Tag Archives: Wine Society

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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Christmas drinks at the Lady

This is my Lady Christmas wine article that appeared in December’s bumper magazine. You can read their version of it here. If you enjoy it, please write to the Lady’s editor saying that I deserve a pay rise and more … 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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Wine of the Week: Rigal Malbec L’ Instant Truffier 2011

              A few years back I met the late Sebastian Horsley for lunch at the Lorelei cafe in Soho. We were there to discuss publicity for his forthcoming memoir, ‘Dandy in the Underworld.’ He … Continue reading

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Wine of the Week: Weinert Carrascal 2007

My late year resolution is to be more reactive to what’s going on in the wine world (and less reactionary towards everything else). If the main topic of debate is ‘whither the natural cork’ then I’m going to chip in … Continue reading

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Wine of the Week: Barbera d’ Asti Superiore ‘Le Amandole’ Gonella 2009

My wine of the week you probably cannot get hold of easily. I bought it in the Cave de Pyrene sale last week. I ordered some wines pretty much at random, nothing too expensive, nothing too old, and this was … 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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Corner Shop Wine Challenge

Due to lack of funds, I have not been buying my regular cases of wine from Majestic or the Wine Society. As a result I am often caught out with no ordinary wine in the house so have to visit my local shop. … Continue reading

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The best old socks in France

One of the most bittersweet aspects of reading old books about wine is the suggestions for good areas to bargain hunt. In The Daily Telegraph Guide to the Pleasures of Wine by Denis Morris I came across the following: ‘Hermitage … Continue reading

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Writing about wine is like. . .

I think it was Elvis Costello who quipped ‘writing about music is like dancing about architecture.’ I pondered this glass in hand whilst my wife took me through the stark steps of the Le Corbusier polka. Music only stimulates one … Continue reading

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