Dear Need To Know Members,
Our writers are always doing interesting things, a lot of which you get to read about on Need To Know. Sometimes though, there's more news…
Nina CaplanNina won Wine Writer of the Year. On Need To Know she brought us our first coverage in Montreal and also picked out a delightful winery in Burgundy where you can eat, drink and buy wine overlooking the vines. Nina's book The Wandering Vine: Wine, The Romans and Me (Bloomsbury) was published in 2018. 'Thank heavens for Nina Caplan, who brings a bit of hinterland to this often dry subject… The Wandering Vine, her first book, is about much more than wine. It's a heady blend of travel, literature, memoir, history and what I can only describe as psychogeography… The Wandering Vine has a depth and soul lacking in most wine books' – Spectator
Sarah GuyThis month, Penguin published London On Sea, Sarah's guide to the most interesting seasides a day trip from London. Destinations range from towns along the Essex and Suffolk coasts round to seaside favourites in Kent and Sussex. On Need To Know, read Sarah's highlights this month of quirky St Leonards-On-Sea.
Rachel HalliburtonOverlook/Duckworth recently published Rachel's novel The Optickal Illusion based on the true story of a woman who tried to sell Titian's secrets to London's Royal Academy painters in the late 1700s. On Need To Know, Rachel wrote recommendations from Kraków, Budapest and Santa Cruz. ‘The London art world of the late 18th century, with all is backbiting and gossip, springs vividly to life in The Optickal Illusion’ – The Sunday Times
This month's most eye-catching nominations from membersThanks to Holly Bygrave for nominating Mr P's Curious Tavern in York and to Greg Sewell for nominating Cerveceria Catalana in Barcelona. Our writers have put those on their list of places to visit. Natasha Hughes reviewed last month's nomination by Neil Cooper, Theo's.
Best Restaurant and Café
Best Bar and Pub
Best Thing to Do
Best Hotel and Resort