Monthly Archives: March 2016

Land of my Fathers

Bear with me. As just reward for my working well with an agent last year, I had extracted an allocation of Languedoc’s, and the Hérault’s finest, a little wine from La Grange des Pères. Having drunk the red 1996 at … Continue reading

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Alas, and adieu

Sad news from Margaux. Paul Pontarlier, urbane, smoother than smooth and maker of fine Bordeaux has died. Primeur tastings will be less rich for it, I really used to enjoy tasting at Margaux with him. I suspect 2015 will be … Continue reading

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The Easter Bunny

As the children get older the eggs get fewer, but some traditions live on, and Sunday’s Easter diner was a garlic and rosemary infused leg of lamb, flageolets and , tradition oblige,a bottle of Pauillac. The lamb unfortunately was from … Continue reading

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T20

I have long felt antipathy to the shorter forms of God’s greatest game, cricket. All those pyjama outfits and the caving in to the pressure of time seemed such a letdown from the timeless (sic), metaphysical challenge of the test … Continue reading

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The Beardo

I received an email on Tuesday from an old friend entitled “Dad”. I didn’t need to open it, I knew what it was going to say. I did of course, and was sad to be unable to go to the … Continue reading

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Waft her, angels…

Say what? I’ll come to that. A lightning visit to Dijon from the sorella, over from London to play groupie to her friend and tenor Ian Bostridge. And by the same token to see her  brother and family, bien sûr. … Continue reading

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Fair dinkum, mate

I confess I have never tasted their wines, but Mollydooker have long been a subject of earnest, no frenetic debate amongst those who care on vinuous bulletin boards across the globe. mollydooker |ˈmɒlɪˌduːkə| noun Austral. informal: a left-handed person. ORIGIN … Continue reading

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