Fresh, fruity and fun

I don’t really like Sauvignon Blanc on its own but some are quite good; this is one of my favourites. Not only is it a good wine, it is also made by a charming chap. Jean-Laurent Vacheron is widely travelled had has assisted making wine at such prestigious addresses as Domaine de la Romanée-Conti; he […]


Asadal review

This Korean restaurant lives underground right next door to Holborn tube station. The decor and location are perhaps the most interesting things about it as on our trip we found the food to be woefully tedious. We ordered a selection of meat, fish and vegetable dishes. The waitress tried her best to be informative, warning […]


Fizzy lime

After a terribly dull Korean meal I fancied something nice to drink. Riesling Auslese Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg 1999, Karthäuserhof Light green/yellow colour. There are bubbles collecting around the base of the glass so I expect a bit of fizzy spritz. The nose smells very strongly of ripe limes, flint and there is a hint of botrytis […]


Making love in a boat*

This was the refreshment on offer at an incredibly dull Korean restaurant I visited tonight. A Korean lager that claimed to be made with ‘fresh, natural water’. Better than that stale, artificial water, I’ll wager…. Hite, 4.5% Very pale yellow. Doesn’t smell of anything. It tastes very slightly sweet and there is a hint of […]


Yummy things in general

I’ve said this before, but there is no harm in saying it again. Recently I’ve had a few heroic wines that I’ve quite liked, the Morgat Savennières and the 2001 Tempier spring to mind, but these are really not the wines I drink out of choice. I like my wines to be harmonious, balanced and […]


Yummy Morey

I’ve mentioned I enjoy Morey-Saint-Denis wines in the past; this one is particularly lovely. Once again it is a product of the hard work of the charming Cyprien Arlaud. Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru les Ruchots 1999, Domaine Arlaud A concentrated nose of lovely, elegant Morey fruit. The fruit is pure and ripe and it has a […]


Wow, this is good

The Tempier proved too filthy to drink. I got disappointed so decided to open something good; I wasn’t quite expecting it to be quite this good. Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru aux Malconsorts 2000, Sylvain Cathiard Quite pale in colour. A rich, exotic, hedonistic nose of ripe, clean fruit. This smells extraordinarily beautiful and concentrated. There is […]


Lawks, this is filthy

Another bottle popped before taking around to my neighbours tonight. After the heroism of the 2001 this is an almost moderate fourteen and a half percent. It also really stinks of arseholes. Bandol Cuvée Spéciale 2000, Domaine Tempier The nose really stinks of arseholes, farm yards and other less-than-clean things. There is a bit of […]


Quite a manly village wine

I admit to being slightly prejudiced when tasting wines made by this producer. I know the winemaker (and sat around by a pool with him wearing togas last summer) and he is a terribly nice chap. I think it is very important to buy wines made by lovely people. When we tried his 2004s from […]


The new Michelin guide

This is not much of an entry, I don’t see any point in regurgitating the hard work of others. Just to say that the excellent food blog Chez Pim has some information on the new Michelin guide for France. I’ve been to perilously few of those restaurants….