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The Youth of Bacchus

40th birthday wine poll

Given my youthful visage and playful attitude you may be surprised I was born almost forty years ago; my birthday party is in November. It’ll be a quiet little affair with a few select friends whom I like, nay, love deeply and want to celebrate with that one day a year one gets old on. […]


Coume del Mas Schistes 2011

I hate this wine

In a recent tasting note I said I bloody hate Grenache-based wines – they are normally too heavy, boozy and hard work. Given this, my excellent chum Lance Foyster, a wine merchant I’ve known for 20 years, decided to send me this bottle of 14.5% Grenache. I can only imagine he did this to continue […]


Banyuls Cuvee Mediterranee 2005

This is how to do Grenache!

I really don’t have much time for Grenache-based wines. They are usually soupily boozed-up, with little real refinement or complexity. They are just so often fruit and alcohol bombs and that sort of thing bores the poo out of me. I bloody hate them. So if you are obliged, by previous generations’ planting habits, to make […]


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Fine wine frolics at Ben’s Canteen

I hope you will forgive me if this is not my longest or most coherent article, things got a bit quaquaversal in the early hours of this morning. However, yesterday evening was lavishly loaded with laughs and it might return a bit of order to my mind to try and report on the wizard walrus experience […]


Chateau Pradeaux Bandol Rose 2010

Tired and generally shagged out

As this note appears online I will be heading into London for Clark Foyster’s 2011 Burgundy en primeur tasting – this the most desirable event of the Burgundy tasting calendar. I will wear loud clothing and sample hilariously fine wines whilst rubbing my belly with mirth. The jocularity of the event should prevent the ‘going […]


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Perplexing Pradeaux

Dinner tonight was ox cheek stew; it didn’t require as long cooking as I expected, only four hours. But it was delicious and filled with meaty goodness and so required a hearty wine. Bandol, I thought. I have a few bottles of Chateau Pradeaux sitting in my wine fridge and I’m definitely a big fan […]


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A bonkers blend

Chateau d’Estoublon is the local competitor to Domaine de Trevallon; a producer long-time readers will know I rather like. d’Estoublon play it by the rules and only have a small proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon, so they are allowed the AOC on the label that Trevallon are not. The predominant grapes of this are Grenache, Syrah […]


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Red wine and tranquilisers

I’m still feeling distinctly bonkers and greatly appreciating the Clonazepam I was prescribed yesterday in order to deal with the anxiety of being Tonto. In the information leaflet that comes with them they warn that drinking alcohol concurrently can lead to extra sedation. When I got a delivery of wine this morning I thought I […]


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NOT Cab/Shiraz!

As someone who really doesn’t go for Cabernet-based wines I suppose I shouldn’t like this so much. But it’s not Cabernet I don’t like, it’s good wines I like! I’ll drink anything as long as it delivers the goods and this wine does so in an articulated lorry. Excellent! Elitistreview readers will probably know Trevallon […]


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The stellar heights of drinking with the stellar heights of beef

Captain Peter came around for lunch the other day – my did we eat and drink well! The wines ended at a screaming, literally SCREAMING, peak of brilliance, but I’ll start off with a few words about the food. We started off with the usual sausage and gesier salad. This was lovely with some red […]

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