How I Got Into Wine (Part 1)

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Anonymous (by request) Coming from a French family it was normal to have wines with meals. When I was old enough to grasp a bottle,...

My Love Life and Other Failures

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I Disappoint My First Woman… By all accounts I was born on the hottest day that year. It was a leap year. It had started...

Tasting Victory

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Humble Beginnings “Despite their mutual loathing my parents produced three children. There were times they argued so badly they would both end up with bloody...

Edinburgh – Its Easy

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I feel I ought to write something about Edinburgh; after all, with easyJet’s direct flights starting in March I suspect Scotland’s capital may well...

Rekindling the Romance

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They fell in love at first sight. He loved her because she was young, beautiful with a marked irreverent streak, which in full flow...

Michelangelo and a Glass of Chianti

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According to the BBC online life calculator, I’ll probably live until I am 83. If I was a woman, 85. If I had been...

A Christmas Dinner

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It was not long before I heard the large front door slamming shut, the sound of the heavy, cast-iron knocker echoing around the vast...

How To Taste Wine Like A Pro

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Its 8:30 on a very cold morning. I am not looking forward to tasting thirty or forty heavy red wines all before lunch. More...

Not Your Grandmother’s Sherry

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October can be a wonderful time to explore Andalucía. The crowds have disappeared, hotel prices are reasonable once more, and bars and restaurants eager...

Sancerre’s Sauvignons

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If I had been asked what regions like Ribera del Duero, Champagne and Sancerre have in common, I suspect I would have answered that...