Category Archives: General

GG Takes a Break

Things have been a bit demanding chez GG these last 3 months and a break is necessary despite the fact that postings are not up to date. We are off for a week inItaly, after which, suitably recharged, I shall … Continue reading

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Olives – Warm

A tip from son-in-law Nick. Olives are a reminder of Mediterranean sun, but it’s difficult to conjour up the mood in an English winter. Even the best olives are cold and can be hard and just don’t taste as good … Continue reading

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Another Update – Taste Preferences

I have added a page to the About tab called Your Own Taste Preferences. It’s there to help you work out what my judgments about a wine should mean to you. If you share my preferences and I am any … Continue reading

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Site Updates

I have  added pages to the About and Hard Facts tabs. I have also set up and part-populated a new tab Grapes & Wine Styles. More to come.  

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Carmenère Tamed

It occurred to me as I sat looking at two half-bottles of fiercely concentrated Carmenère that there was a time when the French were famous for adding water to their wine – at the dinner table not in the bottling. … Continue reading

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Wines Made for Tasters

Musing on some of my recent experiences, I begin to wonder if wine-makers are now aiming their wines at wine reviewers rather than customers. I largely exclude the French from this charge, their arrogance would not permit such pandering, but … Continue reading

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A Dining Experience – La Bécasse

A celebration in our family tends to involve a special meal which, this time, took the form of an outing to La Bécasse, a Michelin starred restaurant in Ludlow, Shropshire whose chef is Will Holland. This is very serious cooking, … Continue reading

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Corked!

Last night’s corked wine prompts a few remarks on the phenomenon and on corks and closures in general. First, I come across corked bottles at the rate of five or six a year. Not bad given the few hundred bottles … Continue reading

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Grapeguru in the Cellar

Only in the last nine years have I had a real cellar – underground, dark, a bit damp and with a fairly stable cool temperature. Once we moved in, I started buying wine en primeur and laying it down for … Continue reading

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The Wine Society Explores Matching

The Wine Society is improving its website and seems to have added a section on wine and food matching. It is pitched at a general level, but that’s sensible if you aim to have just a few pages that you … Continue reading

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