Monthly Archives: July 2013

Truly, madly, deeply…pas terrible

I just had to share this from the latest Hello! USA Today, Wine Spectator wannabee…and so many exlamation marks…and giggles. Pinot Noir, come off it, love, you sound like Cabernet d’Anjou on a really bad day. And what is David … Continue reading

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There, but by the grace of God, go I…

So this from today’s Liv-Ex market update,   It really is rather remarkable. US and European equities are at all time highs, property prices in the world’s major capitals are at all time highs and despite recent volatility and record supply, government … Continue reading

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An Ode to Joy: D. Byrne & Co, Clitheroe, Lancashire

Out of the asylum for the weekend (I am unfortunately surrounded by the unfortunate sufferers of Alzheimers here) my father drove me up into the old mill towns of Lancashire, and more precisely Clitheroe an ancient garrison town overlooking the … Continue reading

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Going out in style: El Bulli (Dos)

Magali, one of our oldest friends and my lawyer refuses to charge me for her services; so a year and a half ago we agreed that I would pay in kind. In short, I would come up with the impossible, … Continue reading

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The Tao of Tsing, or l’art du crachoir: a timeless art

I have never been much more than an average spitter. But as Tom cats go, there are many worse, spraying or dribbling there way through tastings without a care in the world for their red-stained chins, or worse the pristine … Continue reading

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Dr. Conti, I salute you (a modern story of money, greed and retribution)

Since previously blogging on”Billionaire’s Vinegar” and a Wine Spectator article on forgeries and the connivances (alleged) of many in the wine trade, a megastar in the world of forgery (it is alleged), Indonesian-born, erstwhile mega-rich mystery man, Rudy Kurniawan has been … Continue reading

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The Spice Merchant: Chateau Musar and the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayam

I was going to put down a simple tasting note of Chateau Musar’s spectacular 2005 eponymous wine, but then I was distracted. Chateau Musar 2005 bewitches, as ever with its complexity and enveloping exotic spice. It’s a great wine, and … Continue reading

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Bu sur le Web: Bu sur le web features the Montreal’s most deliciousness, Aurealia, with that mesmerising accented and painted fingernails tasting her way through an array of always great and off the generally beaten track wines. It’s a little … Continue reading

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