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Happy 2016 to all my wonderful readers

A day in advance, I know, but team Elitistreview, including Kisu the Elitistreview office cat, would like to wish you a happy new year. May 2016 be the best year ever filled with love, happiness, wonderful food and extremely fine wine. Team Elitistreview, but not Kisu, will be washing away all the vile memories of […]

The Youth of Bacchus

40th birthday wine poll

Given my youthful visage and playful attitude you may be surprised I was born almost forty years ago; my birthday party is in November. It’ll be a quiet little affair with a few select friends whom I like, nay, love deeply and want to celebrate with that one day a year one gets old on. […]

G D Vajra Moscato 2012

G. D. Vajra Moscato 2012

At Elitistreview we move with the times and are always happy to embrace new technology – you may recall us publishing our organ on Google Currents. Well today we go one step further with a video tasting note harnessing the the power of Instagram. I admit that the focussing ability of my tablet is not […]

The best affordable olive oil

The olive oil to buy

I would like to tell you about some olive oil that is so good it is the staple at Elitistreview Towers; we always feel delighted when we have the chance to use it. ‘So good’ is the prime quality that interests the team here, but speaking for myself, I also have an eye for a […]

Elitistreview Currents view

Some techie stuff about subscribing to Elitistreview

Much as it pain me to bore you all, dear readers, with boring technical stuff, I’m afraid I’m going to have to enlighten you about a few things if you are to keep mirthfully perusing my august organ. Some of my RSS subscribers will need to re-subscribe, as will some email subscribers, but to soften […]

Davy scoffing banh mi

Surviving Burgundy en primeur tastings in London

Later today I head into London to attend two 2011 Burgundy en primeur tastings. I love tasting the wines but utterly despise London . London is filthy, loud and packed with unhappy people who react as if you’ve threatened to stab them if you look them in the eye. I am so worried about going […]


An Elitistreview book?

I started writing a book at the beginning of summer; about Burgundy, oddly. Much as I enjoy writing it is a lot of effort for mad man me. Consequently, it occurs to me I should find out whether anyone would actually be interested in buying it before flaying myself alive writing the bloody thing. Hence […]


Bien loché

I get hordes of people finding this site searching for the phrase “bien loché”, presumably finding me because it’s tucked away in a few tasting notes. Well, after 11 people came to me yesterday searching for that, I thought I would service my readers requirements and make the definition clear in a post of its […]


Happy third birthday to me!

Today is my third birthday and, after a month of having major mental health issues, I am determined to have a good time. Later today I will be going to The Bangkok Brasserie, Winchester’s excellent Thai restaurant, for a celebratory bash. I’ve asked the right questions (“I like the food how Thai people like it” […]


A peek into psychosis

I’m only really writing this to try and batter my extremely confused mind into a semblance of coherency – writing helps me focus. I wondered whether I needed to publish it, but it occurred to me it might give you, dear reader, an understanding of why my posting is erratic in timing and often erratic […]

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