Monthly Archives: November 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

My American wife (my only wife in fact) has converted me to the joys of Thanksgiving. It combines the feasting of Christmas without having to worry about what to buy Auntie Marianne. The best thing about it is the chance to … Continue reading

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Dabbler post: Good Ordinary Claret

What thing is the most evocative of Christmas? For some it’s the sound of carol singing, for others it’s the unwrapping of presents, for me it’s the sediment on the side of a claret bottle. Just a glimpse of the … Continue reading

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Wine of the Week: Lirac ‘Les Queyrades’ 05

Jane McQuitty, the Times wine writer and disco enthusiast, wrote an article a few years back where she wondered what the point of decanting was: “Decanting all white wines and the majority of red wines is a waste of time. … Continue reading

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A young person’s guide to sherry

I have a new job which makes me work five days a week. Five days! Surely a civilised man needs a day before the weekend to think, eat dim sum and ‘work on his book’? There’s so much interesting booze … Continue reading

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