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 […]


Five more to go, probably down the sink

I have no idea what grapes this wine is made from, if indeed it is made from grapes. The partner has been given a six pack, what will we do with them all I wonder. Natural Sweet 2002, Buitenverwachting It is quite orange. The nose has a lot of botrytis, acetone and vinegar smells. It […]


Another poor bottle

I’ve popped my last bottle of . Just as with the bottle reviewed earlier this has painfully high acid levels, it is seriously unbalanced and not very nice. The levels of Brett are really distracting, too. No thanks.


Larks ahoy!

I was only planning to go to three or four tastings when in Burgundy in July. I have contacted Domaine Arlaud, Domaine Roulot and Domaine Roumier to make bookings already. Then I got a call from the friendly winemaker who will be acting as one of our hosts saying that she wanted to join us […]


Off but on

I’ve just had some more , it is terribly good. Straight out of the fridge it really shows that it can be a refreshing drink thanks to all of that acidity. I like its slightly off, savoury character too. Oddly, there is some fruit as well. I admit it is candied, preserved fruit, but fruit […]


Quite oaky

This is one of my favourite non-vintage Champagne; it is a bargain when purchased in France. Champagne Brut NV, Alfred Gratien The nose is really quite fruity, but some toasty oak is also very noticeable. The palate also has plenty of fruit, good acidity and a finish that leaves you picking oak splinters out of […]


More excess from 2003

More evidence of the super-ripeness of 2003 grapes. This doesn’t really make for a refreshing drink on a hot afternoon. Riesling Kanzemer Altenberg Alte Reben 2003, van Volxem A very dense nose of ripe fruit, it smells quite Muscatty so overt is it. There is a bit of citric fruit as well, but it could […]


Bentley’s Oyster Bar is rubbish

Bentley’s Oyster Bar Review I suppose I could be a bit more lenient on Bentley’s as we dined on a Sunday but I’m not going to: it was terrible. It is not a bad dining atmosphere in the oyster bar, but it began to drag a bit as we were sat there with nothing to […]


Best in London so far

Sushi-Say review When I was asked to book a sushi place for Sunday lunch I was a tad surprised; Sunday hardly seems like the best day to be seeking the freshest of fish. Fortunately, my fears were unfounded as this turned out to be the best sushi meal I’ve had in London. As a South […]


More food than you might expect

Yauatcha review Yauatcha is quite an impressive looking place in the middle of Soho. Upstairs there is a tea room with little cakes on offer, downstairs is the main restaurant which is the site of the best dim sum meal I have ever eaten. The restaurant itself it quite stylish, with plenty of room between […]