Tag Archives: Jancis Robinson

The heyday of wine publishing

I have a bit of thing about old wine books. I can’t resist picking them up no matter how rubbish they might look. My latest acquisition from  Oxfam is called Supernosh by Anthony Worrall-Thompson and Malcolm Gluck. It features the authors on … Continue reading

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Bordeaux: dad wine

Every new generation rebels by rubbishing its parents tastes. Apart from me, that is. My only rebellious act was to not play golf. My grandmother once said to me after my grandfather’s death ‘he (my grandfather) always worried about you … Continue reading

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Technically neither (or partly both)

In 2011 I worked with a writer called Elif Batuman on her book The Possessed. (Perhaps my proudest moment as a publicist was having a cameo role in a Guardian article she wrote at the time which has oddly been … Continue reading

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Booze book round-up for the Guardian

This is the uncut version of an article that appeared in the Guardian on Saturday: Oddbins stocked a wine in the late 90s called Kiwi Cuvee. It was a Sauvignon Blanc from the South France designed to taste as if … Continue reading

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Reading and boozing

I’ve been sent a lot of books about booze this year so I thought it would be fun to drink as much as I could and then read them. Here are my thoughts: The Champagne Guide 2014/2015 – Tyson Stelzer … Continue reading

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Is the Wine Society evil?

Of course it isn’t! For a start they don’t have a Dr Strangelove-style war room in Stevenage with a world map covering in blinking lights. But if I was an independent wine merchant I wouldn’t be too happy with this … Continue reading

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Hugh Johnson: A Life Uncorked

Last year I was briefly a wine merchant. I imported a few cases of Hungarian wine to sell to friends. One of my worries about this business venture was how  it would look  for a wine writer to be involved with … Continue reading

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Youth-friendly wine tastings

Going to a wine tasting can be an intimidating even for an experienced wine bore like me. There’s all those wines lined up, you have to take a sniff, a little sip, spit – don’t get me started on spitting, … Continue reading

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Have I lumbered my blog with a stupid name?

I’m thinking of changing the name of my blog. No less an authority than Jancis Robinson (for it is she) thought that it sounded ‘rather unappetising.’ Evines, a online merchant, said that it ‘sounds dangerously like a smash up of … Continue reading

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Book review: Drink Me! How to Choose, Taste and Enjoy Wine by Matt Walls

My music teacher at school used to say that to play the piano as badly as Les Dawson, you have to be a great pianist. Matt Walls reminds me a little of Dawson, not physically of course, but in order … Continue reading

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