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NOBLE ROT ISSUE 28 // WINE JOURNALRegular price $19.00 Save $-19.00
Issue 28 – COSMIC CHARDONNAY
Published 28th February 2022
In this issue...
… interview intergalactically acclaimed physicist Professor Brian Coxand punk-poet laureate John Cooper Clarke. Cox blows our tiny minds moving effortlessly between explaining that black holes are made of curved space and time and his passion for Chardonnay, while the ‘Good Doctor’ Cooper Clarke whisks Noble Rot’s Suzanne Moore away on an epic extended lunch.
…travel to northwest Italy to meet some of Piedmont’s most exciting new winemakers, and profile Gattinara in Alto Piemonte.
…reprise Rotters’ ‘New Food and Wine Dictionary’ from Noble Rot 14 with fresh contributions from Brian Eno, Angela Hartnett and Ed Ballset al
… discover which birth year wines have been highs and lows for NBA legend Dwyane Wade, Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson, among others, and hear about Fay Maschler’s ‘Greatest Meal’ in Greece.
Meanwhile, our anti-social agony uncle John Niven reports on LA’s food scene, Marina O’Loughlin tells us why she HATES brunch, and we feature stories and recipes about Coteaux Champenois, hell-raising restaurateur Peter Langham, poulet à la mode de Charolles, why food and sex should never mix, and how to improvise a serviceable cheese board from your corner shop.
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Issue 27 – TRIP INTO THE UNKNOWN
Published 29th October 2021
In this issue...
...we present the definitive wine lover’s guide to truffles, with tips from Kermit Lynch, Clare Smyth, Brett Graham and Carlotta Rinaldi (whose interstellar Barolo is fêted by our raving truffle pigs on the cover).
…meet some of Burgundy’s most exciting new domaines and winemakers, including Charles Lachaux of Arnoux-Lachaux, Camille Thiriet and Domaine Dandelion.
… interview novelist Irvine Welsh, who reminisces about his little-known stint as a wine columnist for Marmalade magazine and the positive effects of European immigration on British food culture before you-know-what.
… take a post-lockdown tour of Paris’ best restaurants and wine bars, including Septime and Parcelles. The last time we wrote a guide to the City of Light was back in autumn 2014 (Noble Rot 6), after which we returned to London inspired to start our own place. This time around, we look at how many venues have made it through the challenges of the last 18 months, and what is new on the scene.
…hear about Diana Henry’s ‘Greatest Ever Meal’ at Moscow’s White Rabbit.
Meanwhile, we offer our usual quota of wide eyed wine and food wonderment, including Fay Maschler on cooking for dull people, Simon Hopkinson’s game bird accompaniments, Jon Bonné on the other side of Bordeaux, plus stories and profiles about Condrieu, pét nat, saltiness in wine, nobs spraying Champagne in nightclubs, the lost art of the savoury, and the obscure world of chicken Kiev Facebook groups, among much more. Someone’s gotta do it.
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Issue 26 – RIDING THE VINOUS RAINBOW
Published 29th June 2021
Elsewhere in Noble Rot 26, we tour Iran to discover what remains of its 5,000-year-old wine culture, and profile both Maison Trimbach ‘Cuvée Frédéric Emile’, and one of the most mouth-watering trends of recent years: smoky wine. We also present Simon Hopkinson’s wine memoir, and feature recipes from April Bloomfield, Henry Harris and Rowley Leigh, as well as stories about Meursault soup, French wine myth, fibbing chefs’ menus, classic wine books, rap music’s obsession with restaurants, the wineification (is that even a word?) of cider, and a reappraisal of the much-maligned Champagne flute.
Like most of the male population of England I’ve never even picked up, let alone read, a Jilly Cooper novel, so it’s enlightening to discover what Daisy Buchanan says they taught her about restaurants in ’Lust for Lunch’ (spoiler: like Daisy’s recent bestselling novel Insatiable, it’s filthy). And talking of bestsellers, we’re honoured to welcome again the ever-brilliant Caitlin Moran, who tells us why the ’80s themed feast Heston Blumenthal cooked for her rates as her ’Greatest Ever Meal’ as well as fast-rising star of Millennial literature Megan Nolan, who writes about hangover meals.
