Quickie: Schizophrenia Awareness Week

I’m a bit late on this (as I have been ill…) but this week until tomorrow is Schizophrenia Awareness Week. Rethink, the charity I’ve given talks in such places as the Houses of Parliament for, have produced this document to help raise awareness of the disorder. If you cannot be bothered to read the whole […]


My latest quickie: Quite what Restoration Pale Ale is I’m not sure…

Quite what Restoration Pale Ale is I’m not sure. I know what restoration comedies are but cannot make a link. What drew me to it was that (once again) it was brewed by an American, that it was Pale Ale (something I’ve written about quite a lot on Elitistreview) and it was of properly refreshing strength […]


My latest quickie: Ballast Point Even Keel once again demonstrates that US beers,…

Ballast Point Even Keel once again demonstrates that US beers, even if they are brewed in the UK, make for superior drinking. In order to have got beer this good out of the the Marston’s brewery the Ballast Point Brewing Company much have shot all the workers and put the brewery through an autoclave. It […]


My latest quickie: Riesling Auslese Eitelsbacher Karthauserhofberg 2009 really…

Riesling Auslese Eitelsbacher Karthauserhofberg 2009 really rammed home a point for me: the sumptuous, glorious richness of German 2009s. This wine was extremely generously proportioned, with powerful fruit of a melon/lime mix and an incredible density one rarely finds in ‘lighter’ German Rieslings. There wasn’t just scale, though, there was also one mother-grabbing load of […]


Lignier-Michelot Chambolle-Musigny 2009

2009 Burgundy is SO lovely

This bottle was sent to me by my lovely friend Sean who felt I needed cheering up when I was psychotic, depressed and suicidal a month or so back. What he didn’t know was the one of the drugs I was prescribed back then makes people psychotic and suicidal when they drink even if they […]


My latest quickie: lomstercode: Reeve the Baker make some amazing mince pies….

lomstercode: Reeve the Baker make some amazing mince pies. These ones are topped with an unfeasibly buttery Viennese whirl, and a generous sprinkling of icing sugar. They are the best ever! He’s right, they are quite amazing mince pies. The power of butter should never be underestimated. There’s one hell of a lot of it […]


My latest quickie: Davy’s Birthday Big Bottle Bonanza For those attending my…

Davy’s Birthday Big Bottle Bonanza For those attending my 40th in November you can see the latest arrivals for the party in the top-most picture. The other two pictures show the full line-up of thirteen magnums and four jeroboams for the thirty guests at Davy’s Birthday Big Bottle Bonanza. If you’ve missed the full list for […]


My latest quickie: Tonight we decided to have some Wooing Tree Pinot Noir with one…

Tonight we decided to have some Wooing Tree Pinot Noir with one of the first Vacherin Mont d’Or’s of the season, the match was terrible, but I’ll tell you about the wine first before we get onto the cheese and silly video. Wooing Tree Pinot Noir 2009 is a top-flight New Zealand Pinot from the […]


My latest quickie: I know I’ve done a brief video tasting note of G. D. Vajra…

I know I’ve done a brief video tasting note of G. D. Vajra Moscato d’Asti, but having just gulped down another bottle I thought I’d say a little more. One of the things you’ve got to avoid in Moscato, and is all too prevalent in the cheap ones, is that they smell and taste of […]


My latest quickie: Latest quickie. The wine we had for dinner at midnight last…

Blondie by Wooing Tree Steaks cooking Steaks a bit more cooked Gorgeous beef Ready to whip off the grill Sreak macaroni and cheese, and Wooing Tree Blondie Latest quickie. The wine we had for dinner at midnight last night was rather unusual: a white (well it had hints of pink) wine made from Pinot Noir, […]