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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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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