vougeraie newsletter

By billn on August 24, 2009 #asides#other sites

Vougeraie NewsletterI’ve been getting a copy of this regular newsletter from Domaine de la Vougeraie for ages, but recently asked if I could have a pdf version for ‘archiving’. Having received a copy, I thought other people may also like to see it. The pdf format is not perfect, and that’s because this should be a 4 page, gate-fold article but as a pdf is only two pages – i.e. page 4+1, and page is 2+3, but I’m sure you’ll work it out 😉

By billn on August 22, 2009 #asides#other sites

…and this white wine glass is meant for seriously huge oaked Chardonnays, of which Burgundy produces many, such as Pouilly Fuisse…

you live and learn! 😉


By billn on August 17, 2009 #asides

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 awe of an athletic performance versus the records since Coe ran 800m in 1:41.73 – almost 30 years later most major championships are still won in around 1:44…

rn74 plus “sexy sulphides”

By billn on August 15, 2009 #asides#other sites

More on that departures board. Also here!


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(?)

By billn on August 13, 2009 #asides#other sites#the market

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.”


room service…

By billn on August 09, 2009 #asides

Happy as Tim Atkin
Happy as Tim Atkin

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


By billn on August 07, 2009 #asides

rotund-geddit?!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


By billn on August 07, 2009 #asides

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

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