Errazuriz Carmenere 2009It's the weekend so up the ante this evening.  We've got guests staying so I'm opening tonight with a bottle of Taittinger Prelude NV Grand Cru… I'll post the consensus tasting note later!  

Whilst waiting for the mob to return from central London I have opened the Single Vineyard Carmenère 2009.  The nose has attractive aromas of blackcurrant.  I've decanted it into a jug and poured myself a little sipster (or two) to get a gauge for it.  It needs a bit more time to breathe but I have to say the taste is lovely ripe black fruits with a good tannin structure.  I'd love to taste this in a few years when the age would allow for a greater development and integration of flavours.  Yum.. a really nice buy.  It costs £15 from Wimbledon Wine Cellars which is more than I'd spend on a week night but still is not as much as I'd pay in a bar or restaurant so.. what the heck?!

Tip for the night:  Push the boat out on weekends and toast the Titanic (I mean "economy")!

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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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