I’m just back from the United States where the local wine is ridiculously expensive, apart from the ridiculously cheap, and you wouldn’t want to drink an awful lot of that, since Diet Coke may be more subtle.
This month we feature luxurious wines from France — some well-known, others which deserve to become much better known.
Simon Hoggart's latest selection
This is our last mini-bar before we start to get ready for Christmas.
For some reason I like to have a theme for our mini-bar offers, concentrating on a particular country, region or grower.
The name of Robert Parker, the oenological sage of Maryland, is not often invoked by British merchants, who tend to sniff that he is too keen on overflavoured wines that lack subtlety and finesse.
I’ve just been sent an order form for the 2006 Château Pétrus, now being held in bond. It works out at £917 a bottle (or, say, £15 a sip.)
The weather may be bizarre at the moment, but when the sun comes it seems particularly warm, which is when you will crave these excellent wines.
Fashions in wine change, like everything else, so it was inevitable that when New World wines swept all before them, Europe would learn to follow the trend.
Now, pay attention. We have a lot of wines to get through and not much time, so if you don’t mind, I’ll crack on.
Stone, Vine and Sun, a modestly sized operation near Winchester, keeps winning awards as the best independent wine merchant, and I’m not surprised.
Summer is almost upon us. Ah, the cancerous barbecue smoke drifting from next door’s garden, the stinking, sweaty trains and buses, the yobs with stomachs spilling over their shorts, the never-ending football season.
Prestige Agencies is part of the admirable Playford Ros company in North Yorkshire.
There are many ways of buying cheap wine, though fewer means of buying good cheap wine. Supermarkets often have bargains.
This week’s mini-bar is from a new company, titled in the modern fashion, FromVineyardsDirect.com
I’m pleased to say it has become an annual tradition: our February offer of the new vintage of Chateau Musar with Lay & Wheeler.
The festive season is long over, so it’s time to stock up on less expensive but delicious wines
This is our last Christmas offer for 2006, and contains a great many wines
We have two Christmas offers this month, both from top-ranking wine merchants.
This is the first of our Christmas offers — a little early
Stone, Vine & Sun of Winchester is one of my very favourite wine merchants.
I’m just back from my annual trip to Adnams of Southwold. It’s one of those events that makes the end of summer rather more tolerable
Private Cellar is a very classy company
How should wines be sealed? This issue continues to fret the trade.
The French are finally coming to terms with generic wines