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Family Matters

Family Matters is a great book by Indo-Canadian writer Rohinton Mistry. Perhaps not as great as his masterpiece, A Fine Balance. It’s greatness starts with the duplicity of the title, the one sardonic, the other imploring. Last weekend was Family … Continue reading

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Down and Out in Paris and London

  George Orwell, such a great man and so many great titles. But this one is very apt for my just finished lightning trip to London, (Stevenage), Deauville and Paris. La raison d’être was 30th reunion of my class from … Continue reading

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Thunder and Lightning, very very frightening…

But welcome. La familigia has been ensconced high in the hills above Greve in Chianti for fifteen days. The only thing higher has been the temperatures…up to 41° and more in the shade and the vines have been suffering. In … Continue reading

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On virginity

Amongst fellow imbibers, one thing that slightly grates me is the judgement, “Oh, but it’s only slightly corked.” No it isn’t. As in life, you can’t almost be a virgin, you either are, or you aren’t. It’s either corked or … Continue reading

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A funny thing happened on the way to the forum…

Should you find yourself not in Clitheroe, but Reims and short of a fine bottle, you should head here. To Les Caves du Forum; there is symbiosis with those Lancashire lads. Just off Reims’ own Roman forum this wine shop … Continue reading

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The Theory of Relativity

So, this from a supplier. 2014   6 bts    Pingus – 100 Parker   Sisseck   @   989,00 euros 2012   12 bts   Pingus – 100 Parker   Sisseck   @   989,00 euros Pingus really is one of this planet’s most fabulous wines. I wine … Continue reading

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Summer Fruit…Cold Comfort

The last two weeks have unremittingly hot…although a colder and wet patch has arrived to refresh the parched lawn and, no doubt, vines. Rioja excepted, Vina Tondonia 2004 Reserva oblige, I seem to be overwhelmed by a current, or is … Continue reading

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For the love…

Of a well stocked cellar. The weekend has been long, and well lubricated. Elodie’s 25th birthday went off with a bang some barbecued duck breast with mange tout and some very fine new potatoes. The star of that night, apart … Continue reading

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2003 Potensac: The tide’s going out.

Last night a perfectly preserved bottle of Delon’s (Leoville Las Cases et al) 2003 Chateau Potensac. Ce n’est pas un grand vin bien sûr, but a reliable Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel from the Haut Médoc. I hadn’t had a bottle for … Continue reading

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Another fine mess…

Well, who would have believed it? Theresa May’s big opportunity turned into a right big mess, and you can’t even opine that to make a good omelette you have to break a few eggs. This is scrambled eggs without a … Continue reading

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