My Grandmother Rudd had told the ‘lost’ French lady of her grandson’s desire to work that summer in France and the lady had offered to find me a job. So, June 8th 1965, a week out of school, bundled into […]
Fifty years ago this month I finally fled school and, convinced by Brigitte Bardot, Inspecteur Maigret, Le Moulin Rouge and croissants that the French way of life was the one for me, immediately crossed over the English Channel.
This week, Laithwaite’s HQ has moved to shiny new offices a stone’s throw from our previous home of 15+ years. All went remarkably smoothly and my lot seem to be very pleased with our new surroundings. But in all the […]
Early in the ’70s I ventured behind the Iron Curtain travelling – nervously – in a converted Russian bomber which still had perspex turrets … presumably so it could easily convert back for WW3. But the trip was worth it […]
A couple of months back I was invited on to Jazz FM to discuss setting up Laithwaite’s. If you’d like to hear the show you can listen online by following this link.
Invented at Château La Clarière circa 1984. Still going strong at Marlow’s ‘Harrow and Hope’ winery in 2014.
The younger-looking one has been making wine for 73 years … Domaine Pontfract Monsieur Paul has been making his wine for 73 years. That must be a world record, no? He started aged 12 during the war when all the […]
… the most glamorous beach restaurant in the world. Marks the spot on Pampelone beach where the phenomenon that is today’s St Tropez began. St Tropez had been just a small fishing village nestled amongst vineyards until Brigitte Bardot made […]
… flash, bang, wallop; stones, is it, pinging on the metal table in the garden? No; hail! At first light – heart in mouth – out to check the vines. Very, very wet BUT … no damage I could see. […]
… as massive storm rages outside in the dark in Bordeaux. Early start to catch the 7.50 Gawick to Bordeaux. “Gate closes in 5 mins” she says, “so where’s your group?” 25 Laithwaite’s people – Brits and Americans – finally […]