Châteauneuf-du-Pape: critical mass

A quick intro to the wines of Châteauneuf... Exploring the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape can feel unnerving. They feel ancient and strangely sentient. It is a unique and bizarre terrain; round bone-coloured stones that vary in size from a fist to a head piled on terracotta earth. You can’t help but think of the poor monks that first toiled over this disobedient ground in the scorching heat,…

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Contemporary drinking

Here's a link to a piece I wrote for The Wine Society's newsletter on changing attitudes to drinking wine in the UK. http://www.thewinesociety.com/society-news-regular-features-thoughts-contemporary-drinking

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The First Rule of Wine Club

Over the past twenty years book clubs have become part of the social fabric of the UK. A recent article in The Telegraph suggests there are now 50,000 in the UK alone. If you’re not in a book club, you’ll certainly know someone who is. But there is a big problem with book clubs that’s hard to avoid. The problem is the pesky books. Or rather, other people’s lame choices of book that you have to…

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Meursault: the fat of the land

A quick intro to the wines of Meursault... Meursault has a curious effect on me. I only need to hear the word and I start to feel hungry. It is as rounded and ample as the wines it refers to. It is somehow fitting that you simply can’t say it quickly. Meursault is one of the best known and most popular of all white Burgundies. It’s a big appellation, and doesn’t concern itself with doing…

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