favourite olympic pic…

By billn on February 18, 2010 #random

Noelle-Barahona-of-ChileNice that Whistler now has sunshine to go with the snow, and what a race yesterday!

The ladies downhill – carnage – with poor Anja Paerson, unintentionally leaping further than Eddie the Eagle(!) and in the process losing a nailed-down silver medal 🙁

I love this picture of Noelle Barahona of Chile disappearing underneath a barrier at the finish line – you may need to look twice 😉
Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images

holiday cheer

By billn on January 03, 2008 #random

I’m back from the time of celebration, a time that entailed being bunged up with a head-cold from the 20th December that’s still clinging on today! I’m also taking antibiotics following a visit to my dentist. All-told I think about 4 glasses of wine have passed my lips over the festive season – none of which actually tasted of anything – though one was (once more H.Boillot’s 2001 Charlemagne) a darker colour than it should have been. Hopefully by next week I will once more be reaching for the Beaune, but I anyway trust that you will all have had a great start to 2008…

three pommard 1er crus – 1997

By billn on July 21, 2007 #degustation#random

montille1997 des Epeneaux, Pommard 1er Clos des Epeneauxtry to find this wine...
(Magnum) The nose is more interesting than the the rather ‘harder’ and stand-offish stance this wine often shows; high-toned with plenty of dried fruits – more interesting that the standard 1997 ‘roasted’ fruits – plus freshness and depth. The palate is sweet with grainy tannin and is very long finishing. It’s clearly a very young, but surprised me in that there is more charachter here than I find in many vintages of this wine.
Rebuy – Maybe
1997 Jean-Marc Boillot, Pommard 1er Les Rugienstry to find this wine...
(Magnum) The nose is understated and tight. The palate has plenty of tannin, but impresses with an extra dimension of flavours that adhere to your gums. Very young but a good bottle.
Rebuy – Maybe
1997 de Montille, Pommard 1er Les Rugienstry to find this wine...
(Magnum) A lovely soft and sweet red fruit nose – still quite primary. Plenty of decent tannin and lots of dimension on the palate. This is young but in the context of the vintage, excellent – the pick of these Pommards.
Rebuy – Yes

sharpened pens

By billn on July 20, 2007 #asides#random

Alice (who I recently met – and is of-course very nice and doesn’t come across as a ‘winebitch’ at all – just someone with standards!) can have a very sharp pen – I love this piece…

cold-calling winesales

By billn on November 24, 2006 #random

Something very strange happened last night – or unusual at-least. At ~7:30pm the phone rang; “it’s xyz-merchant in Germany, remember you bought a bottle of ‘xxx’ from us – I just wondered how it was?” Then through a serpentine road of compliments, brown nosing, dropping references to various producers he/they represent, he finally tried (manfully) to sell me some Pommard from Jean Chartron. Apparently it was a fantastic price at only 19.95 euros, but we never got onto the vintage because he didn’t know the lieu-dit (or dits). If someone wants to sell me something, they should at least know something about what they’re selling.

I was never cold-called to buy wine before – maybe I led a sheltered life!

RIP – Henri Jayer

By billn on September 21, 2006 #random

Not unexpected but anyway very sad news. Allen Meadows’ words need no addition:

It is with deep regret that I inform the board members that Henri Jayer passed away last night after a long illness. Jayer was renowned and admired the world over for his lush, seductive, well-balanced and impeccably crafted burgundies and was arguably the most famous Burgundian winemaker ever. Just as importantly, he unquestionably has had the greatest impact and influence among today’s generation of Burgundian winemakers. He was a man of strong convictions about how wines should be made but the superb quality of his wines, even in difficult vintages, certainly provided persuasive evidence that his methods worked. And the auction market voted with its pocketbook as well, according Jayer wines enormous valuations, indeed on a consistent par with those of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.

I knew Jayer for years and also admired and respected his philosophies, work ethic and ultimately, the results he so consistently achieved. Hanky J, as he was affectionately referred to, will be missed. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and admirers.”

Allen Meadows

Peter Gabriel in Concert

By billn on June 13, 2004 #random

peter gabriel
The Romanée-Conti of popular music! I first saw Peter Gabriel at Manchester Apollo around 1982, his music is about skillfully woven layers of insight and genius. Despite lots of rain and a sky as black as a Rockford Shiraz the rain abated and we had a fabulous concert in Bregenz, Austria – the stage set on lake Constance.

I deposited lots of pictures here.

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