Dry December: The best EVER wine festival?


Fete de L’Escargot, (Dordogne), Fete de La Moule (Boulogne), Fete de L’Huitre (Arachon) are all annual festivals in France symbolic of their culture and gastronomy involving snails, mussels and oysters respectively. There are many others across the summer months "honouring" French cheese and ..... strangely ...... paella in the Languedoc. Then of course there are … Continue reading Dry December: The best EVER wine festival?

The first EVER wine competition


Dry December: The First Wine Competition  It’s just over a year now since I spent an evening in Manchester tasting 40 or so wines as a judge in the annual People’s Choice Wine Awards. It’s a different type of wine assessment in which wines from supermarkets are tasted and judged for their quality and suitability … Continue reading The first EVER wine competition

The Wines of Gala: #2 Joy


Still not drinking any wine but learning from Salvador Dalí, who was not only a great artist he was a connoisseur of wine. He categorised  the wines he drank into groupings associated with his emotions and his painting; here’s the second I’m featuring, "Wines of Joy!" The Wines of Joy are simply listed as: Beaujolais … Continue reading The Wines of Gala: #2 Joy

No Wine November: #Savennieres


Being diagnosed with cancer, any form ...... but in my case Prostate Cancer, definitely focuses the mind onto the most important things in life. Family is definitely top of my list and the relationship with my wife, my daughter and son in law, all three of whom have been "with me" every step of the … Continue reading No Wine November: #Savennieres

The Wines of Gala: #1 Purple


I may not be drinking any wine at present, but I can still read, learn, improve my knowledge. In this case I am absorbing something of Salvador Dalí, who was not only a great artist he was a connoisseur of wine. He categorised  the wines he drank into groupings associated with his emotions and his … Continue reading The Wines of Gala: #1 Purple