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Issue 25 – 'CHIANTI NOT CHIANTI'
Published March 2021
In this issue we escape to Tuscany between lockdowns to meet an exciting young generation of Chianti Not Chianti producers, including Montevertine and Tenuta di Carleone // Welcome Edinburgh’s master of dark comedy, and author of heroin-spiked classic Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh. He tells us how Covid restaurant closures have forced him to improve his culinary skills, and given him a new perspective on less-recreational uses for kitchen foil // Interview DJ Gilles Peterson and Brawn chef Ed Wilson about the joy of Romanée-Conti, and their recent sensory collaborations // Hear about Margot Henderson’s ‘Greatest Ever Meal’ at Paris’ Le Baratin // Feature queen of the interviewers and author of film sensation An Education, Lynn Barber, writing on discovering posh food and restaurants.
Elsewhere in the issue we feature articles, recipes and musings from Simon Hopkinson, John Niven, Marina O’Loughlin, Kate Spicer, Stephen Harris, Alastair Little, Alice Feiring, Alex Jackson, William Kelley and Rachel Roddy, among many others.
Editor Dan Keeling had a lot of fun writing an article about starting a cellar for less than £500, asking a host of top sommeliers/ winos including Pascaline Lepeltier, Eric Wareheim, Hot Chip’s Al Doyle, Raj Parr, Victoria James, and Vantre’s Marco Pelletier what four wines they would recommend as the foundations for yours. Click the pink box below to read it now...
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Issue 24 – WINE FROM ANOTHER GALAXY
Published November 2020
We’ve often thought a good book is a bit like a good restaurant: a cocoon in which you can escape the outside world. So, in this magazine issue, we celebrate our new, lockdown-proof getaway: Wine from Another Galaxy, the first-ever Noble Rot book. Written by Rot co-founders Dan and Mark, it charts the story of Noble Rot magazine and restaurants; covers themes such as how to order wine without fear, start your own cellar or talk about it without sounding like a bore; and celebrates our favourite bottles, and the dreamers that make them, in a ‘Rotter’s Road Trip’ across Europe.
Here, we dedicate issue 24 to celebrating its publication, enlisting some top vinonauts, including natural wine-oracle Alice Feiring and Beastie Boy Mike Diamond, to tell us about one of their own wines from another galaxy: a.k.a one that changed their perception forever.
On the subject of altered perceptions, this instalment’s special guest is former Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer – and food and wine lover – Ed Balls, who, having lost his seat in parliament in 2015, has undergone a remarkable reinvention: dancing Gangnam Style on Strictly, reviewing restaurants for The Sunday Times, and proving himself as an accomplished documentary maker with the superb Travels in Trumpland and Euroland. We meet him for one of our signature leisurely lunch interviews at Rotter HQ for the inside scoop on MP’s eating habits and his verdict on Trump Winery Chardonnay.
Elsewhere in this issue we profile Muscadet, Limoux and English wine (as well as reprising our famous 2015 English sparkling wine V Champagne tasting), Bursting Bubbles author Robert Walters questions some of the received wisdom on cellaring Champagne, Alastair Little tells us about his greatest ever meal, and Noble Rot Soho’s new Head Chef Alex Jackson gives us his recipe for plum and brown buttertart. Plus other recipes, stories and musings from Simon Hopkinson, Marina O’Loughlin, John Niven, Jake Missing, Jon Bonné, Rowley Leigh, Tim Hayward, Eileen Twum and George Reynolds.
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Issue 22 – THE DIFFICULT SECOND ALBUM
Published March 2020
In the cork poppin’, gut bustin’, merry makin’ new issue of Noble Rot magazine...
…we spotlight the wines of Catalonia and Jurançon, as well as Burgundy’s often under-appreciated Aligoté. From Els Jelepins and Pepe Raventos to Sylvain Pataille and the uber-cult Clos Joliette, we tell the stories behind some of Europe’s most exciting domaines
…we meet the ‘hedonist in the cellar’, novelist and wine writer Jay McInerney
…we travel to Épernay to taste a bottle of 1895 Pol Roger recently excavated from the site of the domaine’s historic 1900 cellar collapse, and ask how wines age.
