Wine Tips: Sancerre or Menetou-Salon anyone?


If you're a lover of Sauvignon Blanc you will probably already have your favourites, New Zealand or Chile branded or labelled by the grape ….. or maybe Sancerre from France which immediately tells you something about the terroir and culture behind the wine. The problem is that Sauvignon lovers are often hit in the pocket … Continue reading Wine Tips: Sancerre or Menetou-Salon anyone?

Aesthetics ….. It’s not about the wine!


Any visit to a vineyard or winery should focus on a LOT more than sniffing, slurping and buying a few bottles! I'm well known for my oft repeated phrase “it's not about the wine”, a phrase I borrowed and changed from the disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong …. “It's not about the bike”. In his autobiography … Continue reading Aesthetics ….. It’s not about the wine!

How a bawdy philosopher made a monkey of “authority”!


“Monk, doctor, writer, botanist, and translator, Rabelais was one of the most enlightened minds of the Renaissance. Behind the comic, laughter-inducing exterior of his work lie some very important issues; war, education, religion, marriage, and the question of the Other. He was a humanist, his writing full of the new ideas both he and Erasmus … Continue reading How a bawdy philosopher made a monkey of “authority”!

“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”

How to develop a genealogy strategy


I seem to have turned the clock back 50 years as I begin a course at the University of Strathclyde again, though this time it’s an online genealogy course instead of a full time PhD in chemistry! I’ve always believed in learning from experts balanced with learning from personal experience and my new interest in … Continue reading How to develop a genealogy strategy