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An even more booze-tastic reward for skipping lunch

This seems to be working quite well for me. What is even better (although not perhaps on the ‘minimising calorie intake’-front) is that I am so pleased with myself for fighting off the crazy hunger all day that I feel quite justified in rewarding myself with a nice little drinkie. Today I am drinking Westons […]


Three 2001 Alsace Rieslings

Four truly stunning bottles of Alsace Riesling and a blind-tasting challenge

The first three bottles of Alsace Grand Cru Riesling were showing terribly well. Then we had a blind tasting challenge courteousy of the that excellent chap Captain ‘The Kid’ Peter, before we finished up the evening with a quite obscenely brilliant bottle of (again) Alsace Riesling. I present the blind-tasting challenge in the form of […]


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Food news of the day – Kraft buys up Cadbury

If you live in the UK you will have encountered the news that Cadbury, the iconic British chocolate manufacturer, has been snapped up by the American ciggie company Philip Morris in the guise of their subsidiary company Kraft. The outgoing chairman of Cadbury has even pronounced that job losses in the UK are an ‘inevitability’ […]


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Pale Ale – my reward for resisting lunch

I’ve . As usual, today I have been crazily hungry and desperate to have a substantial lunch. Yet lunchtime has passed and I haven’t touched any food. This deserves a reward. A small bottle of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale seems like an excellent reward. It is bottle-conditioned, which gives it more life and complexity. It […]


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A new, irrelevant code of conduct for pubs

The BBC, favourite news outlet of the neo-prohibitionists thanks to its relentlessly uncritical reporting, has an article on the new code of conduct that will be introduced for pubs later this year. It contains the usual dodgy statistics and quotes from self-serving moral guardians (including pronouncements from the odious arse Don Shenker), but let us […]


Let us look in more detail at Scotland’s Buckfast violence epidemic

I Tweeted about the ‘terrible’ problems that Buckfast Tonic Wine (and it is really wine in a euphemistic sense) seems to be causing in Scotland as reported on the BBC News website a bit earlier and in a documentary on BBC Scotland to be broadcast later today. We need to look at this is a […]


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Hot and sour beef salad – great diet food

The partner and I have got a bit too porky in recent years, so over the past couple of months we have made a conscious effort to shed some of the lard. Naturally, we could not cut down on our fine wine intake, nor indeed our occasional consumption of characterful , and , so we […]


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There is nothing faulty about this Morey Premier Cru, but I find it ultimately lacking

I’m normally happy to pop a bottle of Morey-Saint-Denis wine, but this is far from one of the most pleasing examples I’ve had. Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru Faconnieres 2005, Virgile Lignier The nose has a lot of very ripe fruit, which you’d hope would be quite attractive, but I am just finding it a tiny bit […]


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A stunning Alsace Riesling

I’m very pleased to be drinking this. Not only do I love Boxler wines but also given my luck with Alsace Riesling recently I am very glad it is not the slightest bit oxidised and is in absolutely top condition. The L31DII designation was only used in the 2002 vintage for a plot of his […]


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Who cares about drinking guidelines when they are just made up?

There is another story on the BBC News website trying to scare Scottish people into drinking less alcohol and accept pointless restrictions on their liberty when it comes to alcohol pricing and availability. One of the things that vexed me about the article was that it says the average Scots drinker over the age of […]