wine tasting notes Pouilly Fuisse 2007When the “I don’t drink Chardonnay” crowd come chirping along, it’s worth nodding acquiescingly in their direction but then simply ordering a bottle of Pouilly Fuisse and sploshing it into the glass bowls of our protagonists.

Wines made in this appellation are bright, refreshing and delicate… more than that, they are lip smackingly gorgeous… and gorge we might.  This offering from Louis Jardot is a perfect thirst quencher after a day of sweating it out in the office or perhaps just boulevardier-ing around town.  The light grapefruit and lemon citrus tingles on the sides of the mouth.  The delicate mineral characteristic comes from the alkaline clay and limestone in the subsoil.

This is a perfect wine to wash down any shell fish dishes...king prawns with garlic and fresh parsley... scallops with pancetta...

This wine is often at the affordable end of juicy Burgundies to die for but once one starts tasting these numbers there is only more adventure to embark upon.  Go forth… be strong – and tell the “don’t drinkers” they’re very much wrong!

£13.99 from Tesco's,  Sainsbury's, Telford wines,

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Last week a picture was posted on Twitter of vines in Shabo, a large estate that lies to the west of Odesa on southern Ukraine’s Black Sea coastline. The image seemed benign at face value but the reality, of course, is that the city of Odesa has been bracing itself for attack by Russian forces. 


As COVID-19 conspires with the grimmest of winds and rain to force a societal retreat behind our own front doors, the word ennui springs to mind. The muddle of displeasure is pierced when Natalia hands me a large bulbous glass of a liquid I do not recognise.



Britain’s lamentable exit

On the eve of Britain’s official departure from the EU, my partner and I decided to explore a small town on the Italian Riviera where thewintry cold doesn’t feel so much like cold war bite.

I had warned my significant other that I would be having an inverse departure party, a release of the sanity valve if you like!


Sitting inside the ancient castle walls inside the town of Soave, a short drive from Verona in northern Italy, the unique slightly almond aroma of the indigenous grape, Garganega, rises gently from my glass. The castle sprawls up the side of an extinct volcano that gives the region its variant soil structures that mark out the better quality of Soave wines.


Tanisha Townsend decided to move to Paris 4 years ago after regularly passing through the city en route to the world’s most famous vineyards. In fact, it was about 2 years ago at the Printemps de Champagne Bouzy Rouge tasting in Reims that I saw (who we shall now refer to as) GirlMeetsGlass chirpily speaking to her web followers on Snapchat.


The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, the final resting place of Saint James, rises out of the landscape, infested with antiquity. The rambling steep streets give way to shafts of dramatic light, emblazoned chapels, and tightly packed tapas bars, dusty, as old novels pressed together in antiquarian bookshops.


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