I was going to put down a simple tasting note of Chateau Musar’s spectacular 2005 eponymous wine, but then I was distracted.
Continuing that Middle Eastern theme, my sister lent me a copy of the Rubaiyat of Omar Kayam. To be brief, it is an ode to wine by a twelfth century Persian mathematician, philosopher and astronomer. Translated from a original version in the Bodleian Library by the Victorian dilettante Edward Fitzgerald in what I can only describe as a jaunty style it is eminently readable and dare I say it, rather soothing.
It was printed up in 1970 by The Folio Society, but other additions must exist. I read it aloud in my hospital bed, so the staff must think me very odd. But I think on a Sunday evening with a glass of Don Nuno or a Shiraz (for Omar, like Shiraz was from Iran) it would be a great way to end a weekend.
And here’s a little taste,