Category Archives: VF – Pour encourager les autres

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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Spoiler Alert: Life changer

In the vinuous straitjacket that France can bizarrely be, sherry or Xeres, comme ils le disent, makes few inroads. When I say few, I am exaggerating wildly; it makes none. I have long been born and raised to the merits … Continue reading

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Two men I’d quite like to meet

One quite young, the other about my age. One English, one Italian. Both legless. An all too short BBC conversation here; most interestingly the comment that what they do is not amazing, they just get on with it. Could not … Continue reading

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Flotsam

For the first time since 2014, I had a swim yesterday. I’ve never been one for swimming and the paraplegic mantra that water renders you weightless in tenuous. I just flail. That said, I did have a great float around … Continue reading

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Anyone want to join a club?

Originally posted on Vinous.com This one is called “The irritating and ridiculous whiskey offers I receive Club” (It could also be “The Someone thinks I’m stupid enough to pay ten Grand for a bottle of Roumier Musigny Club” – but … Continue reading

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Trump UK, Ok!

I’ll be brief, there’s no point decrying the man’s idiocy; I hold that truth to be self-evident. However, I think I get it about Boris. I mean, Boris is a Russian name right? So Boris Johnson must be a friend … Continue reading

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