Nigel Williams presents My Taste with Bibendum Wine, a series of programmes interviewing renowned chefs and restaurateurs. Nigel will chat to the guests about their love of food and wine, discovering their favourite restaurants, wines and dishes, to give you the inside track. Our latest guests are the Hart brothers, Sam and Eddie, tapas kings and the brains behind the highly successful Fino and Barrafina restaurants.
THIS WEEK’S GUEST
SAM & EDDIE HART
Spanish brothers Sam and Eddie Hart have literally been brought up in the restaurant business. Their father is the well-known hotelier and restaurateur Tim Hart, owner of the legendary Hambleton Hall Hotel, whose restaurant has maintained a Michelin Star for over 20 years. Mix that in with all the influences from cities they have lived, including Mexico City, Madrid and Barcelona and you get their restaurants, Fino, Barrafina and Quo Vadis.
Determined to bring quality modern tapas to London, the Hart brothers set up Fino in 2003 with the aim of offering the best of both Spanish and British produce. Barrafina opened four years later delivering an authentic tapas bar experience and then came Quo Vadis in 2008, in which the brothers lovingly restored one of London’s most iconic and beautiful buildings to its former glory. In July this year the brothers opened their latest venture, a new Barrafina in Adelaide Street, Covent Garden.
Bibendum’s Wine Picks for Sam and Eddie
A fan of dry sherries, Bibendum selected the Delgado Zuleta Rodriguez La-Cave Manzanilla Barbiana NV for Sam. Manzanilla is the lightest, driest and most delicate form of Sherry, coming from a Spanish coastal town called Sanlucar de Barrameda. This is a wonderfully bright, light and refreshing example of a Manzanilla with fresh citrus aromas and flavours of dried nuts. It’s light with a tangy nutty palate and should be served slightly chilled. Perfect as an aperitif.
Eddie’s a big fan of game at this time of year so Bibendum chose the Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2013 from the Beaujolais region as a good match for gamey flavours. This is a fantastic example of a gamay wine made in the classic Beaujolais style. Dry, light and fruity with lots of spice and floral flavours coming through. It’s light with great texture and smooth tannins. It would make the ideal wine to drink with the Christmas turkey.
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