Monthly Archives: September 2011

In the run-up to Christmas (oh yes, in the corporate event world we are well into the run-up as soon as summer is over),  it’s important to remember what makes a wine tasting work.  We’ve been doing them for 15 … Continue reading

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I’m going to write only about one Cahors wine in this piece but I’d better make some general remarks about Cahors otherwise you won’t get your money’s worth.  It’s not just because I feel a bit jaundiced about many Argentine … Continue reading

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This piece is not here because I’m about to tell you it’s the best food pub in London (I refuse, like the Good Food Guide to use the gastro word), because I’m sure it is not.  But you can eat well … Continue reading

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This short blog piece is an absolutely unreserved and enthusiastic recommendation to everyone who loves wine to immediately get acquainted with and embrace Aurélia Filion’s site Bu Sur Le Web.  I’m sure. like me, when you begin to appreciate what’s … Continue reading

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To sell well in Europe, far flung places need a strong and attractive national identity which gives a ‘halo’ effect to each wine they make.  On the face of it, Argentina should do well in the identity stakes.  The 2001 economic collapse is … Continue reading

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The shock from tasting 66 Chilean Syrahs this week was that nearly the most expensive (£36.99) was unremarkable and one of the cheapest (£9.99) was the best.  I’m used to the price-quality split in wine sometimes being a yawning chasm, much to the confusion … Continue reading

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I’ve never felt comfortable with the term ‘gastropub’, sounding more like food poisoning than what it means to convey.  I guess the term arose from the dilemma of what to call pubs whose food was a notch above dodgy Thai or depressing … Continue reading

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