Benjamin Darnault Pique Nique Rose 2013

It’s been sunny in England.  Not just sunny for England, but properly sunny, with temperatures up in to the 80′s.  This has had predictable consequences.  People who should know better have been outside in ill-fitting PE kit without applying sunscreen.  There’s acres of pink and sore flesh out there. Strangely, this sort of vision puts […]

Masi Campofiorin 2010

As was entirely predictable, I declared spring to have sprung, and the following day it was cold and frosty.  This would sadden a lesser person, but for me it was an opportunity to snuggle under a blanket with a lovely warming wine.  I haven’t yet sunk to the level of wearing a slanket. This Masi Campofiorin […]

Devevey Rully Blanc 2010

It’s warming up a bit.  It’s starting to feel decidedly spring-like.  The sun is shining in between the rain showers and there’s blossom on the trees.  It’s time to try some wines for spring evenings. This bottle of Rully from Jean-Yves Devevey came from Berry Bros & Rudd.  The wine is a bright, clear, pale […]

Famille Perrin Cotes du Ventoux Rouge 2012

When I hear “Ventoux” my first thought is always the Tour de France stage, rather than the appellation.  Unlike most wines, I get to see the slopes where this wine is grown on TV every year, and it goes past much slower than most Tour de France countryside.  The Mont Ventoux stage is brutal, and […]

Albacore Shiraz 2009

Naming a wine after a tuna fish is a little strange.  I like tuna as much as the next person, probably quite a bit more than the next person, but still I don’t think I’d name my wine after it.  Now I come to think of it, I haven’t given anywhere near enough thought to […]