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An independent blog based on 40 years of love of wine, stories, travels and tasting.  Nothing professional, nothing expert, just pleasure and, I hope, good taste.  Read on, and enjoy.  Subscription is free.

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Truffles, Barolo and Mountain Nebbiolo

Novello Every time we drive back from Italy, we snake up the motorway through the narrow Val d’Aosta to the Mont Blanc tunnel, and admire...

La France Va Mal - The Cult Phenomenum

‘La France va mal’. Having lived here for 30 years it’s a perennial cry. France is sick! Looking across the Channel at the ongoing...

The Queen of Wine has lost her Crown?

The age-old rivalry. No, not the French and the English, but the Bordelais and the Bourguignon. Bordeaux versus Burgundy, the gently...

Jurancon - Questioning in the Pyrenees

I last visited the royal town of Pau and the next-door wine town of Jurancon twenty-five years ago, and a lot has changed since. First of...

A Ride on the Burgundy Rollercoaster

Occasionally a kind and vinously very well-connected friend invites me to a tasting with one of the grands. I don’t usually post...

Soil Mates

Soil in Les Clos, Grand Cru, Chablis I have written before of the link between a village on the south coast of Dorset in England called...

Bordeaux 2000 - At Last of Age

Who remembers Y2K? It was I guess the beginnings of the tech obsession, but back then in 1999 everyone was apparently terrified that...

Salta - Wines on Top of the World

My affection for Argentina dates back to the late 90s. The people, the culture, the grandiose scenery, the fishing (of course) in...

In Praise of Time, Patience & Age

Paris on Sunday. It was an extraordinary match, an extraordinary atmosphere and an extraordinary achievement. The pavements were packed...

Reflections on a Day in Burgundy

Living in France is wonderful if you want to pop down the autoroute to Burgundy or the Loire, to eat and of course to drink, but there...

Scarlet Gold

This is not really focussed on wine, so please forgive me, or just skip to the end where I will get back on track I promise. But...

The Perfect Chateauneuf du Pape

I don’t usually like to post about a single bottle as it invariable means some ego-boosting label that nobody else can afford, so what’s...

The Most Southern Vineyard in the World

Patagonia Extrema. I recently wrote about the new wave of wineries springing up in the province of Chubut in Argentine Patagonia, but...

Mellow Fruitfulness

It’s been a while since I posted anything, and the endless summer has finally ended. Gone the baking dry sunshine, the ever-ripening...

The Best Value in Brunello di Montalcino?

As one slides, (gently and willingly I trust), into retirement, I’ve noticed that one’s wine buying priorities can change. For starters,...

Spring in all its Glory

Season of fancy and of hope, Permit not for one hour, A blossom from thy crown to drop, Nor add to it a flower! Keep, lovely May, as if...

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