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 →

“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 →

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 →

A Taste of Burgundy

Bourgogne Rouge Maison Dieu, Domaine de Bellene 2014 Available from BBR.com A brief tasting note to liven up a Wednesday evening.  I rarely drink white / rosé outside of the high summer months (those three days in July we get in London sometimes), so unfortunately those looking for light pinot grigios and sauv blancs should... Continue Reading →

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