And the winner is. . .

Thank you everyone who entered the competition to win a bottle of Cantina Florio Terre Arse 2000. There were entries from poets, novelists, academics, radio producers, wine merchants and sofa salesman. Special mentions should go to Lynn Roberts for rhyming marsala with umbrella, Gareth Williams for ignoring the rules and submitting one about sambuca, and Ewan Murray for using the word Valhalla, a reference, of course, to Roger II, 12th century Norman ruler of Sicily. I’d like to say that it was hard to pick a winner but actually it was easy. Not only does the winning entry still make me chuckle, but it scans and has the internal logic required by a good limerick. It was from Michael Willis of St. Albans:

The world famous ‘Singing Koala’
When taking the stage at La Scala
Made sure that his voice
The organ of choice
Was functioning well with Marsala

Thank you Mr Willis. I’ll send you the bottle out this week by recorded delivery. My friends at the Marsala Marketing Board are delighted with it too. They keep saying the words ‘koala che canto’ and crying with laughter.

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About Henry

Henry Jeffreys was born in London. He has worked in the wine trade, publishing and is now a freelance journalist. He specialises in drink and his work has appeared in the Spectator, the Guardian, the Economist, the Financial Times, the Oldie and Food & Wine magazine. He was a contributor to the Breakfast Bible (Bloomsbury 2013) and his book Empire of Booze: British History through the Bottom of a Glass was published in November 2016.
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