I got the neighbour to open something too

Considering this wine is 14.5% I surprise myself that I like it. Moss Wood used to make both a wooded and an unwooded Semillon. They recently decided that unwooded was best and now make only that. Semillon 2001, Moss Wood The nose suggests this is a good fighting wine. Lots of alcohol sweetness, ripe lemony […]


I’ll get that Rhône percentage down!

The neighbour is after a drink tonight, this should do just fine. Cornas Domaine de Rochepertuis 1997, Jean Lionnet This has a nose of soft red fruit, with hints of chocolate and beetroot. It also smells warm and peppery. Perhaps there are hints of tiredness on the nose. Yes, it is a bit tired, the […]


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Spot the favourites

I was just looking at my wine database, specifically the distribution of regions and the varietals of all my wines. This is the regions distribution: Here are the varietals: As you can see, I like red Burgundy. The only other Pinot Noir I own is a single bottle of Blanc de Noirs Champagne and a […]


Straight down the line again

Vincent Dauvissat is widely considered to be one of the best producers of Chablis. He is one of the people who ferment their wines in old oak barrels. Perhaps I am being over-enthusiastic opening this wine at a mere two years old, but it is a sunny day and I fancy a glass of something […]


Straight down the line

Vincent Dauvissat is widely considered to be one of the best producers of Chablis. He is one of the people who ferment their wines in old oak barrels. Perhaps I am being over-enthusiastic opening this wine at a mere two years old, but it is a sunny day and I fancy a glass of something […]


Five wines from around the web #5

Burgundy plus a couple of wines for summer. Morey Saint Denis Premier Cru les Ruchots 1999, Domaine Arlaud: Lovely Morey. Read the here. £26.95 from Stone, Vine and Sun. Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Spatlese 2004, Dönnhoff: A brilliant 2004 German Riesling. Great acidity, lovely fruit and nice richness. It will age really well, but is quite […]


Let them eat cake

I cannot believe how debased the art of baking is in this country. Don’t get me wrong, there are a few decent bakeries in London, but if you go into even quite an up-market supermarket they will have a wide selection of breads with all kinds of flours, flavours and seeds all of which are […]


A good heroic wine

, but there is no harm in giving a fuller note. I’ve just decanted this to have with lasagna tonight. Bandol Cuvée Spéciale la Migoua 2001, Domaine Tempier This has a fairly heroic nose of alcohol (it is 15%), but there is a lot of fragrant fruit there. It is also quite meaty/leathery with a […]


This is very real

After my you may think I’d hate this beast of a beer. I think this is quite balanced, although not really a light, refreshing drink. It is a Trappist monk beer. No wonder they don’t talk, they must be too drunk. The large lumps of dead yeast in the bottom of the bottle demonstrate that […]


It’s not real

This is not a real ale in a bottle, it is not bottle-conditioned. It is quite refreshing to drink whilst watching the cricket, though. Timothy Taylor’s Landlord Pale Ale, 4.1% A darkish golden colour. This has a really hoppy nose, it smells really quite lively. The palate is refreshingly bitter with good malty flavours. It […]