Category Archives: Buying Wine

If you are serious about being a champagne lover, you will know all about the ‘Special Club’, a Champagne idiosyncrasy, but it is what it says: a very special club.  For all the groupings of single estates formed in the … Continue reading

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In the world of good wine, more or less anything over £30 a bottle, this week has seen a minor mushroom cloud over London. Robert Parker (photo Sam Chin) has handed the Bordeaux ‘en primeur’ baton to Neil Martin, the … Continue reading

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I had the chance to catch up with Europe Red Butch Central last week. Gigondas for now, is only red with some rosé versions, and mainly Grenache, the most planted grape in the Rhône and the whole of the south … Continue reading

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So-called ‘grower champagne’, often seen right now as the epitome of ‘cool’, could do itself a favour, as I often argue, and drop the term ‘grower’. Burgundy’s top small single estates or domaines long ago stopped being called ‘grower Burgundy’ … Continue reading

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If you read wine columns, a diminishing habit amongst wine drinkers I’m told, you may have noticed that wine writers almost never criticise a wine. It’s been in the back of my mind for years but recently I read a lot … Continue reading

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I think today I may have tasted my best wine of 2014.  Not bad for January 13th, but by the law of averages this augers well; surely something will be even better to come over the next 353 days. But … Continue reading

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Apparently in the ‘squeezed middle’, Boden wearing Volkswagen Passat people are not afraid to do ‘thrift’ now, even though they would never call it poverty.  But surely, they would never be seen dead (or in pink track suits and new … Continue reading

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1 Don’t Be Lazy About Wine Don’t be impressed by ‘experts’ who say they have a mission to demystify wine. If you want more out of wine than a pick-me-up after work, happy juice for the middle classes, then make … Continue reading

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The hot, late summer sun shone yesterday on London Fields, Hackney’s epicentre of cool. If your eyes weren’t behind top shades, you weren’t dressed. In ten years this East End locale has become the gambolling park for London’s professional jeunesse … Continue reading

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You may have noticed German grocery discount chain Lidl, never over-priced but over here, has been going up in the world with its wine. In 2012 Lidl launched an up-market Wine Celler range and recently I was pleased to test … Continue reading

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