…we take a retrospective look at 150 years of Soho restaurant culture, and Suzanne Moore celebrates Greek St’s famous Gay Hussar. Notorious in its day for being the lair of many a plotting politician, it will re-open as Noble Rot Soho in late-spring 2020
…we feature stories about Ballymaloe Cookery School, the 30th anniversary of Marco Pierre White’s White Heat and Emilia Romagna gastronomy, as well as reviews, recipes and musings from Simon Hopkinson, Marina O’Loughlin, Alastair Little, Andrew Jefford, Stephen Harris, Tom Brown, Russell Norman, Rowley Leigh, George Reynolds, Zeren Wilson, Simon J Woolf, Nina Caplan, Henry Harris, Morgan Dunn and John Niven, among much more...
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Issue 21 – LIQUID MEMORIES
Published Friday 25th October
In the cork poppin’, gut bustin’, merry makin’ new issue of Noble Rot magazine...
...we tell the story of how cult domaines Emidio Pepe and Valentini rewrote the reputation of Abruzzese wine
...we meet Hugh Johnson, one of the most popular and erudite wine writers of all time, to discuss working for Château Latour, moving back to London, and what it’s like to drink a 1540 German Steinwein(spoiler – it was nice)
…we delve into hip hop DJ and producer Madlib’s padded wine suitcase and find rare bottles of Le Montrachet and Keller ‘G-Max’which he keeps refreshed with on tour
…celebrated American novelist Jay McInerney writes about his greatest ever meal, at Ferran Adrià’s El Bulli
…we feature stories about Burgundy, wine bottle art, Roman food and restaurants, fondue, Moscow restaurant Twins Garden’s vegetable wines, as well as reviews, recipes and musings from, Fay Maschler, Simon Hopkinson,Marina O’Loughlin, Alastair Little, Lee Tiernan of Black Axe Mangal, Jon Bonné, Russell Norman, Rachel Roddy, Meredith Erickson, George Reynolds, Zeren Wilson, John Niven, and Jeremy Chan of Ikoyi among much more…
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Issue 20 - BACK TO LIFE
Published July 1st, 2019
we spotlight Tenerife and Portuguese wine. From island cover stars Envínate and Suertes del Marques, to the historic vineyards of Colares near Lisbon, we profile some of Europe’s most exciting winemakers
we meet one of Britain’s best loved cookery writers Nigel Slater and taste a selection of Noble Rot’s specially made wine and food pairing ice creams
we celebrate the release of alt-synth-poppers Hot Chip’s new album over dinner at Wandsworth’s Chez Bruce. As well as the inside scoop on their passions for music and gastronomy, we get their verdict on a selection of cuvees from La Dive Bouteille, France’s original natural wine event, also profiled in this issue
Mike Diamond from The Beastie Boys offers a ‘Hip-Hop Guide to Buying Wine on a Date’
we feature stories about Umbria’s Paulo Bea, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the early days of the Michelin Guide, and matching wine and chilli, as well as reviews, recipes and musings from Pierre Koffmann, Simon Hopkinson, Marina O’Loughlin, Alastair Little, Tomos Parry, Jon Bonné, Russell Norman, Tim Hayward, Rowley Leigh, Ruby Tandoh, George Reynolds, Zeren Wilson, Morgan Dunn and John Niven, among much more...
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Issue 19 - SHRINE TO THE VINE
In the cork poppin’, gut bustin’, merry makin’ new Noble Rot magazine...
we meet queen of wine lovers Jancis Robinson to talk restaurants and whether Marxism is compatible with an appetite for expensive Claret.
we spotlight the Jura, Savoie and Brunello di Montalcino. From Jean-François Ganevat and cover star Julien Labet, to Gianfranco Soldera and Stella di Campalto, we get the heart of the region’s most exciting wines.
we take a humorous look at wine and food trends in 2019.
... we go on a gastronomic tour of Florence, and visit JKS restaurants’ founder Karam Sethi’s favourite London curry restaurants.
we feature stories about football & wine, pasta and pecorino and reviews and musings from Fay Maschler, Simon Hopkinson, Marina O’Loughlin, Angela Hartnett, Jon Bonné, Russell Norman, Rowley Leigh, Kate Spicer, George Reynolds, Zeren Wilson and John Niven, among much more...
NOBLE ROT ISSUE 17 // Wine JournalRegular price $19.00 Save $-19.00
Published 9th July 2018
In the cork poppin’, gut bustin’, merry makin’ new issue of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un’s favourite wine and food magazine...
