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Dinner at casa Percival

We recently had the wonderful pleasure of dinner with Bronwen and Francis Percival, food and cheese gods of London, Burgundy and beyond. They cooked amazing food and, fitting Bronwen’s role as head cheese buyer for Neal’s Yard Dairy, truly brilliant cheese. I cannot remember the myriad of cheeses we tried, but I’ll start off with […]

Our host Peter Sidebotham with Ravenneau Grand Cru 2004

Burgundy at La Trompette

Yesterday I had a great meal at La Trompette in Chiswick. The food was marvellous, the company brilliant, but sadly the red Burgundies we took along were extremely disappointing. This was only my second meal at La Trompette and based on the food and highly interesting wine list it is a shame I have not […]

Simon Taylor with Balthazar Cornas 2001

Drinking with Stone, Vine and Sun

Being fairly new to the Winchester area it is good to make new friends. Consequently, on Monday night we enjoyed going the The Old Forge in Otterbourne to go drinking with Stone, Vine and Sun’s Simon Taylor and Gordon Coates. They are the local serious wine merchant and based upon what we enjoyed together I […]

Mission 82, Mouton 89 and lovely Keithy P!

Lunch with Keith Prothero

This will be a brief report, but I hope to capture the brilliance of the occasion that was lunch with Keith Prothero. Not only is he a lovely fellow, but all his friends are too, and all share exquisite taste in food and drink. Best lunch I’ve had in ages – well done Nigel P-M […]

Pinot Gris Vendanges Tardives Grand Cru Sommerberg 2006, Domaine Albert Boxler

I am celebrating with sugary wine!

Last week I got a call from my doctor with the results of a blood test. She told me I had diabetes and so needed to come in and discuss it. I was more than a little perturbed by this; as an ex-epidemiologist I am well aware how serious diabetes can be. Indeed, even today […]

Kathryn Tully modelling Cos d'Estournel 1988

A few days drinking in Jersey part 2 – the reds

Part two of my report on the Ile d’Amour larks is about the red wines. Edward has a bit of a thing for Claret, which my long-term reader will know I view as over-priced, over-hyped and just so god-damned dreary. But I liked the two he popped (hmmmm… liked? Perhaps ‘endured with a smile’). The […]

Riesling Kabinett Berncasteler Doctor 2009, Wwe. Dr Thanisch (Erben Thanisch)

Super-ripe Riesling Kabinett, buxom St Joseph and ultra-ripe Barsac

The wines popped last night were clearly in a stage that provided much pleasure as we drank them. That being said I feel there would be no risk putting them, even the relatively humble Saint-Joseph, in the cellar for a reasonable period of time. I don’t drink sweet white Bordeaux that often but, , it […]

Botrytised grapes

Sauternes – the bargain wine from Bordeaux

I was never the most shy or retiring of youths, but when visiting Sauternes (Bordeaux’s sweet wine enclave) at the age of 12 I was stunned into an approximation of silence by the heady, nectarous delights I felt deeply fortunate to be tasting. This was my first visit to a quality wine region and it […]


I’m just engaged in a little exchange of text messages with a chum. He asks if he should buy 2005 Jamet Cote-Rotie for £20 a bottle. Brilliant wine at an extremely keen price; I told him to snap them up. He then asked about 2004 and I said that was a bit less interesting but […]

A reasonably heroic evening

Well, we’ll be eating steak tartare, and drinking all that is listed below. Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru Clavoillon 2001, Domaine Leflaive This smells really toasty, with round, buxom lemony fruit there. It is really creamy and mineral. Smells, perfectly balanced between youth and maturity. The palate is really fat and full-bodied, but has great fruit and […]

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