Tag Archives: Oddbins

Christmas Wine Fair – special offer for readers

If you want to learn about wine or you just fancy a bit of variety in your drinking, then nothing beats a good wine fair. I remember the first one I attended, it was run by Oddbins in Edinburgh in … 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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Wine of the Week: One, Ribera del Duero 2003

I intended to write a post this time last year about the renaissance of Oddbins. This was based on no more evidence than a visit to the Earl’s Court branch where the staff were cheerful and the shop well-stocked with … Continue reading

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How condescending is your wine merchant?

When I received PR bumf from a new wine website called Ten Green Bottles with phrases such as ‘innovative concept’ and ‘unique wines’, I was going to write something on the meaningless guff used to promote things. Then I realised … 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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Wine of the Week: Côtes du Rhone Guigal 2007

Some wines are so familiar that I ignore them when shopping. There’s an element of snobbery at work here; it feels so much cooler (do people still say cool?) to be drinking something obscure. When I worked at Oddbins we … Continue reading

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A year in booze

It’s been a year since I started World of Booze. The inspiration came from a friend of mine who thought it funny that my main interest was shared by none of our friends. Well then, I would find some like-minded people on the … Continue reading

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Booze interview: Roger Scruton

Introducing a new occasional series – interviews with writers about their drinking habits. For my first guest I am honoured to have philosopher Roger Scruton. For many years Scruton wrote a column for the New Statesman. It was ostensibly about … Continue reading

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Farewell Oddbins?

Like Victor Kiam and Remington so with me and Oddbins. He liked the product so much he bought the company, I spent so much time in my local Oddbins in Headingley that I got a job there. It was meant to be stop … Continue reading

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Wine of the Week: Deutschland über alles

I love German whites above all others but I can understand why they are not more popular. There’s the long baffling labels to put off the average buyer and then it is hard to think of the right time to … Continue reading

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