Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Lost World of the Cider Lords

It has become a commonplace fact, beloved of pub quizzes, that an Englishman, Christopher Merret, invented Champagne. There is even an element of truth to it: Merret gave a paper to the Royal Society in 1672 outlining how to make … Continue reading

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Starting a Tradition

Here’s some musing on port and fatherhood from The Wine Society’s newsletter: The most exciting thing to happen in 2011, at least for me, was the birth of our daughter, Helena. The second most exciting thing was the vintage in … Continue reading

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Falling in love with the wines of Sicily

The island of Sicily has a special place in my heart as I met my wife there. We were both on a classic car rally and, feeling a little out of place, were drawn to each other. One of the … Continue reading

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There’s something about Digby

I’ve just written two articles, one on vintage port and one on cider. I found it impossible to write either without mentioning Sir Kenelm Digby. The amazing Digby, who I’ve written about before, was the inventor of a special super … Continue reading

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