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Opus dei

Perhaps I am the Messiah; it can certainly feel that way at seven o’clock in the evening and I regard the barren, desiccated waste that is my January. But like the man from Beth’lem I have resisted Lucifer’s calls and … Continue reading

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Out with the old…

…In with the new. 2018 ended with a small flourish. And not too soon, as to be honest I have been feeling rather tired of wine, no doubt drinking too much, too often. I really should just drink at weekends, … Continue reading

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On a positive note…

As we end 2018, which has brought more than its fair share of famine, pestilence and plague, a rare positive note struck me this morning. In less than two years time, there is a fair chance that Trump will be … Continue reading

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Who-are-you?

Last night a blind tasting of eight wines and unchartered waters for many. Riesling and Pinot Noir from far and wide. The question then, Who are you? Riesling, perhaps the greatest white wine that people rarely drink. Indeed, no one … Continue reading

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Looking forward, looking back

At the risk of repeating myself, with my imminent trip to meet Célestine in NYC, my first after thirteen long years, I have been researching things food. Before Célestine arrives by bus from Montréal at six in the morning, poor … Continue reading

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A big dram

Not a wee one. I refer to my previous post, “Does anyone want to join a club?” in which I bemoaned the absurd, prohibitive offers of whisky, et al, that I receive. And that presumably someone thinks I have clients … Continue reading

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De BIL’s Bru

David, my brother-in-law is a sensible man; he ignores my advice. On parting in the Loire this summer he gave me a bottle of his latest beer, brewed at the tail-end of July with instructions not to touch before the … Continue reading

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Shrinking violets

At least I thought they were. It’s been two and a half years since I committed infanticide on a bottle of Clape’s 2014 Côtes du Rhône. Back then on a balmy summer evening in the company of all new Bordelaise … Continue reading

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F&M

Now don’t get me wrong. My first job was at Fortnum & Mason, and that job had nothing to do with my hitherto love of the exotic and epicurean. Not withstanding, it was slightly nose-out-of-joint-putting to call in there last … Continue reading

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Poor Bernie…

Last Wednesday, a tasting exam in London brought solution to a long held desire to eat at London’s St. John and the chance to meet up with some long neglected friends. The final guest was Bernie, a suckling pig whose … Continue reading

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