Monthly Archives: October 2013

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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Christmas Wine Fair – special offer for readers

If you want to learn about wine or you just fancy a bit of variety in your drinking, then nothing beats a good wine fair. I remember the first one I attended, it was run by Oddbins in Edinburgh in … Continue reading

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Drunken cookery competition

One of my favourite ways of spending a rainy weekend is to cook a time-consuming though not particularly complicated dish whilst slowly getting drunk. Something like a Bouef Bourgignon with one bottle of wine for the dish and one for … Continue reading

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Fine dining in the Cotswolds

We’ve just come back from Chipping Campden where we were celebrating my wife’s birthday without our daughter. I was looking forward to visiting one of those fine dining place where there are enumerable courses, foams and a man with a … Continue reading

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Hugh Johnson: A Life Uncorked

Last year I was briefly a wine merchant. I imported a few cases of Hungarian wine to sell to friends. One of my worries about this business venture was how  it would look  for a wine writer to be involved with … Continue reading

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