Monthly Archives: January 2016

Selon un sondage

According to one study… I am afraid you have to read French for this piece in Le Monde, but it’s pretty amusing. In brief, you will be disappointed to learn that in reality:- i. A glass of wine does not … Continue reading

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On Wine. A (Greek) Tragedy

I agree with part of this blog post from Ryan Opaz. Wineries bear some responsability, but it’s much more complex than that. In the words of Miles and Milner’s 1987 Edinburgh Festival, “Oedipus Rex: A Five Minute Rock Musical, “You … Continue reading

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More Sherry, chérie?

An interesting piece on the future of fortified wine here on Wine Searcher. I confess I fear for the long term relevance of Port and Madeira, in the same way as I fear for Sauternes. We no longer enjoy La … Continue reading

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Stumping for Trump

I promise not to bore people with Donald Trump: it’s going nowhere. However, listening to Sarah Palin on today’s Today programme, I was aghast to hear the language by which she communicates, (Someone else doesn’t like her either.) “Are you … Continue reading

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John Fox, Premier Cru, the end of an era…

I have known and known of John Fox, the now defunct and infamous Berkeley wine retailer, for almost twenty years. His company, Premier Cru, last week collapsed filing for Chapter 7 bankrupcy, This morning I was amazed to receive a quite … Continue reading

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Trump this!

On the BBC this morning, an excellent Jonathan Friedland piece on Donald Trump and other past would be political behemoths, William Randolph Hearst, Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh. All of whom came to sticky political ends. I have the utmost … Continue reading

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Ethical foie gras: A gift of nature

So I just received this from my brother in law: American chef Dan Barber relates his meeting with Spanish goose farmer Eduardo Sousa and the magical foie gras he produces. I love foie gras, but it’s true, gavage does not … Continue reading

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Dry January

There’s a lot of noise about Dry January at the moment. Even a last five minute slot on the Today Programme (go to 2 hours and 48 minutes) with A. A. Gill and David Yelland, yet another ex-alchoholic editor of … Continue reading

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Remember, it is only wine…

A touching piece from the Hosemaster of Wine, and as I wrote to a producer and a client not two days ago, remember, wine is just wine. People would do well to remember that. A Strange Experience ” That’s what … Continue reading

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All about Laura

Well I can’t tell you all about Laura because I don’t  know her that well; but I can tell you all about Thursday 17 December which started with Laura in Montalcino and ended with Laura in Siena. This Laura is … Continue reading

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