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an evening aside

I’m too busy typing other things right now, but Alex Gambal’s 2005 Chambolle 1er Charmes is really delivering tonight!

more travel – this time paid

more travel – this time paid

Days of meetings and customer visits whilst avoiding tidal waves of reorganisations back at home – all will come to roost eventually. I spent yesterday evening with a glass (or 2) of chardonnay in a pub while watching football – I don’t drink beer, but white wine by the glass in a pub is usually fit for purpose, red not so often! I’ll take a few interesting bottles to our friend’s place for the Easter weekend and maybe even write a note about them sometime early next week – I might even ski… Have a nice Easter…

already writing a list to santa?

already writing a list to santa?

You know you wants it! [Gollum] “The Angelshare single-bottle cellar that special bottle of wine in its own temperature and humidity controlled time capsule for that special occasion in the future, whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, graduation or other significant event in your life or of those closest to you. The compact dimensions and elegant, understated design makes the single-bottle cellar a focal point in any setting and an ideal presentation package to treasure.”

rounding up…

rounding up…

Seems a while – well I suppose it is – but here’s a round-up of the last days in London and thereabouts. Wednesday evening started with 13 burgundies – unlucky for us as it should have been 14 but we had a corked 1993 Dujac Gevrey Combottes – though 13 interesting wines from 14 is a very good start. Notes will come during this week as time allows Thursday was Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2005 tasting; always looked forward to and very well run by Corney & Barrow the UK agents. Dr Jamie Goode hung around long enough to swirl, spit and take some photos then triumphantly post his notes first from the assembled throng. Neal Martin and Linden Wilkie (my erstwhile lunch companions) took [....]

odds and ends

odds and ends

Been away a few days, mixing skiing and a bad back (hexenschuss) – it was actually easier to ski than walk – but no moguls! There will be little new material here in the next days, but quite a lot of research: dinner with likeminded souls tomorrow, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2005’s on Thursday, a few more bottles over the weekend and a stunning collection of 2005 grand crus on Friday 22nd in Vienna. Well I call it research DRC ‘presearch‘

that’s going to take some sorting in the cellar!

that’s going to take some sorting in the cellar!

I visited the Côte d’Or today – it was cold, windy and grey. I took my camera, but only took one picture of an interesting doorway in a vineyard wall – okay, two pictures, the first was blurred! I know, therapy beckons… Of more importance was my yearly bottle round-up: the major issue with a string wonderful tastings with growers throughout the year, is that there’s often something you want to buy. Today was collection day – a few bottles here and a few bottles there soon add up. Today it added up to 54 bottles and seven magnums of 2005’s. I don’t regret a single bottle (or magnum!), but it was painful from a fiscal perspective… PS – I already drank two of my [....]

the london times – a lesson in how not to spell!

the london times – a lesson in how not to spell!

I hope Jane MacQuitty will be giving her editor a good kicking You might as well read the article now – the errant headline remains…

burgundy wine ‘odyssey’

Two pieces to read today: I don’t know how long this series of posts will last, but I’ve very much enjoyed working my way through Amy’s travelogue. Flatt’s basic approach to wine collecting remains valid today: “I always mentally expensed the value of my wine at the time of purchase,” he explained, “so that the adjusted cost never became an obstacle to uncorking a bottle. Unlike an art collection, which is permanent, wine ultimately must be consumed. You shouldn’t even contemplate a cellar if you cannot accept that fact.”

in the papers

Jancis advises on 2006 Canada still discusses 2005 Finally in Napa you can learn about barrel-making. But only 3 barrels per 250 year-old tree!

aubert de villaine in carneros

Here

on fire – not!

on fire – not!

Back! and in rude health – well I’m still saying some rude words over my continued cold (now 8 weeks) but I have some visits planned in the Côtes for the end of the month so will surely be able to taste something by then(?)   Photo: The view from the train leaving Berne – Berner Alps in the background… Back from the Inferno and frankly I’m humbled. The top runners set off in the poor visibility afforded by low cloud and blitzed the course, averaging 75kph (46.5mph) for 9.5km (6 miles) including the uphill parts. For me it was a case of too much sicherheit not enough geschwindigkeit – safe rather than fast – my average speed was less than half theirs, and in sunshine [....]

training in the cold

training in the cold

I got back yesterday from Klosters where I was putting in a bit of ‘training’ (rather too-grand a word) for next weekend’s Inferno Rennen in Mürren. Starting just below the revolving restaurant on the Schilthorn – made famous by George Lazenby as 007 – it’s a 15km downhill ski race if enough snow permits. I did the race in 2006 and it took me 28 minutes – without a stop. The winner required only 15 minutes – but while they were all wearing spandex racing suits, my only decision was to race either with, or without my rucksack…! Actually I’m full of cold so training didn’t go all that well but I’m still confident for Saturday Talking of colds, I’m now into an unbelievable 7th [....]

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