Archive for January, 2013

Jargon Buster #3 – Finish

Posted on: January 24th, 2013 by Andrew No Comments

It’s a truism that the wine trade tends to speak another language when discussing the flavours and attributes of wines and this gets up the noses of the sort of people that think it should all be plain English. You know – wine smells of grapes etc. Whilst I have some sympathy with this argument, we don’t after all want to alienate our customer base with hi-falutin jargon that no one else understands, but have you listened in to any conversation between two professionals in any discipline recently? Nearly every time they will be using words and phrases that mean nothing to the layman. Or you can watch the classic Two Ronnies Ironmongery sketch to get a feel for trade-based obscurantism at its best. (more…)

Bin Ends 2013 – Now on our website.

Posted on: January 20th, 2013 by Andrew No Comments

Our Bin End list is now (mostly ) up on the website with some great bargains available.  This year, though,  quantities are very limited as we have been keeping our stock lower, and Christmas was busier than expected, so get in quick.  Just click the special offers button to see what we have, or give us a call on 01963 440404 and we will go through it with you. Happy Drinking!

Charles Sydney’s definitive Loire Vintage report – Le Grand Petit Vintage

Posted on: January 11th, 2013 by Andrew No Comments

Final assessment of  the 2012 Loire Vintage from Chinon based Courtier, Charles Sydney. Always informative so posted here in full. (more…)

Wine of the Month – Terras Gauda O Rosal 2010 Galicia Spain

Posted on: January 8th, 2013 by Andrew No Comments

Reading other peoples blog posts always makes me feel very inadequate, in the scribing department at least, as the quality of prose, the subjects discussed and the number of comments are always way beyond anything I feel I can achieve. Perhaps its a lack of practice – I’ve only been doing this for 5 years after all – maybe after another 5 Ill be the wine world’s answer to Mr Pepys. I somehow doubt it. Of course the obvious solution to my personal crisis problem is to give up reading other blogs altogether and gradually, memories of their superiority will fade. But if I did that I would miss such delights as The Skint Foodie that I stumbled on today. With his effortless prose command, great pics and obvious expertise in the kitchen I can only read and gape. And then there is the backstory! And the recipes! I have none of his advantages (or disadvantages come to that). If only I could make writing about wine half as interesting. (more…)


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