Monthly Archives: April 2017

Dialogue des Sourds

Dialogue des sourds is a French expression for two parties sharing an animated expression without listening to each other. A conversation between the deaf. As this interminable French presidential election is whipped up to a frothy finale, the dispiriting news … Continue reading

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Vitello Milanese and the Despair of Inevitability

I was searching for a tip on Milanese eating for a friend when despair reached up and smacked me, straight across the face. The lovely, arcane and esoteric Bagutta is no more. It closed in June 2016, going the way … Continue reading

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The Arms of Kraken

Elodie came back from the fish shop with something terrible, something fearful. I had suggested she buy some squid for dinner; she came home with the tentacles of Kraken. Terrifying to look at, terrifying to contemplate, terrifying to ponder how … Continue reading

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Walk, don’t run.

I can’t but I am, En Marche! Look to the future, not the past.

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Back to the future…

So Sarah “White Trash” Palin finally parked her trailer in the Oval Office. But seriously, those curtains look very Nancy Reagan. And no offence, Nance, but thirty five years on, that’s not a compliment. cf. Obama and weep.

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There’s no palate like your palate…

To wit…On Sunday evening I opened one of my last four bottles of 1996 Chateau d’Ampuis Côte Rôtie from Guigal, duly condemned as “old” by The Wine Advocate. I had thought, “Well, I guess I had better check then,” and … Continue reading

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If ever…

If ever there was a salient argument against the mode for Natural Wines, it was this: L’Ailleurs – Anne et Jean-François Ganevat Last night I opened what was mercifully my only bottle. An outstanding candidate for the worst bottle of … Continue reading

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(Re-) Discovering Beaujolais

Twice in one week I’ve been down the A6 to Beaujolais. Twice in a week to pick up some wines and rediscover and re-evaluate the undulating topography of this undervalued region. And in the Spring it’s lovely. If ever there … Continue reading

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