Tag Archives: Bordeaux

Wine and golf

Apart from a couple of games of pitch and putt in my early teens, I have never swung a golf club in anger. Until a couple of weeks ago that is. I had been invited for an afternoon of wine … Continue reading

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Oxford & Cambridge Blind Tasting Challenge

One of the great jokes of the wine trade is: – ‘Have you ever confused Burgundy with Bordeaux?’ – ‘Not since this morning!’ Last week I realised it isn’t a joke. I’d been invited to take part in the Varsity Blind … Continue reading

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Mouton Rothschild – an affordable luxury

In 2012 I won a bottle of Mouton Rothschild 1996 in a writing competition on Jancis Robinson’s site. When we moved house last year I didn’t trust the movers with it so I wrapped it up in layers of bubble … Continue reading

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Buying wine at auction

This is a longer version of something I wrote for the Telegraph. It’s actually a bit dry but I want to have all my wine writing in one place hence why I’m posting it. Please ignore if you’re looking for jokes. Wine … Continue reading

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In praise of of the long lunch

If any man deserved the epithet, a legend in his own lunchtime, it was Keith Waterhouse. You probably remember him for his plays Billy Liar, made into a film with Julie Christie and Tom Courtenay, and Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell … Continue reading

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Bordeaux: dad wine

Every new generation rebels by rubbishing its parents tastes. Apart from me, that is. My only rebellious act was to not play golf. My grandmother once said to me after my grandfather’s death ‘he (my grandfather) always worried about you … Continue reading

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Lady column – Perfect Ten

Rather ominously, the Lady have stopped putting my columns online so I’ll be posting them on my blog instead. Here’s my 2nd November offering: As soon as I’m handed a wine list in restaurant, especially a good one, my mind … 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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Pidgin French

When I was taught French at school, we learnt it orally for the first year. I remember how shocked I was when I saw written French for the first time. It looked nothing like it sounded. The first words the teacher … Continue reading

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The Pleasure of Wine

A wine merchant opened up near my flat in East London about three years ago just as the recession was taking off and people were losing their jobs. They didn’t offer much below £10 a bottle and their expensive stuff … Continue reading

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