Category Archives: Fine Wine

Recent Wines April 2022 (Part 2) #theglouthatbindsus

Moving on to Part 2 of the wines we drank here at home during April, you might wonder that we are drinking all our favourite wines like there’s no tomorrow! Well, it’s true that you don’t want to leave all … Continue reading

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Dermot Sugrue – Wiston and Sugrue South Downs

The long Easter Bank Holiday here was not without its pleasures, a lovely picnic and some wonderful food, but it was mostly dedicated to decorating. It was rather nice, therefore, to be getting up bright and early last Tuesday to … Continue reading

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Recent Wines October 2021 (Part 2) #theglouthatbindsus

As I said yesterday, I’m publishing October’s “Recent Wines” in three parts, six wines in each. Part 2 here represents six wines, or rather five wines and one bottle of spirits we finished, drunk on one evening in mid-October, with … Continue reading

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Recent Wines June 2021 (Part 1) #theglouthatbindsus

I always try to emphasise that my “recent wines” articles are meant to highlight the most interesting bottles I’ve been drinking at home. June is a case in point, more so than usual. Part 1 begins with a style of … Continue reading

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Adventures on the Wine Route (Kermit Lynch) – Still Relevant Today

It’s now over a year since I last left the UK, and almost eighteen months since I stood in a vineyard. The craving for wine travel, within the context of realising how very lucky I am, of course, grows every … Continue reading

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Wines of the Rhône by Matt Walls – Book Review

Even most readers who know me reasonably well might be unaware that The Rhône was my first real passion in wine. I didn’t get to visit the north for a few years, but by the time I hit Ampuis in … Continue reading

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Grower Champagne – Here’s Our Chance To Dance Our Way Out Of Our Constrictions (Feet Don’t Fail Me Now)

Hobbes versus Rousseau. We find this conflict almost everywhere these days, especially in global politics. Hobbes favoured the rule of law in an almost Old Testament sense, the structures of the state (Leviathan) providing the only way to keep we … Continue reading

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Celebration

Occasionally a group of wines come together where each and every one is of astonishing quality. Most people expect to assemble a great selection for a significant birthday, anniversary or other special event. Actually, birthdays in our house are more … Continue reading

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Brief Encounter

It’s not that alcohol hasn’t been consumed during this period of pandemic. After all, the evidence is here for all to see. What I have missed is that opportunity to share a few too many bottles with really good wine … Continue reading

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Binging on the Bogans’ 2018 Burgundies – Eyre, Haisma, Le Grappin et al

The festival of Burgundy tastings (some call it a circus) hits London in January. For some people it is the highlight of the wine year. Importers bombard their customers with invitations to events which overlap, so that some avid fans … Continue reading

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