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  • A Toast to History

    Posted by Bacchus in Wines April 16, 2015

    One of my favourite pastimes (forgive the pun) is trying older wines and, when budget will allow (rare indeed!), something particularly old. I have been fortunate to try some truly magnificent wines on occasion, often by sharing the cost with other friends and family so that we can all experience something special. You certainly don’t…

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  • Alsace: Not sweet. Not German. Not Selling.

    Posted by Botrytis in Wines March 30, 2015

    One of the first pieces of wine advice I ever learnt must have been over 20 years ago, and little more than a child, was 'If you are a bit stuck on a restaurant wine list, go for a wine from Alsace. They are always reliable.'
    Despite the fact that the wine world has changed dramatically…

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  • Rediscovering An Old Favourite

    Posted by Balthazar in Wines February 24, 2015

    February heralds the start of the 2015  wine trade tastings,where you get the chance to not only discover new and exciting wines from familiar and not familiar wineries and regions, but also a chance to taste some of your old favourites. At a recent tasting it was great to revisit some of my favourite wines…

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  • New Age Sherry

    Posted by Bacchus in Wines February 8, 2015

    I recall attending a particular pre-dinner drink many years ago at some over-starched event, and yet it wasn’t the people, the conversation, or even the reason for the dinner that stuck in the mind but the drink that was served, and for all of the wrong reasons. A brown, alcoholic confusion served tepid in a…

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  • In the Bleak Midwinter - Ho-Ho-Ho

    Posted by Botrytis in Wines January 22, 2015

    Ah January! After the feast, comes the famine. My till, which glowed white hot with sales in December now is quiet, awakened from its dormancy only by the occasional hardy customer willing to brave the cold and gloom. The first couple of weeks are the worst, when many of my regulars are still trying to…

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