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Noble Rot

"Counter-cultural and edgy..."

Established in London in 2013, Noble Rot magazine is home to some of the UK’s most exciting wine and food writing. This self-professed shrine to the vine has come a long way from issue one. Since then, creators Dan Keeling and Mark Andrew have opened the (brilliant) eponymous restaurants in London’s Bloomsbury. A bijou import business followed, and more recently, a second restaurant venue opened in Soho to great acclaim. Both these venues are must-visits for wine and food lovers heading to London.

Noble Rot publishes its much-admired and beautifully illustrated magazine about food, wine and popular culture quarterly. This must-read publication is brilliantly edited by Dan Keeling, who conducts contributions from a typically illustrious cast of crazy diamonds.

In 2020 Noble Rot published its first award-winning book, Wine from Another Galaxy. It’s been deemed the “Bible for all modern wine drinkers” by Rajat Parr, while Kermit Lynch (the doyen of American wine importers and author of one of the classics, Adventures on the Wine Route) says: “This book is a treat!”. 

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Noble Rot, The Birthday Issue - Issue #31

Noble Rot, The Birthday Issue - Issue #31

If you are into the anniversary gifting scene, traditionally it is tin or aluminium that is intended to commemorate the 10th milestone. Both are known for their inability to rust, and so it is with Noble Rot Magazine. Although gold might be a better fit in this case? To quote editor Dan Keeling, “from the first issue of Noble Rot, published in February [of 2013], we’ve been riding the tidal wave of change that’s been sweeping wine culture and, holy Hermitage, it’s been fun.” Of that, there can be little doubt. So, Issue 31 is a celebratory issue and a rollicking one at that. A decade’s worth of reflection, it's packed with the usual articulate contributions from a typically illustrious cast of crazy diamonds. Kicking the celebrations off is Marina Hyde, a columnist who epitomises the phrase, ‘the pen is mightier than the sword’. Marina O’Loughlin then offers an engaging narrative on the most influential restaurants of the decade and Mike D charts falling in love with Burgundy during the early days of The Beastie Boys in ‘The Hip Hop Burgundy Wine Cult’. William Kelley, Jancis Robinson and Alice Feiring are amongst a merry cast of writers reflecting on some of the wines that brought them joy over the last ten years—choices then tasted and given the seal of approval by, wait for it, The Chemical Brothers. Only in Noble Rot! Kate Spicer looks back on ten years of Noble Rot Sessions and assesses, “What We’ve Learnt About Humanity from a Decade of Noble Rot interviews” while Jay McInerney celebrates 60 years of Paul Draper’s Ridge Vineyards and Keira Knightley writes eloquently about her favourite meal. Then there are feature articles on Chassagne-Montrachet, Priorat, Oslavian Ribolla, wine auctions, digestifs, and the much-loved and missed wine importer Becky Wasserman-Hone. All up, a don’t-miss issue that is rot-to-trot.

Softcover, 120 pages. 169mm x 229mm Quarterly Wine Journal Published by Noble Rot UK Distributed in Australia by Ex Vinum

“Over ten years, Noble Rot has gone from niche, irreverent fanzine to essential reading for both obsessive fans and anyone interested in the worlds of wine and food. Fortunately, it’s still as beautiful, as packed with names - and as irreverent - as ever.”
Marina O’Loughlin
Noble Rot, The Birthday Issue - Issue #31
Noble Rot, Cosmic Chardonnay - Issue #28

Noble Rot, Cosmic Chardonnay - Issue #28

Hot of the press, Issue 28 of Noble Rot has now hit the Ex Vinum newsstand and, if we can use a vinous analogy—it's a cracking vintage. Dan Keeling’s articles on Piedmont’s newest winemakers and domaines, and the Côteaux Champenois are two of the standout pieces, but this is just the start. With its cosmic new collection of writing about wine, food and culture, Issue 28 doesn’t put a foot wrong. Professor Brian 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. Meet some of Piedmont’s most exciting new winemakers, and profile Gattinara in Alto Piemonte.  Reprise of the Rotters’ ‘New Food and Wine Dictionary’ from Noble Rot 14 with fresh contributions from Brian Eno, Angela Hartnett and Ed Balls et al  John Niven reports on LA’s food scene and  Marina O’Loughlin tells us why she HATES brunch.

