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You never need to pack a wanker – or how I learned to stopped worrying and love sommeliers

Last year there was an incident in a French restaurant involving a notable wine-maker (I’m not allowed to mention his name for legal reasons), who sent back a bottle of wine saying that it was corked. The sommelier disagreed and refused to … Continue reading

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Sediment: Two Gentlemen and their mid-life terroirs

I started this blog partly because I thought I’d spotted a gap in the market. I couldn’t find anyone who was writing about wine but also bringing in literature, history and a good dose of silliness. Most wine writers seemed … Continue reading

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What will Scottish independence mean for drinkers?

Every month or so the marketing bumf from Majestic Wine Warehouses comes through my door outlining their latest offers. It’s normally bargain rioja. If you read the small print carefully you’ll find that their glorious multibuy offers aren’t available in Scotland: … Continue reading

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Has supermarket wine got duller or have I got pickier?

Last week I thought I may have lost my sense of smell. This would have been disastrous for my highly-paid career as a wine blogger. I’d been at a few tastings and rather than the wine speak flowing from my … Continue reading

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Is it meant to taste like that?

‘Is it meant to taste like that?’ I was a bit drunk at a wine tasting the other day, actually I could start everything I write with those words, I spend my life a bit drunk at wine tastings. Anyway … Continue reading

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Wine of the Week: Percheron Old Vines Cinsault 2010

Edinburgh is often described as the Athens of the North. Something to do with philosophy, I think, rather than a love of  columns and naked athletics. Beirut is the Paris of the East but the most popular city to be … Continue reading

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Mmmmm, adulterated Burgundy

  I was going to write a piece on the traditional practice of ‘Hermitaging’ wine. This involves adding beefy Southern wines such as Hermitage to lighter wines like Claret or Burgundy to give them a bit more body. This is … Continue reading

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