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Its taken the French nearly forty years to get their own back on leading English wine professional, Steven Spurrier, nevertheless Eric Fabre  one of Frances top winemakers and ex Technical Director at Château Lafite Rothschild  has finally done it.

Monday, 10 June 2013 11:45

Wine Writers Follow Marx

The headlines are manifold; gentile English wine writers are in revolt. The target of their ire is the German government and a proposal to build an airport, a highway and a bridge, in the vicinity of the Mosel valley. The Mosel produces top of the range German Riesling wine, once considered the classiest of fermentations.

Sunday, 09 June 2013 12:17

Wine Gallery

The Wines are all sold at retail shop prices, not the usual restaurant prices. They start at £16 for Macon Villages and £16 Cotes du Rhone.

Monday, 03 June 2013 21:35

Friuli-Venezia Giulia, The Top Estates

Something old, something new,  something red, white and sparkling

Monday, 03 June 2013 20:43

Profile: Friuli

Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia, North East Italy. Classification:  DOC (1970)

The Story, The Estates, their wines and where to find them in London

Area Description:  Friuli-Venezia Giulia is a wine region at the far north-eastern corner of Italy. Set in a landscape defined by coastal flat lands, mountains and plateaux, it is bordered by Austria to the north and Slovenia to the east. To the south lies the Gulf of Trieste, while the massed ranks of Veneto vines spread for miles to the west.


Packy Dwyer searches for some bottles, and stumbles on a case of sexual harrasssment at Sitt.  

Searching for information on the  SITT 2012 jamboree at The Honourable Artillery Company building in Moorgate, I stumble upon a posting, relating to the 2010 event, from Neal Martin, a big knob, in the world of fine Wine-writing.

According to his bio, he has four hundred postings and lashings of tastings notes splattered around, “the fabulous e-parker web site”, home to the universe’s  no1 wine gerroo, Robert Parker.

Could be good, I thought.


Dedicated to those terrible, politically incorrect rouges and scoundrals whose excessive drinking  shocked those around them, but often royaly entertained those who viewed from a distance.

Feingold and Moriarity are two old stalwarts of the professional wine tasting circuit. They retired from the trade fourteen years ago, yet still do the rounds of  free to the trade tastings.

With total dedication they spend their twilight years, leisurely poking their large bulbous red noses into many a free glass, then sipping and apparently spitting. Finally,  exhausted as a newt, having sampled the lot, they merrily weave their way home to recover and prepare themselves for the next time.

 Recently our electronic “fruit fly on the wall”, always on the look out for tasty, tittle tattle tibbits, eavesdropped and recorded their conversations.

Here's the first one.


Don Ryan visits a Wine Fair at Borough Market where he discovers “Real Wine” has arrived and concludes that Press warnings notwithstanding there is absolutely nothing to be scared of.

Sunday, 26 May 2013 12:13

Bits and Pieces...Alcohol Abuse

Various pieces of background info relating to the main alcohol abuse articles.