Le Vin C’est Pas Sorcier

In my quest to become as French as a pasty Northerner possibly can, and buoyed by starting a summer course at the Alliance Française in London, I decided to try and combine two of my favourite things: learning French, and learning about wine. My recent trip to un caviste in Avignon made me realise that, while... Continue Reading →

“What is worth drinking is worth thinking about”

"A Handbook of Wine: How to buy, serve, store and drink it", Wm J. Todd (first published 1922) In the week where Samuel Taylor Coleridge's coffin was rediscovered in a Highgate wine cellar and Fortnum and Mason published their food and drink awards shortlist, it seems appropriate to consider how writing about wine has developed over the centuries... 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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