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Vapid-personality Riesling

I’ll come clean, when I find that a Riesling has low alcohol and is bottled with a bit of residual sugar I am a real sucker for it. I buy a bottle enthusiastically and hope it’ll deliver even a small fraction of the thrilling, nervy tension of wines made in the home of this style, […]


Some of the wines we sampled

An evening’s drinking rarely leaves me this impressed

Once again it was our pleasure to host Peter Sidebotham (of Hand-Picked Burgundy) and Peter Palmer (the Black Sea wanderer) at Elitistreview Towers. We drank quite mind-bogglingly well, but I was a tad dejected that three weeks off the sauce whilst in hospital has done my historically epic tolerance no favours at all. I was […]


David's new big ones

It is so good to be home

I am out of hospital and feeling so much happier; my mood improved immeasurably as soon as I got home. I have to go back in a few weeks to get my gall bladder cut out, but I think I’ll manage that all right – it’ll stop my gall stones causing pancreatitis ever again. It […]


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The worst possible place to buy wine

How many times have you heard people braying with irritating smugness about all the wonderful cheap wine they have picked up in French supermarkets? Endlessly, I’ll wager. Well next time you hear some smug arse prattling out this tosh I strongly suggest you make it abundantly clear you could think of few experiences as dreary […]


Mangajo silly drinks

Sometimes we need silly drinks

I despise grocery shopping – supermarkets just bore me to tears. The only thing that allows me to survive a shopping trip is the promise that I can buy some form of silly drink to amuse me as I trek home with bags of food. Whilst I’ve been stuck in hospital I have been brought […]


A brief hiatus

I am afraid there will be a dearth of new posts on Elitistreview over the next couple of weeks or so. On Tuesday I was on my way to A La Cruz for lunch and was suddenly consumed with incredible pain. I made it into the nearest hospital and was told I had extremely severe […]


Cote-Rotie 2001, Clusel-Roch

Harmony and finesse

Unless you know the producer and vintage of a Cote-Rotie before you pop it, you can often be surprised by the variation in styles they show. Some are heavy and dense, some light and refined. Some can be as Bretty as a farmyard whilst others clean as a whistle. My preference is for the clean, […]


I love Jay Jay's wines and Sulfur!

I do love sulfur

Long time readers may recall – I think the stuff is a wonderful aid to fine wine-making. Jay Jay, the premier producer of Wehlener Sonnenuhr does not hold back his hand when sulphuring his wines and this results in them being incredibly cellar worthy. Sure, when you pop a bottle at the age of the […]


Riesling Spatlese Wehlener Sonnenuhr 2009, Dr Weins-Prum

Good Riesling – not available in intensive care

Yesterday I got out of hospital where I had been spending the past week. I suppose this blog is a bit of a home for florid expressions of excess, so let me just say that pancreatitis is without a doubt the most painful thing I have experienced in my life. Moreover, such was the woeful […]


Crozes-Hermitage Cuvee Gaby 2008, Domaine du Colombier

Some Northern Rhone flash for not much cash

I love Domaine du Colombier’s Northern Rhone wines – not only are they brilliant examples of their appellations they are also extremely reasonably priced. When one is on a nutcase income that helps a lot. Clearly, the red and white Hermitage wines are the things to get if you have (a not excessive amount of) […]