Monthly Archives: November 2010

Reading and drinking

One simply cannot have too many books about booze. I’ll even read those books about supermarket wine with titles like Easyquaff and Fruity! that were all the rage a few years ago. In particular I like ones from second hand … Continue reading

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Which claret does Bill Murray favour?

In Ghostbusters II Bill Murray is trying to woo Sigourney Weaver whilst saving New York from ghouls. Sounds a lot like the first Ghostbusters, doesn’t it? Like us she’s heard all his lines before so in order to win her … 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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Old wines

About ten years ago a friend of mine inherited a country pile from a misanthropic great uncle. The place was a bit neglected so he planned to sell off some of the accumulated loot in order to pay for renovations. … 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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Lebanon

Just as every ambitious chef needs a signature dish, so every new wine region needs a unique style. Australia came to prominence in the 80s with their own take on Syrah, Shiraz, California has Zinfandel, Argentina has Malbec and South … Continue reading

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What kind of sherry did Frasier drink?

The sherry marketing board should have made more of the Crane brothers’ love of sherry. In every episode of the long-running sitcom Frasier there they were with their decanter and little glasses. There wasn’t a problem that couldn’t be solved … Continue reading

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