… we spotlight grower Champagne. From Jacques Selosse to Ulysse Collin, Noble Rot meets the pioneers and coming generation of this exciting region
…Caitlin Moran tells us ‘How Champagne Changed My Life’
...we meet Richard Russell, the A&R man who shaped XL Recordings, home of Adele, Radiohead, Dizzee Rascal, The Prodigy et al
…our roving wine critic and revolutionary Henrietta Handpump reports back from Bordeaux 2017 en primeur
...Andrew Jefford argues there are other things in life than being geeky about wine (Say wha?)
…we feature Noble Rot's 10 Best Food Scenes on Film
…we take a ‘quick snifter’ with cult Welsh illustrator and Hunter S Thompson collaborator Ralph Steadman
…feature stories about Cornas, Greece’s Xinomavro, Restaurant Snakes & Ladders, Vin de Seyssuel, Mont Blanc and reviews and musings from Marina O’Loughlin, Diana Henry, Russell Norman, Henry Harris, Jon Bonné, George Reynolds, Nina Caplin and John Niven
Among much more…
Noble Rot Issue 16 // Wine JournalRegular price $19.00 Save $-19.00
Published 1st March 2018
The new instalment of Noble Rot is another righteous journey through the best in food and wine where we...
• Spotlight Burgundy’s next winemaking stars including Domaine Cecile Tremblay, Bernard Moreau and Sylvain Pataille.
• Listen in to Diana Henry interviewing Californian food trailblazer Alice Waters.
• Meet singer Baxter Dury to talk Loire reds, making the album of his career, and growing up around “bonkers” musical icon dad, Ian Dury.
• Uncover some mythical gastronomic texts in Rotters’ Lost Cookbooks. Written by the good and the great of British cuisine, these are the recipe books you almost certainly will not have on your shelves.
• Feature profiles on Joško Gravner, Henri Jayer, the Manchester kebab revolution and the world of super-deluxe wine tastings, with stories, reviews and musings from Marina O’Loughlin, Simon Hopkinson, Stephen Harris, Rowley Leigh, Russell Norman, Olia Hercules, Neal Martin and John Niven, among much more...
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Wine On The Edge-
Published 19th June 2017
In the righteous new summer instalment of Noble Rot we...
Meet 'the good cook' Simon Hopkinson over lunch at London's 6 Portland Rd.
Visit Ribeira Sacra's vertigo-inducing vineyards, currently producing some of Spain's most exciting red wines.
Celebrate the last 30 years of British food in 30 iconic dishes.
Have 'a quick snifter' with Belgium's finest electronic music makers Soulwax.
Take a gut-busting tour of San Sebastian, the Basque Country's gastronomic mecca.
Meet the characters behind Russell Norman's favourite Venetian restaurants and bars.
Ask a cast of Rotters including Diana Henry, Fergus Henderson and Rowley Leigh to invent some new words for our Food & /wine Dictionary, a must read for all those suffering from fallergies, waggamumbles, or simply obsessed by neagh.
Among much more...
Noble Rot Issue 13 // Wine JournalRegular price $19.00 Save $-19.00
Where Everybody Knows Your Name-
Published 16th February 2017
The rip-roaring new instalment of Noble Rot magazine is an eclectic journey through the best in food and wine, featuring…
‘Critic’s Choice’: Giles Coren and Marina O’Loughlin choose their ultimate London meal.
The Beastie Boys’ Mike D talks fine wine and music: “1973 DRC Montrachet was a wine that immediately announced itself as monumental – like listening to your first Led Zeppelin album.”
‘A quick snifter with’ movie legend Francis Ford Coppola, Stephen Harris on the unforgettable high of a perfect white Burgundy, Marina O’Loughlin on airplane food, Rowley Leigh whining about wine in restaurants and Kate Spicer on what bottles are hot and what’s not in 2017.
Profiles of the new wave of Chablis, La Paulée de Meursault, Henri Jayer & The Dead Vignerons Society, Jean-Marie Guffens, the ‘other’ side of Bordeaux, Essex seafood mecca The Company Shed and recipes from Tom Kemble (Bonhams), Jacob Kenedy (Bocca di Lupo), Stephen Harris (The Sportsman) and Tomos Parry (Kitty Fisher’s).