Still keeping calm and carrying on!

A little bit of sunshine does you good! So now the UK is in virtual lockdown. “Am I bovvered?” Not a bit. Did a bit of gardening this morning planting out the onions I’d pre sprouted, reorganised the larder shelves and had a long chat with my best friend in Kathmandu. Now, sitting in the … Continue reading Still keeping calm and carrying on!

The wine with the musk-like taste!

I wonder if anyone knows what is the wine that is actually named “the wine with a musk-like taste”? It’s French, and unusually, in fact uniquely, the wine is not named after the grape as in Alsace, or as per the appellation as in the rest of France. It’s a white wine, quite dry, and … Continue reading The wine with the musk-like taste!

Wine Wednesday: The Prawn and the Picpoul!

Picpoul de Pinet is one of the lesser known, but rising stars of the white wine world. Grown in the Languedoc region of France it is a fantastic accompaniment for any seafood or as a chilled aperitif on a warm summers day. Still bargain value at under a £tenner a bottle!

A Glass of Wine in memory of National Pencil Day

A glass of wine in memory of Hymen Lipman, who on this day in 1858 patented a pencil with an attached eraser. Where would we all be today without such a device? How many of us in the past have turned round from our wooden desks at school and said “anyone got a rubber”! (No … Continue reading A Glass of Wine in memory of National Pencil Day

Wine on a school night! 

Quality all round with wine from The Wine Society in Cheltenham Pump Rooms with my daughter and son in law. Certainly though my own ability to taste and assess wines after the first dozen or so declined rapidly so how professional tasters do it I have no idea!


The Year of Sharon

So tonight we went to the Wine Society tasting evening hosted at the beautiful Pittville Pump Rooms in Cheltenham. A Christmas present from dad and certainly too good an opportunity to pass when there’s a wine tasting evening on our own door step. So the three of us took on the tasting leaving mum to try and understand why Batman was fighting Superman!

The tasting made for a good evening and even though it is a school night we each tasted 20 different wines… in moderation of course! I’m pretty sure dad recirculated for seconds on a few top quality wines, whilst Michael made the most of any glasses I couldn’t finish. Thank goodness for the cheese and biscuits table and for Michael creating his “cracker pocket” so we had snacks readily available as we wandered between tasting tables. We were generally won over by an amazing Prosecco (truly better…

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