2012 Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Auslese 25

Red-hot nipple clamps

2012 German Riesling is great. It is very ripe with luxurious Kabinetts and Spatlesen bursting with ripe, rich fruit. There is plenty of acidity too. The wines fizz with vibrant life, burning through your tooth enamel and sending thrills of excitement through your body as they scold your stomach. Most of the 2012 German Rieslings […]


Dani and Davy at the Bangkok Brasserie

Quickie: How to order food at a Thai restaurant

Today marks the thirteenth anniversary of the first restaurant meal I shared with The Editor after he moved to London the previous day. I could not dine with him that day as I had been detained in a loony bin and I was not allowed out until The Editor came and soothed my doctor’s nerves […]


A falafel wrap being prepared

Falafel Express

Winchester is, in a way, a veritable Jerusalem – but with fewer stinking people who are convinced they are Jesus. A trip to the Falafel Express stand, on the High Street every Wednesday and Thursday, will only convince you further that you are in Al-Quds. Falafel Express are also on Southampton High Street on Fridays, […]


Sixpoint Bengali Tiger

Quickie: Craft beer in a can

This quickie is to celebrate the birthday of my friend Peter. He appreciates quality beer, particularly of the IPA variety, so this beer would really appeal to him. The excellent chain  J D Wetherspoon have just started selling real ale in a can from the United States brewery Sixpoint. The cans are coated with a […]


Pfluger Riesling Trocken 2013

A real flyer

Those of us who learned to taste German Riesling Trockens in the nineties and early noughties realised we should view them with fear and loathing. They were lean, harsh, acrid entities of pain and severity. I utterly hated them and vowed I would never say a good word about them. Clearly just to irritate me, […]


Domaine Arlaud Cremant de Bourgogne

Quickie: Domaine Arlaud Cremant de Bourgogne

Cremant de Bourgogne is invariably consumed by Germans and Dutch. Since the Germans all have beards and identify themselves as ‘gender-fluid pansexual furry’ and the Dutch are all monomaniacal about speed skating, that is a sad fate for a wine from Burgundy. To be honest, most Cremant deserves such a hideous end, the vast majority […]


Drouhin Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru Clos Sorbe 2011

Drouhin Morey Clos Sorbe, have they always been this good?

One of the things about knowing lots of growers in Burgundy is one can get a little sniffy about the negociants. You start thinking things like, without direct control in the vineyards they cannot keep the quality up. Then some vicious bastard will open lots of Dominique Laurent wines for you and you become convinced […]


Domaine Henri Jouan Clos-Saint-Denis Grand Cru

2012 red Burgundy at Clark Foyster Wines, the best of the best

2012 red Burgundy is excellent. A lot of wines are probably truly great. However, the appalling weather conditions during the growing season mean that the volumes of these complex, structured, intense wines are sadly miniscule. Of course, this means that prices have gone up. Again. Bugger! Luckily, for us, Clark Foyster Wines, who put on […]


Time to talk about mental health day

Time to Talk Day

Today, 6 February, is Time to Talk about mental health day. For reasons that I assure you are well-meaning and inspired by wholesome motives, I have decided to take part. As regular readers will know, I suffer from paranoid schizophrenia. I have quite broad experience of what this illness can do to one as well […]


A Jake's pork pie displaying it's meat

Jake’s pork pies are best

Jake’s pork pies epitomise the embarrassment of riches one can find at Hampshire Farmers’ Markets. They are made from free range pork sourced from the best Hampshire butchers, made locally in Hampshire and are the best example of a pork pie one can find anywhere. There is no doubt that the pork is excellent. It […]