Category Archives: Wine

Recent Wines February 2021 (Part 1) #theglouthatbindsus

February yields just fourteen wines. Partly, I guess, as it’s a shorter month and partly because we drank some wines I wrote about in early winter. We will still go for two parts, seven wines in each. In Part One … Continue reading

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Wine and Cheese Anyone? Reviewing Oz Clarke’s English Wine with Ned Palmer’s A Cheesemonger’s History of the British Isles

This week you get two book reviews in one article and, I think for the first time, one of them isn’t about wine. Tempted as I’ve been in the past to review books on my other passion, music, I have … Continue reading

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Pergola Taught

For me, there are a couple of very different burning issues to be addressed in the world of wine, and rather quickly. One of those is diversity, but important as that is, I’m not sure an old middle class white … Continue reading

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Raisin – 100 Grands Vins Naturels d’Émotion (Review)

Many readers who are deeply interested in natural wine will have the Raisin App on their phones. It is a forum for recommending natural wines to other enthusiasts, but it is perhaps more importantly indispensable, through its interactive maps, for … Continue reading

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Recent Wines January 2021 (Part 2) #theglouthatbindsus

For Part 2 of the most interesting wines we drank at home during January we head first to Beaujolais before a massively contrasting wine made by an Englishman in South Africa. Next up a wine from Italy’s Cinque Terre, a … Continue reading

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Recent Wines January 2021 (Part 1) #theglouthatbindsus

So, 2021 begins, although little has changed. I was going to say that we are getting used to the new normal, but that would not be true. It’s impossible to get used to our current geographically curtailed existence, not helped … 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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Noble Rot Book – Wine From Another Galaxy (Review)

“The Rotters’ Club” (by Jonathan Coe) used to be one of my favourite novels, for the simple reason that its plot line resonated so perfectly with parts of my own early teenage years. It has very little to do with … Continue reading

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Recent Wines December 2020 (Part 2) #theglouthatbindsus

I’m not going to lie to you, this third Lockdown in the UK is pretty hard. First time around we at least had the sunshine, and no idea really that things would go quite the way they did (well, we … Continue reading

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Recent Wines December 2020 (Part 1) #theglouthatbindsus

There’s a strange feel to writing about the wines we drank at home during December. Looking back on the first ten bottles, which will comprise Part 1, it seems so long ago that I drank them, more so than usual. … Continue reading

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