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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. […]


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Feel-better headache-juice

These antipsychotics do not kick in instantly (bums) and blow me if I’ve gone caught some trivial but irksome physical illness as well. I need hearty food and hearty booze to sustain me. Turns out my online supermarket had a deal on Fonseca Guimaraens – hooray! Beef is being braised and I am being boozed […]


Taylors 1975 vintage Port - good but on it's way out

The fire and the delicacy

We haven’t been drinking vast quantities over the festive period, so what better way to get really newscasted on New Year’s Day than a bottle of Port? Taylor’s 1975 may have seen better days, but provided pleasure. Drinking this on 1st January 2012 allowed us to toast the good health of all 36 (and a […]


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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 […]


Couture has a bargain! I’m dumb-struck

The local ‘priced like Harrods’ shop in our development had this at a very reasonable price. I think a bottle of port is a hilarious thing to be drinking of an afternoon. Vintage Port 1997, Dow’s An explosive nose of powerful fruit which has a hint of softness from age. It is a rich, heady, […]


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Old and knackered? Less so than me

I love Madeira; all of those weird, rancid and off flavours that combine to make a lovely, complete booze experience are a joy. This is a particularly tits bottle. Madeira Boal Reserva 1968, d’Oliveiras Quite dark orange, with the weird green rim you only seem to find on Madeira. The nose bursts with brazil and […]


Some good and some awful wines with dinner

We had a dinner party last night which was not entirely successful. Our guests brought some lovely wines, but most of the stuff I opened was either awful or downright weird. Riesling Serriger Schloss Saarsteiner Kabinett 2005, Schloss Saarstein Still a bit yeasty on the nose. It had some good fruit and acidity, but not […]


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Two of the most hilarious things I will ever own

Two magnums of Port! Hooray! Good Port, too. 2003 was a great vintage for Port and who could possibly sniff at Taylor’s and Fonseca? Now all I have to do is hope I last long enough for them to be ready. I’ll need some help to finish magnums of Port so I hope all of […]


My birthday present from our guests

Lovely people and good friends, the neighbours. We seem to have been following each other across London for quite a while, now. I greatly appreciate the gifts. Fonseca Guimararens 1988 A pure, refined nose of pure blueberry fruit. It smells very elegant for Port. No shortage of concentration, though. There is elegance and refinement on […]


Honestly, it is not ruined

I have said before that Barbeito colheitas are the cutting edge of Madeira cool and this one demonstrates that admirably. This is made by the traditional ‘canteiro’ process (it is matured in a warm warehouse rather than being heated artificially) and is not coloured with caramel. The back label tells us this cask was at […]

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