I’m a Twit

Today two unconnected people suggested that I should be using Twitter, and it has been mentioned by many people in the past. So I have followed their advice and signed up; I must now only be a couple of years behind the curve. My Twitter address is http://twitter.com/elitistreview . You can see my latest tweets […]

Now this is good fizz

Daniel’s mother is visiting and we have opened a really good bottle of fizz. To be honest, I’m quite surprised how totally fantastic it is. Vintage Champagne 1996, Alfred Gratien This has a powerful cocoa nose, but there is a lot of sophisticated fruit there as well. This certainly smells big, but there is some […]


Sometimes I really feel like this

Is this really the government’s domain to meddle in?

I’m just reading an article on the Daily Telegraph about the new food strategy that is being cooked up by the loony, control-freak government in Blighty. It is pissing me off no end. Hilary Benn, the Environment Secretary who is cooking this up is clearly a nutter in the very worst sense of the word […]


Do people not realise that I like good wine?

My father sent me these two bottles that he had picked up in the gift shop at his local stately home. Obviously, when I opened the parcel I thought he had sent them as a joke; anyone with even a cursory knowledge of my interests could not reasonably expect me to get anything from wine […]

A good excuse to drink fizz

Today marks the eighth anniversary of the partner and I moving in together; eight wild but happy years. Seems a good excuse for fine Champagne. Grand Annee Brut 1996, Bollinger There is a lot of cold cocoa on the nose, hints of meat and digestive biscuits as well. It is a big, powerful nose with […]


No matter how right you are that is no excuse to be irritating

Book review: Liquid Memory – why wine matters by Jonathan Nossiter We were given this book as a christmas present. Written by the director of the film Mondovino, it promised to have an opinionated look at the world of wine. Whilst we largely agreed with what he had to say, it is an extremely irritating […]

Four years on

We tasted this . I said I’d like to come back to it in 5-10 years but the partner has popped his bottle after merely four; it has developed. In the right hands (and ‘Le Homme’ Vacheron has the right hands, he’s worked at DRC) and the right places Pinot Noir is what does it […]

Those Australians make everything these days

Rather than making a thick, sweet liqueur Muscat with this Barossa fruit, Two Hands have made a light, sweet, fizzy wine. Given the miniscule amounts of pleasure I have got out of liqueur Muscats this seems like a good thing to do with your fruit. I think good Italian Moscatos of this style can be […]

The year at Elitist Review

Normally at this time of year I’d be bragging about how vaguely popular Elitist Review is and indulge in some stat-porn. However, I changed hosting providers in March and the new hosting company lacks the brilliant AWStats that kept telling me how many kind readers dropped by. With the less good webstats software I now […]