La Cité du Vin est arrivée à Londres

It will come as no surprise that I love France and most of its exports. The language, the food, the countryside and the wine. This week, while unfortunately coming a not-very-close second in the Winerist writing competition, I did manage to win a tasting for two at Bordeaux Wines' pop up bar in Finsbury Avenue... Continue Reading →

Meeting the In-Laws and Other Reasons to Drink

June arrived this week, and if you listened carefully you could hear a universal declaration of "well, it's summer now" rippling around every office in the vicinity. It's a statement of intent to organise outdoor parties, picnics, and steadfastly barbecuing whether or not the forecast changes from 26 degree sunshine to humid thunderstorms in the... Continue Reading →

Drinking Outside the Box

This week's blog features a special guest appearance from one of the world's greatest humans, my friend Divya. As a wonderful person, and the only woman I've met with the same capacity for Malbec as I, she was the perfect choice to accompany me on this tasting. For my birthday a couple of months ago,... Continue Reading →

That Was The Week That Was

This past week will go down as a pretty mixed one. After leaving the beautiful city of Vienna on Monday afternoon, I returned home to news of a persistent pipe leak which, in summary, has been a Right Ballache to fix properly. Dripping overflows and faulty ballcocks aside, the week in wine was actually pretty... Continue Reading →

It’s Spring, Apparently.

Maranges Le Croix Moines, 1er Cru, Camille Giroud 2013 (13.0%) Available from Berry Brothers (£20.65 as of March 2018) Sometimes wine, like food, can be like opening a cherished book. Whether the characters are good (sipping a Nebbiolo in New York), bad (that time  I  someone drank too much Malbec and threw up consistently over a... Continue Reading →

Malbec, BM (before malady)

Slim pickins on the blog recently. After being struck down with an unpleasant stomach bug since the middle of last week, my appetite has been reduced to toast and lettuce, which might become the name of my future diet book. This has also had a detrimental effect on cracking through the wine rack, having no... Continue Reading →

Drop Some Knowledge: Wine Books

I love cookbooks. Reading them, cooking from them, collecting them. The neat Cookbook Corner in my kitchen has descended rapidly to various towering piles reminiscent of a university professor. To my mind, the best cookbooks are ones that tell a narrative. I want to understand the reason someone’s devoted their time to constructing the book,... Continue Reading →

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