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  • À la Recherche du Temps Grand Cru

    Posted by Botrytis in Wines August 19, 2015

    My first experience of fine wine was a Bordeaux. I can’t have been much more than 10 years old, and my family were visiting French friends in Brittany. My enduring memories of that holiday are all taste related. Fresh crab and lobster caught from our friend’s boat was the beginning of my long standing loathing…

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  • Everything Old Is New Again - The Vermouth Renaissance

    Posted by Balthazar in Wines August 12, 2015

    For a few of us vermouth was something you saw in your grandmother’s liquor cabinet amongst all those other long-forgotten drinks that she used to partake of when the clock struck a certain hour. Others will be more familiar with vermouth as an important ingredient in some classic cocktails such as the Martini, the Negroni…

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  • The Spirit of Father's Day

    Posted by Bacchus in Wines June 18, 2015

    This Sunday it’s Father’s Day, a celebration that has taken on more significance in recent years, partly because businesses have identified it as a key time to make some extra money and it is now advertised everywhere. Cynicism aside though, there is no reason why we shouldn’t remember what our Dads have done for us…

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  • Beer Glorious Beer

    Posted by Bacchus in Wines May 28, 2015

    I enjoy drinking beer almost as much as a good bottle of wine. After a good long wine tasting session I enjoy nothing more than refreshing the palate with a cool, crisp beer. Not that it can’t offer sophistication and complexity. These days beer is serious business; the rise of craft beer reflects a growing…

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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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