ‘blind’ test to see if you can spot the key characteristics of a particular variety.

The ‘Where’ of wine will take place on Monday 13th February. Again, you will have a chance to carry out six tastings with a blind tasting at the end of the course.

Monday 20th February will involve the ‘Who’ of wine. Whilst looking at the most important wine regions with  an emphasis on the modern vs. tradtional, two wines made in the same place from the same grapes – but made by very different winemakers – will be tasted. One will be a commercial wine and one from an artisanal grower. Then you will taste two wines from the same place and grapes, but one aged with oak barrels and one without. Finally you will taste two wines from Rioja to illustrate just how different modern and traditional techniques can make wines taste very different.

The ‘When’ of wine will be the focus of the final course on Monday 27th February. This evening will focus on the impact that vintage conditions and maturity have on the development of a wine and when the best time is to drink up. Why do some wines age and others don’t? Why do people obsess about 2005 but not 2004? All of this will be discussed, in addition to how you should store wine and what to look out for when selecting mature bottles.

So, if your new year’s resolution is to embark on a wine tasting course and to learn more about wine, here’s your chance. Each course will last for one and a half hours and will cost £45. Guests who join in on the wine tasting will receive a 10% discount for a post tasting dinner at La Brasserie.

Enjoy! x

Last night, after a long day which started with a 40km cycle ride for Cycletta in Bedfordshire and ended back in Chelsea, I went for a great Sunday supper at La Brasserie.

For starters, I had the salmon tartare with a cucumber martini:

The martini packed a punch and wasn’t overly sweet. Despite the mint, it had a savoury flavour which went so well with the salmon starter!

For my main, I ordered the haddock with poached egg on top and pomme frites as a side order. I’d forgotten to order any veg but I didn’t forget to order a glass of Sancerre to accompany it. I clearly needed the carbs!

And for dessert, I had the crème brûlée with a glass of muscat:

La Brasserie is located at the Brompton Cross end of Fulham Road, just a couple of doors away from Chanel, and it’s a fab place to try for either brunch, lunch or supper; or just to sit at the bar for cocktails.

After quite a long week, it was the perfect way to end a Sunday!

Café Delice is one of my favourite places to go for brunch. Located on the Fulham Road, it’s a real local’s hang out. A great place to while away the hours with the weekend’s papers and a detoxing glass of OJ.

154 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London, SW10 9PR. 020 7244 8316

When you walk along the King’s Road or around South Kensington, you’re likely to hear as much French being spoken as you do English; especially when you step into The Kooples. So needless to say, there’ll be a few celebrations going on today to celebrate Bastille Day in 2011.

Here are a few local tips on places to check out:

1. Kensington Palace Gardens Bastille Day Ball. This event will take place behind the French Ambassador’s residence and will be in aid of charities such as Médecins du Monde, For a Child’s Smile/Pour un Sourire d’Enfant, Centre Charles Péguy and others which are supported by the Fédération des Association Françaises en Grande-Bretagne (FAFGB). Tickets are £30 each and no tickets will be sold on the gate. To find out more and to book tickets, click here.

2. Le Colombier is one of the best restaurants in the area and if reservations aren’t already booked up, this would indeed be the finest place to dine for Bastille Day. 145 Dovehouse Street, London SW3 6LB. 020 7351 1155.

3. The French Martini at PJ’s on Fulham Road is one of my favourite local cocktails. It consists of Stolichnaya vodka, shaken with black raspberry liqueur and pineapple juice served straight up. PJ’s also make a fabulous French 75. Delish! PJ’s, 52 Fulham Road, London ,  SW3 6HH.

4. Chelsea Brasserie on Sloane Square will be serving a celebration menu, which consists of 2 courses for £19.75. This includes a glass of Ricard or a glass of Kir Royal. The added bonus is this menu will continue until 31st August for lunch (12pm to 3pm) and dinner (6pm to 7.30pm). 7-12 Sloane Square, SW1W. 0207 881 5999

5. La Brasserie is offering a 2 course set menu for £23.50 and a 3 course set  menu for £29.50, specially designed for today’s celebrations. 272 Brompton Road, London, SW3 2AW. 0207 581 3089.

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