Softcover, 120 pages. 169mm x 229mm Quarterly Wine Journal Published by Noble Rot UK Distributed in Australia by Ex Vinum

Noble Rot, Cosmic Chardonnay - Issue #28
Noble Rot, Don't Sulphur Fools - Issue #30

Noble Rot, Don't Sulphur Fools - Issue #30

In Noble Rot’s 30th Issue, Editor Dan Keeling asks, “Are the Sulphur Wars finally coming to an end?”. Keeling’s impassioned essay reels in the recent experiences of two talismans of the zero-sulphur movement, quotes the Bird (Charlie Parker) and, ultimately, argues for a cessation of hostilities. “We’re delighted that divisions over one of the most important methods for wine preservation and hygiene are fast giving way to a middle ground,” writes Keeling. Amen. Also in this issue…Saint-Joseph with Jean-Louis Chave and Jean Gonon, a profile of Corsica’s Sciaccarellu grape, France’s tiniest domaines, culinary legends Angela Hartnett and Delia Smith, Alice Feiring on temporarily losing her smell, and Brawn chef Ed Wilson on Beurre Blanc with Muscadet (RIP The Green Man & French Horn). All this, and more words of wisdom from columnists Marina O’Loughlin, Simon Hopkinson and John Niven, among much more. 

Softcover, 120 pages. 169mm x 229mm Quarterly Wine Journal Published by Noble Rot UK Distributed in Australia by Ex Vinum

Noble Rot, Don't Sulphur Fools - Issue #30
Noble Rot, Blind Faith - Issue #29

Noble Rot, Blind Faith - Issue #29

Editor Dan Keeling has introduced the issue 29 as ‘a personal favourite for a while’. We can see where he is coming from. So many great articles: Keeling himself on Blind Tasting, Róisín Murphy talking to John Niven about her dad buying a shark down the pub, Jake Missing attempting to interview the king of interviewers Louis Theroux, profiles on Sherry, Vin Jaune and Cretan wine, and Alice Feiring’s brilliantly titled The Mouse of Ill Repute. And not to be outdone with the puns, Grower Pair sees Rob Walters back this month with an article reflecting on two pivotal Champagne vintages. It’s also worth noting the artwork in this Issue is in ‘best ever’ territory.

Softcover, 120 pages. 169mm x 229mm Quarterly Wine Journal Published by Noble Rot UK Distributed in Australia by Ex Vinum

Noble Rot, Blind Faith - Issue #29
The Noble Rot Book: Wine from Another Galaxy

The Noble Rot Book: Wine from Another Galaxy

Forget everything you thought you knew about wine. Discover a whole new universe of wine culture and experiences with the founders of London's award-winning Noble Rot Magazine and Restaurant. “In a realm too often weighted by pretence and peacocking, the Noble Rot boys have drained wine of its bullshit, with a brilliant road map to loving bottles both great and small.” JON BONNÉWinner: Guild of Food Writers Drinks Book Award 2021Shortlisted for the Andre Simon Food and Drink Book Awards 2020The Times Drink Book of the Year 2020 

Quadrille Publishing Ltd; 1st edition (29 Oct. 2020) Hardcover: 352 pages

"It’s a good Burgundy of a wine book, one that deserves savouring"
THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Noble Rot has brought originality, humour and now space travel to the very serious business of drinking wine. About time too."
BRIAN ENO
"Beautifully produced, and very much sticking with the house style – modern, on-trend, whip-smart, and putting wine firmly in its context – this is book celebrates the sorts of wines that Noble Rot has become so well known for championing... wines that are compelling and authentic and often taking in newer regions and producers."
JAMIE GOODE
“Wow! What a book. Wine from Another Galaxy is a Bible for all modern wine drinkers.”
RAJAT PARR
The Noble Rot Book: Wine from Another Galaxy
Noble Rot, Sacred Lunch - Issue #32

Noble Rot, Sacred Lunch - Issue #32

Another delicious, action-packed slice from the Noble Rot crew. The special guest this time is one of the UK’s most iconic chefs. On the cusp of his 60th birthday, Noble Rot profiles St John’s Fergus Henderson as you’ve never seen him before. Sticking with the nose-to-tail theme, Henry Harris pens a tribute to offal in Earn Your Tripes. Also, in this issue, editor Dan Keeling profiles a selection of revolutionary growers challenging the status quo of France’s outdated appellation system—Jean Marie Guffens, stand up and take a bow—and Alice Feiring reports on Hokkaido’s emerging wine scene. There’s even an article on sausages, metallurgy and wine that makes you want to pack your bags and take a plane to Claremont-Ferrand. But that's not all: Battle of the Somm by Jon Bonne Cloud and Proud by Simon J Woolf Kitchen Kabinett by Ed Wilson Educating Peter [Crouch] by Dan Keeling The Vine Twitcher reaches Bordeaux

Softcover, 120 pages. 169mm x 229mm Quarterly Wine Journal Published by Noble Rot UK Distributed in Australia by Ex Vinum

“Counter-cultural and edgy...It’s a million miles away from the glitzy hell and mind-warping, shallow, dull content of most glossy wine magazines".
Jamie Goode
Noble Rot, Sacred Lunch - Issue #32
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“Counter-cultural and edgy…It’s a million miles away from the glitzy hell and mind-warping, shallow, dull content of most glossy wine magazines.” Jamie Goode

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