“I Drink Therefore I Am”


What's the connection between Francis Bacon, Roger Scruton, Dr B’s PhD, and a glass of Cabernet Franc in a wine bar called Cave Voltaire in Chinon, the home town of Rabelais? This is going to be one hell of a post if I can convince you of the connection. Sitting here today in the Cave … Continue reading “I Drink Therefore I Am”

A Brexiteer Bastille Day


Wandering around Chinon yesterday, July 14th, a day when French people celebrate their freedom from oppression, I captured this photo of Geoff, a bar owner in the town centre reading The Brexiteer newspaper. I asked him what he most liked about it and he said "it's free for democrats..... so that means non-democrats must pay!" … Continue reading A Brexiteer Bastille Day

The Two Doctors Wine Awards 2018: #3 Loire


The most varied of the wine regions we have visited this year, and certainly the biggest ...... a long snaking area from the Atlantic Ocean on the west coast of France almost to Bourgogne and ending around Sancerre. This is the Loire Valley, home to Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Melon de Bourgogne … Continue reading The Two Doctors Wine Awards 2018: #3 Loire

Wines 101 #4 Wife snaps while I drink wine!


Wine tasting my way through a Wines 101 Bucket List has become an exercise in logistics, decision making, communication and relationship building! I naively thought that the reclusive nature of old world winemakers in France had disappeared, but it hasn’t, far from it as I discovered in Chablis, Sancerre, and now in Chinon. I have … Continue reading Wines 101 #4 Wife snaps while I drink wine!

Wines, vines and lines from Rabelais!


Stand on the exact spot in Chinon and you are within 10 metres in three different directions of touching Chateau Chinon, Clos de L'Echo, Domaine Charles Joguet at Caves de Silènes and the French writer Rabelais. What's the connection? Well, Clos de L'Echo used to be owned by the Rabelais family, Domaine Charles Joguet uses … Continue reading Wines, vines and lines from Rabelais!