So I’ve been spending a lot of time since December in Winnipeg. Rather too much in one sense. It is exhausting. When I get home I fall into bed around 830 and sleep like a log for 12 hours. On the other hand, at times it is exhilarating, entertaining, and downright fun. At other times… Continue reading My Father, Chianti and I
“How can I recork sparkling wine and champagne when I don’t finish the bottle?” Ah the eternal lament. Theoretically I should be using stoppers all the time given how much of the stuff I drink; factually it is seldom a problem as the bottles always seem to magically empty themselves. Here is a selection of… Continue reading Recorking Sparkling Wine
I was researching a column last week for the Spectator and I came across a bottle that made me go weak in the knees – Stonecroft Old Vine Gewurztraminer from Hawkes Bay. Now before you fire up your boozemobile for a midnight run to Manitoba you do need to know a couple of things. Firstly… Continue reading Three Cheers for MLCC
If you’re a fan of Portuguese wines (and who is not?) you are likely mostly in love with the Douro reds: big, plush, seductive wines that make California reds seem trivial. But the Portuguese have always made and enjoyed much lighter reds too. This makes great good sense as such wines are more drinkable in… Continue reading Let the Bells Ring Out and the Banners Fly!
I’ve had a couple of wines lately that I considered undrinkable. They were viscous, sugary, and in one case (Meiomi PN) collapsed with astonishing speed (less than four hours) into cherry cough syrup. I don’t get it. I know these wines are selling at a billion bottles a second. I have no problem with people… Continue reading “Elegant” wine