Sloo NV fizz (as we said at my primary school)

I’ve managed another bottle, even though I thought they’d be no wine until tomorrow. This is really yummy fizz. I still find myself thinking ‘Sloo’ when I have something tasty even though it is a very long time since I was at primary school. Champagne Grande Réserve NV, Gosset This has a very toasty nose […]

A pleasant surprise

The first New Zealand wine to be reported on in this spume of drivel. I just purchased it because I thought it would be vaguely interesting; it is actually quite nice. One of the neighbours I am drinking this with is from New Zealand, so he appreciates that I’ve got a native wine for him. […]

Off to Burgundy

I leave for Burgundy at the crack of dawn tomorrow, so there will be no more entries until I return. I am really not sure I can be bothered to fight with a French keyboard, so all producer reviews and general drinking comments will appear here when I get back. Keep drinking!

Not many entries

There will not be many, or probably any more, entries this week as I am completely out of wine. If I can manage to freeload a bottle from the neighbours I will, of course, write it up, but it is looking like quite a barren week for me as far as wine consumption goes. I […]

Five wines from around the web #6

Here are this month’s buying recommendations. Vintage Champagne 1983, Gratien: A properly mature Champagne. It is rather good. £47.95 from Berry Brothers and Rudd. Chambertin 1999, Domaine Frédéric Esmonin: This is a real steal. Proper Chambertin as a decent price. Keep it, I am keeping mine. £47.51 from Howard Ripley. Clos des Lambrays 2003, Domaine […]


Last night I had another bottle of . It was bloody awful. So hot and confected it tasted more like child’s sweets than a bottle of fine wine. I hated it with a passion. So much so that the bottle still sits in the fridge with only two glasses gone from it; it’ll go down […]

Nice Burgundy, pretty Burgundy

Rather a nice magnum drank with our lovely neighbours. Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru les Folatieres 2002, Gerard Chavy et fils en magnum This has a pretty nose of melon, lemon and creamy minerality. This smells like it has seen very little new oak and it is all the better for that. It has a very light-bodied […]

This afternoon’s general drinking

This afternoon’s general drinking was in the company of a lovely professional couple who kindly hosted us; they are really excellent cooks – roast chicken is a truly under-rated dish especially when cooked Jamie Oliver style with lots of butter under the breast. My friends are wonderful people. We drank quite well, too. Billecart-Salmon Blanc […]

I admit this is a bit girly

This is the second year we’ve imported some of this via an Italian wine merchant. It is a great summery drink. Moscato d’Asti 2005, Vignaioli di San Stefano The nose is really floral and fruity. Yummy yummy, this smells delicious. There is a nice refreshing fizz, good acidity and lots of tasty fruit. The sweetness […]

Musing on Bandol

I’m currently drinking a bottle of Bandol La Tourtine 2001 from Domaine Tempier, even though it is 15% I really like it. Tempier has long been my favourite producer of Bandol. La Tourtine was always my favourite of the two Tempier vineyards. Oddly I feel vaguely guilty that I now prefer La Miguoa; it is […]