Roma just isn’t strong enough

I’m in the mood for coffee. Luckily I have a brilliant espresso machine that uses Nespresso pods. Now you may be thinking Nescafe coffee is shit, and so did I, but these pods in my machine make the best titting coffee this side of the Alps. When we got it we decided to taste through […]

The best village level Burgundy

I really loved the Dujac Morey 05 I had last night, it was quite delicious and this got me thinking about ‘premium’ village level Burgundy. There are a few producers who give their basic offerings real stuffing and they are proper wines by any definition of the word. I’ve plucked a few of my favourite […]

Now this is highly attractive

This is a great pleasure to drink. Morey-Saint-Denis 2005, Domaine Dujac This smells just lovely. Ripe fruit and a scented, floral character; a lovely rose garden! Clean as a whistle. It may only be a village wine but it is quite charming. The palate has smooth, clean, ripe fruit which is deeply lovely. Wines like […]

Junk food can be cooked well or mind-buggeringly badly.

I love fish and chips, a fantastic meal which suits the requirements for a quick lunch very well. With mushy peas, obviously. Yesterday my local establishment, the Fish and Grill on the market square in Woolwich, shocked and appalled me with the shit they had the temerity to serve. I’ve been there before and had […]


Even the cat likes the label

We are told that this is a wine of auslese ripeness, selected from the best parts of the vineyard, fermented until it is off-dry. It is quite a nice drink, but I am not entirely convinced. Riesling Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Qba ‘Superior’ 2007, von Schubert This has a lovely, detailed nose of peachy fruit and […]

People in Borough Market are a pain in the arse

I just had a piece of wonderful Lincolnshire Poacher from Neal’s Yard Cheese Shop in Borough Market, this reminded me of the ‘Borough Market shopping experience’. It is a great place to get very high quality ingredients and generally marvelous food, but most of the drips who go there generally piss me off. We shall […]


A hearty dinner

Tonight we held a modest little dinner party for my mother and stepfather. For a change, it wasn’t terribly wine-tastic, as the food was of the unsophisticated kind. It was terribly good, though. We cooked : And wonderful Sicilian sausages from Sillfield farm: You can tell those are good sausages because they go pink when […]

I’ll throw this one open to the audience

Sometimes I worry my tastes in wine are becoming so rarified and abstracted that no one else would like the stuff I like. It doesn’t often seem to happen, but I still worry. In view of this, I want to ask you, my knowledgeable audience, what wine I should buy to charm a wine neophyte. […]

A bargain but not that serious

This was recommended to me as a serious wine at a bargain price. It is a nice drink certainly, but is not going to set the world on fire with its complexity. Riesling Spatlese Enkircher Ellergrub 2007, Weiser-Kunstler A nice, fruity nose, with that pleasing baby fat character of Riesling. This is in the full […]

Some wines just click

Sometimes when you try a wine it really hits your sweet spot. Sometimes these wines are really great bargains, and you feel really good about drinking them. I remember buying Clusel-Roch when I was at Oxford and I was deeply moved by their total elegance and refinement. Cote-Rotie 2005, Clusel-Roch This has astonishingly lovely blackberry […]