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Usain Bolt – wow. I just had the impression that he was working up for something special as his ‘starts’ were a far cry from the languid impression he gave whilst playing to the cameras and crowd. He also provides something fresh – he wants to set (mind-bending) records at major championships, rather than the Harvard Business School model employed for years by Bubka and Isinbayeva: ‘1cm more per event, just send me the cheque!’ Just imagine being Tyson Gay; within 0.02 of a previously unbelievable world record, the second fastest run of all time – oops, actually it’s now already the 3rd fastest, and you’re not close enough to the winner to read which brand of shoes he’s wearing! I haven’t been so in [....]

rn74 plus “sexy sulphides”

More on that departures board. Also here! And… Occasionally, say with a white burgundy, this is attractive – “sexy sulphides” a friend calls it. Screwcaps, Victoria Moore. The Guardian Note, that I cannot condone the use of the non-UIPAC spelling – it should be sulfides – even if I prefer the former…

has the world gone mad(?)

Am I the only person in the world that’s totally bemused by this… er… er… tawdry ‘news item’… ‘thing’…(?) [Tell me if you can help with a more appropriate adjective...] “All of us at Matchbet are absolutely delighted to be working with Liv-ex, whose indices are the authoritative source of information about the state of the fine wine market. We believe that Liv-ex’s users will benefit from an ability to both hedge, and speculate, on Liv-ex’s price indices. The market has just been launched, but already there are significant betting opportunities. I believe that the market will quickly develop into a major companion site to Liv-ex for all those seriously interested in the wine industry.” Link

room service…

room service…

There’s nothing wrong with this as a business model. In fact, it makes a lot of financial sense. As well as paying to have their brand name on a door, sponsors provide the boutique hotel chain with free posters, maps and point-of-sale material. In return, they get at least one spot on the wine list. To me, it’s a slightly uncomfortable exchange. Are these bottles selected on merit or to satisfy a sales manager? Room Service, Tim Atkin. Intelligent Life

rotund…

rotund…

No it isn’t the 1st of April: One recent, newsworthy project has been the identification of a compound responsible for pepperiness in Australian Shiraz. Called rotundone, it is found in lots of herbs and vegetables, and it’s incredibly potent. For example, just 5 mls of rotundone would be enough to make all wine in Australia taste spicy. Rotundone. Dr Jamie Goode

smell…

The nose doesn’t lie. When you smell something it passes straight into the brain without any intermediate processing. Unlike vision or hearing, olfaction is unmediated. It’s the real thing, and it works both ways: just as a scent on the air can take us back in time instantaneously and so often overwhelmingly as to be disorienting, so memory can recall smells we have conciously forgotten… Comrades, Michael Bywater. Granta | 104

beaujolais clichés…

beaujolais clichés…

Clichés, Eric Asimov. NY Times

bert visits a-c leflaive

Anne-Claude Leflaive with Bert

sherlock ponsot – on the case!

HERE

California’s Newest Cult Pinot Noir

Flying together: Rivers-Marie

Thomas Rivers Brown and his wife and business partner Genevieve Marie Walsh have quietly developed one of California’s most honored Pinot Noir labels: Rivers-Marie.  Although Brown crafts wine for at least twelve other wineries where the focus is Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, Rivers-Marie produces small lots of Pinot Noir from three vineyard sources in the true Sonoma Coast, specifically the Occidental-Freestone area.  Summa Vineyard is a 6-acre site owned by Scott and Joan Zeller, Occidental Ridge Vineyard is owned by Richard and Darla Radcliffe, and the Willow Creek Vineyard is owned by Raleigh and Patricia Wilson-Juckett.  Total production for Rivers-Marie was 650 cases in 2007 and 1,200 cases in 2008.  There are 4,000 people on the waiting list hopelessly biding their time for a spot [....]

Michael Broadbent’s bicycle stolen – reward

Shock report – here

thinking time…

thinking time…

I might not feel like opening bottles right now, but there’s nothing like a new project to get your mind off things. This week the majority of my UK-stored stocks arrived at my house – 406 kgs apparently – all on one pallet. Clearly a pallet is not something that goes up or down steps, so multiple cases were first piled by the front door before being moved into a differently shaped big pile in the cellar. The joy of discovery (the 1995 Brunello (Rennina) Pieve de la Santa Restituta that I bought after having the same wine in Montalcino in 2001) is mixed with the frustration of not easily finding stuff. I also see how my buying habits have changed in the last 5 [....]

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