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a few links…

There are few links that I’ve been meaning to pass on to you. First Clive Coates has had a Spring-Clean on his website, everything’s a little tidier now, and some of the menus that didn’t work in all browsers seem better. There are interesting entries marked ‘December’ in his news page.

Second, and a must, take a look at some of Vincent Dancer’s pictures that he’s going to exhibit at the end of January.

Finally, nice…

guardian-logoEveryone laughs at over-the-top wine writing, and they’re right. Fine+Rare merchants of London email me frequently, even though I have never bought a single bottle from them, nor could afford one. Here’s this week’s offer from Domaine Faiveley in Burgundy: “Chambertin Clos de Bèze. £560 per case of six. Needs work to coax from the glass …”

How do you coax a wine from the glass? “Come here little wine – don’t worry, I’m not going to drink you!”

It may be in contrast to the Mazis-Chambertin, a cheap little wine at just £380 for six bottles. “Jumps out of the glass … ” Clearly a trollop of a wine, possibly one that goes out clubbing with the Clos des Cortons, a trashy £285 for six: “a touch tart, perhaps”.

I do feel inspired, though. “This is a wine that puts it about, in a pathetic attempt to win cheap popularity. Not a wine to take home to your mother …”
Simon Hoggart, The Guardian, 9 January 2010

2 responses to “a few links…”

  1. Mark in Pernand

    Bill,

    Met Vincent Dancer last evening at Justerini’s 08 Burg tasting at The Institute of Civil Engineers Building, Westminster.

    Whilst enjoying his excellent wines & for me, maybe surprisingly, his Meursault Corbins made the biggest impression of his 4 whites on offer (BB, Corbins, C-M Tete du Clos and Meursault Perrieres) I mentioned how impressed I’ve always been by his blog photos. I was intrigued by what camera he uses and asking him was amazed when he reached around to his jacket hanging on a chair behind him and pulled out a well used & very small looking Panasonic Lumix. I say amazed as whilst I believe the Lumix range is very strong, and dont know what model Vincent’s was (it certainly wasn’t newish), I’d always thought he might have a semi professional SLR set up but not a bit of it. He smiled at my surprise and made a gesture to his pocket and comment as to how useful a small digital camera was dan les vignes, cuverie, out and about etc ! I’m now all the more impressed. He comes across as a super guy and his wine are pretty damn good as well. Not sure what Jancis Robinson next to us made of our chat on photography and which also covered a shared love of the Tete du Clos and La Romanee terroirs from the nature perspective including likes of sparrow hawks, other birds, and wildlife in the wooded parts.

    Oh, I also got the Faively email despite never having bought from them . My reaction was rather different – one of just wishing I had the cash, mouth watering at all the wines !!!

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