LOWERS ARE the perfect finishing touch when entertaining. Why not learn how to create professional arrangements, at the Judith Blacklock Flower School, in a flower-filled mews close to the busy hub of Knightsbridge? A leading private flower school, it has been established for 12 years and has an exceptional reputationworldwideforteaching classic flower-arranging skills and cutting-edge floristry methods.
The courses are under the auspices of the British Accreditation Council (BAC) and the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD). There are timetables to suit all schedules and levels — including oneday classes, parttime tuition and intensive two-week training. Private tuition and group bookings are available upon request.
Judith is the author of 11 bestselling books and editor of The Flower Arranger magazine. She has taught worldwide and arranged the flow-
SUMMER 2013 ers at Kensington Palace on a regular basis. In 2011, she co-organised Flowers at Chicheley Hall, the largest cut-flower event ever staged in the UK. Judith makes regular television appearances and acts as consultant to companies including Topshop, Channel 4 and BT.
You can contact the school on 020 7235 6235, or see www. judithblacklock.com Kedem is bringing in some new, lighter wines for summer. They include a fruity Spanish garnacha (grenache) by Ramon Cardova, with a bouquet of cherries and wild berries, retailing at around £13.50 a bottle at independent kosher retailers. From Adir, one summery option is the Shiraz Kerem Ben Zimra (winner of a gold regional trophy from Decanter), with “a rich bouquet of concentrated black fruit, touches of cassis, a wide variety of seasonings, a few fresh greens, full-bodied and dominant but not controlling wood and a pleasant sweetness”. From the same Upper Galilee winery and also a Decanter gold medallist is the Adir Plato cabernet sauvignon, offering “a rich bouquet with red and black fruits... red raspberry, new wood, mocha and coffee, firm tannins”.
Rosé is quintessentially summery, so try the Rose du Castel 2012 (60 per cent merlot, 22 per cent Malbec, 18 per cent cabernet franc), with “tantalising aromas of strawberries, cranberries and cotton candy, fruity and complex on the palate with a mouthwateringly refreshing acidity”. This rosé has just arrived and looks set to repeat the success of the 2011 vintage.
From the Tulip Winery, which has made a name for itself with its Mostly range, comes a Mostly Cabernet Franc, again light in style and complementing summer dishes perfectly.
Looking for a wine that pairs well with barbecued food? Barkan has a new premium range, the Assemblage (French for “blend”). These are reserve-style wines, but designed for drinking straight away. Names to look out for within the Assemblage range are Eitan, Tzafit and Reichan. Eitan and Tzafit have “scents of black fruit, mainly cassis, which lead to aromas of tobacco, rosemary, nutmeg and old leather”, while Reichan has an aroma of mint-chocolate candy.