Noble Rot #5 will be hitting doormats and shop shelves very shortly - we sent it to the printers today and expect it to be with you in the second/third week of September. We definitely think it is our best yet, and some of the highlights include:
* Recipes from James Lowe (chef/ owner of acclaimed new Shoreditch restaurant Lyles), Ben Tish (Salt Yard) and The Pontack’s Head (London’s first ever restaurant).
*A special guide to Champagne - one of the world’s fastest changing and most exciting wine regions.
*A tasting of the best Champagnes with chef Fergus Henderson & Trevor Gulliver, in celebration of 20 years of their iconic restaurant, St John.
*An interview with Paul Epworth, Adele’s co-songwriter and one of the most successful young record producers in the world.
* Profiles, stories and opinions about Pata Negra, Sine Qua Non, Wine & Weed and The Quality Chop House.
We have just spent a fantastic few days in Champagne, where we visited some of the regions best winemakers for coverage of the region that will be published in issue #5. Every tasting was fantastic, and the highlights included:
2009 Dame de Coeur at Savart.
1999 Cote at Bereche.
2008 Les Beguines at Jerome Prevost.
Substance and 2002 vintage at Selosse (we are pictured above with Anselme), but also an incredible Vin de Liqueur called ‘Il Etait une Fois’.
2000 and 2003 vintage at Krug.
NV Blanc de Noirs at Egly-Ouriet.
1983 Blanc de Blancs at Billecart-Salmon.
All in all it was a great trip, so look out for all the details in the next issue.
The first Noble Rot drinking club was a great success, so thanks to everyone that came and made it such a brilliant night. The tickets all sold out within a couple hours of going on sale and the response was so enthusiastic that we will definitely organise another one soon.
Stevie Parle and the team at Dock Kitchen served delicious food and the wine list was full of interesting bottles. Our favourite of the night was Clape’s 2000 Cornas, but the ‘85 Poujeaux, ‘86 Palmer and Ganevat ‘Chamois du Paradis’ were all top drawer.
Tickets are £35, which includes canapes and a main course by Dock Kitchen, plus a glass of Billecart Salmon Champagne on arrival. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (subject title ‘Drinking Club’), telling us how many tickets you would like up to a maximum of 4 per person.
Unfortunately, tickets are very limited due to size of venue and will be sold on a first come first served basis. Act now to avoid disappointment!
For more information check out our Drinking Club page, and follow @noblerotmag on Twitter for regular updates.
We’re delighted to be taking part in this year’s Real Wine Fair at Tobacco Dock in East London. RWF is one of the highlights of the tasting calendar and many of the most exciting winemakers in the world will be pouring their wines and chatting to punters on Sunday 13th and Monday 14th of April.
The event will also be a chance for us to launch Issue #4 of the magazine - it will literally (well, hopefully) be back from the printers the day before.
We hope to see you there!
We’re big fans of Monocle magazine, so when Tyler Brulé invited us to go on their Stack podcast to talk about Noble Rot and the magazines we love, we were delighted to get involved.
You can listen to the show (#81) here: http://monocle.com/radio/shows/the-stack/81/ or by downloading it on iTunes.
Our goal with Noble Rot is always to make the next issue better than the last, so for #4 (due out mid-April), we decided to spend some time in the Jura - visiting the top producers, eating some great food and coming up with some ideas for interesting articles.
Here we are with living legend Pierre Overnoy in Pupillin.
#4 will also feature LCD Soundsystem, Paul Epworth, Valentine Warner, Bruno Loubet, John Niven, Chris Kissack, Keith Levenberg and loads more. It will be our biggest issue to date and, we hope, well worth the wait.
Issue #3 has finally gone to the printers. It is due to be back with us on December 3rd and is easily our best issue yet - 30 more pages than #2, lots of colour photos and illustrations, not to mention some fantastic articles. Neal Martin, Richard Hemming, Lily Allen and Zucca restaurant’s Sam Harris all feature, and we also have an article from Hugh Jones, the recently crowned 2013 Young Wine Writer of the Year.
We’re still struggling to get our heads around it, but the Kickstarter campaign that we ran through October proved to be a massive success. Our target was to raise £8K, but in the end we amassed pledges of £11,600. Thank you so much to all of you that got involved, whether it be with a pledge or by spreading the word.
Now the mammoth task of delivering on all of our pledge rewards has begun. One of the most interesting things to come out of the campaign is the A2 screen prints of Louise Sheeran’s fantastic artwork from issue #2.
Dan has been busy packing them all securely and lugging them to the post office. Those of you that made the relevant pledge should be receiving your prints shortly…
Thanks again for your support!
Click here to view our page, watch our video and (hopefully) pledge to help Noble Rot really get off the ground.