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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. […]

G D Vajra Moscato 2012

G. D. Vajra Moscato 2012

At Elitistreview we move with the times and are always happy to embrace new technology – you may recall us publishing our organ on Google Currents. Well today we go one step further with a video tasting note harnessing the the power of Instagram. I admit that the focussing ability of my tablet is not […]

Brachetto del Roero 'Birbet'

A super summer sparkler

Do not like Riesling? You are mad. Do not like Moscato? Christ… Well, do not worry, when they let you out of the secure ward (I can suggest some minimally nasty loony bins to book into) I have a great recommendation for a summery wine for you. It is light, refreshing, affordable and, if I am […]


Costanti Brunello Riserva 1997

Conti Costanti Brunello is quite flash, and this Riserva was rather pricy when purchased a decade ago; I haven’t dared look at prices in ages. I hope it has not got too wildly expensive as this was a total delight to drink and was great with dinner. Dinner was Scotch eggs (again). The label for […]

Many thanks to Andy Singer for having no idea I've stolen one of his jokes - click this image to go to his site

Three cheap wines I love

When I mention my interest in wine to a new acquaintance I am rarely surprised by the responses I hear. Sadly, the most frequent reaction is for someone to adjust their face to a woefully tiresome expression and say, in a tone more appropriate for accusing someone of farting in their granny’s face, “Oh you […]

David modelling Langhe Nebbiolo 2009 from Sottimano

Nebbiolo and Camembert

I wanted to obtain this bottle of Nebbiolo to see if it was worth shelling out for the producer’s flasher wines. When I was on the blower to the wine-merchant he said he only had one bottle of the grown-up example I particularly wanted, so I scored that anyway. Perhaps this is cognitive dissonance at […]

Boca 2006, Le Piane

Obscure Nebbiolo and a poll

Boca DOC is a deeply obscure Piedmontese wine region. They claim that during the 19th century it was one of the most well-regarded wine regions in Europe, but isn’t that what all of these unrecognised wine regions say about themselves? It is certainly true that a lot of quality wine regions were blitzed by phyloxera […]

Grilled bone marrow

Monday at Hawksmoor: first-class meat, exceptional wines and terrific company

Yesterday I had the great pleasure to dine at Hawksmoor, London’s best meat restaurant, in the company of some engaging and entertaining chaps. Many thanks to Guy Dennis for organising it; it was lovely to see you and Paul Day again and distinctly jolly to make the acquaintance of Nigel Platts-Martin, a restauranteur with a […]

Guy modeling a rather nice bottle of fizz

A supposedly sedate tasting

I scored a bunch of 2009 Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Riesling Kabinetts and I thought it would be interesting to compare and contrast them. Peter was in Town so he came along as did first-time visitor to casa Strange Guy Dennis. He said he likes this site, which clearly marks him out as a chap of style and […]


A very Chianti-ish Chianti

We don’t drink that much Chianti, but this one seemed well-priced for a well-thought of producer of Chianti Rufina. Another pleasing wine from our ‘affordable drinking’ selection. Chianti Rufina Riserva ‘Vigento Bucerchiale’ 2006, Fattoria Selvapiana An intense nose of bitter cherry fruit. The alcohol level is perhaps a tad high, but its sweetness adds to […]

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