Ceravolo Sangiovese, 2004

We have a new wine shop in our midst, which is always a good thing in my books. Although it doesn’t look much like a wine shop, I actu­ally walked past it sev­eral times before I found it by delib­er­ately seek­ing it out. Before you all draw in your breaths and start phon­ing the Times ...

Cerasuolo Di Vittoria Classico, 2005

I don’t mind telling you I orig­i­nally bought this because of the bot­tle. You shouldn’t be sur­prised com­ing from the guy who (many years ago) bought a 6 bot­tle case of Sas­sacaia because he just had to have the box — it was after all a thing of beauty. Not a good buy­ing cri­te­ria I admit, espe­cially in ...

Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir, 2005

  Unlike the excel­lent Glad­i­a­tor Pinot Noir (see PWB wine No. 4 — since none of you tried it!), this is what clas­sic Pinot Noir really tastes — and looks like. For a start you can see through it (which is a good thing) — a tell tale sign of a clas­sic Pinot noir, light red in ...

St-Nicolas de Bourgueil ‘Les Malgagnes’ Yannik Amirault, 2005

St-Nicolas de Bourgueil ‘Les Malgagnes’ Yannik Amirault, 2005
Do I think I know ANYTHING about wine? pah! I blew it. Oeno­log­i­caly speak­ing I’ve blown it a few times, but this time I really earned myself the deri­sion of all hard­work­ing winemakers. My chef was mak­ing my favourite red wine sauce, a Rick Stein recipe you really must try, which requires sim­mer­ing almost a whole bot­tle of ...

Framingham Marlborough Montepulciano, 2004

Some­times your eyes roll upwards in their sock­ets, you nod your head appreciatively, then shake it in nigh dis­be­lief, you say ‘godaaamn!’ out loud remind­ing your­self of Uma Thur­man in Pulp Fic­tion, but you aren’t that cool, you just look like a weird per­son, a weird per­son in pain. IF you’re really lucky it hap­pens drink­ing a ...
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