Chambolle-Musigny 2007, Dujac Fils & Pere

What a happy day it’s turned out to be!

When one starts thinking about super-elite producers like Domaine Dujac it is easy to get carried away with the heights of their vinous production. This Chambolle village from their negociant operation shows they are capable of the very highest quality across the board, even in less fashionable vintages. For those who don’t know, Dujac Fils […]

Woodlands Jersey Beef roast rib of beef

Quality beef and the book that tells you how to cook it

Recently I’ve been eating some extremely scrummy beef from Woodlands Jersey Beef which has exceeded all my expectations as far as the local cattle goes. In order to serve these excellent hunks of animal at their best I’ve scoured my food tomes for the ideal methods of preparation. This has led to me thinking there […]

Natural wines, they just make one angry rather than happy

Natural wines: the mendacity and ego-mania

I have mentioned natural wines in passing on this site and I think those mentions have made it clear I have little time for the arseho… erm… ‘movement‘, but there have been a couple of spirited defences from respectable writers and I feel some direct comment is in order. Eric Asimov of the New York […]

Dani flashing his orbs

Orgasmic orbs

In honour of the great David J Constable and his noble Scotch Egg punditry I shall follow his lead and refer to the subject of this post as ‘orbs’. I aim to provide a reliable recipe for Scotch eggs/orbs, detail the qualities of required ingredients and give some suggestions for things to serve with them. […]

Peter Sidebotham with Roumier Chambolles and Rhys Pinot Noir

Two Roumier Chambolles

I visit Christophe Roumier every year – he is one of the great producers of Chambolle-Musigny. However, after I have tasted from cask most of the wines I buy go straight into the cellar. Consequently, it was a real treat to try two Chambolle villages at a relatively early stage of development. They provided very […]

Joh Jos Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2001

Electric sex pants!

This note celebrates two events. Firstly, today it’s the 13th anniversary of the first time I tried to kill myself, shortly after paranoid schizophrenia consumed my mind, by slashing my wrists and then getting sectioned in the loony bin a few hours later. Tonight those events seem a terribly long time ago; I suppose they […]

Redwood Boysenberry Nip

New Zealand’s finest!

Long-time drinking buddy ‘Non-stinky’ Jeff Home is current enjoying life in New Zealand and sends this guest post. After long and involved articles on 2010 Burgundy it seemed a refreshing view into a different type of drink. I hope you find it enlightening. Over to NSJ: Redwood Boysenberry Nip is sold in 750ml bottles in […]

Howard Ripley

2010 Burgundy tasting from Howard Ripley

Since I did not make it to most of the 2010 Burgundy tastings I planned to attend I am very pleased that my friend James Hardy provided this summary of Howard Ripley’s event. James is an ex-Captain of the Oxford University Blind tasting team and so knows his onions. This is particularly true as I […]

Claude Drouhin with the world's most lovely Corton rouge

2010 Burgundy tasting with Haynes, Hanson and Clark

I must start with an apology: horrific illness has prevented me from attending most of the 2010 Burgundy tastings I was planning to visit and write up. Luckily Haynes, Hanson and Clark provided an excellent view across many styles and producers and had much to say in general about the hilariously fine quality of the […]

Chateau Pibarnon 1997, brown-hole Bandol


The natural wine lunatics have taught us one thing: just because a wine is faulty doesn’t mean it’s great. However, faulty wines can have their pleasures and this bottle of Chateau Pibarnon 1997 is not without enjoyment value. I popped this with some Beechcroft beef burgers to celebrate feeling almost slightly less appallingly ill and […]