Category Archives: Wine Tasting

Printemps de Monthélie

The village of Monthélie sits on the Côte de Beaune between Auxey-Duresses to the west and Volnay, a bigger name with a much bigger reputation, to the east.  Down the hill and across the D973 is Meursault, a village acclaimed … Continue reading

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Portes Ouvertes – 10e Ronde du Couchois

Every year on the first weekend in August the cellar doors are open in and around Couches in Southern Burgundy.  This is a delightful organised event that has been repeated every year since 2001, the Bourgogne Côtes du Couchois appellation … Continue reading

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Champagne Road Trip

Last Saturday night found me sipping vintage champagne from the biggest bottle I have ever seen at a celebration dinner in the cellars of J Dumangin Fils on the Montagne de Reims.  A Nebuchadnezzar holds the equivalent of twenty normal … Continue reading

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A trip to town for a really secret event

Last Sunday found me travelling to London for #ARSE4, the fourth of Andrew’s Really Secret Events, Andrew being Andrew Barrow aka @wine_scribbler who writes wonderful stuff about food and drink at  Rather intriguingly, the venue and theme of the … Continue reading

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Two Spanish Reds

After an enjoyable mooch round the Shaftesbury ‘Feastival’ on Saturday afternoon, I was looking forward to trying a piece of beef fillet I’d purchased from Higher Stavordale Farm (www.kimbersfarmshop), winners of the 2011 ‘Best Meat Producer in Somerset’ award at … Continue reading

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