Category Archive: wine

Scholium Project

Back in April, we went to a very special tasting at the Sampler in Islington. We’d long been fans of the Scholium Project, wines produced by Abe Schoener, an ex philosophy professor turned… Continue reading


What is the first thing we did when we arrived in beautiful Paris at midday on a sunny Saturday? Nap. Specifically, a long, indulgent nap in the sumptuous bosom of the hotel bed.… Continue reading


Silex, in Latin refers to any hard rock, commonly flint. It is also the name of one of my favourite white wines. Didier Dagueneau was frequently quoted as determined to produce the ‘best… Continue reading

Three Favourite Reds Under £30

Thanks to MD, I’m used to some rather tasty, but very pricey wines. I do subscribe to the idea that wines don’t have to be expensive to be exceptional, but those wines take… Continue reading


In late September we took a Renfe express train from Barcelona up into the hills and slopes of Tarragona. Several hundred years before the Romans arrived, the Phoenicians introduced the grape to this… Continue reading


Garrus, is like no rosé  that I have ever tasted. Its light colour hints at the bone dry luscious texture with a mellow oaky fruitiness. MD suggested that I see if the hotel in… Continue reading

Hotel de Tourrel ~ St Remy

Twenty kilometres south of Avignon, set against a picturesque backdrop of tall verdant trees and luscious lavender fields, lies the sun-drenched village of St Remy. The light and colour of the enchanting setting… Continue reading

Sin Qua Non

I had my first taste of this cult Californian wine when MD brought a bottle to dinner at Tom Aikens in September 2013. We had a 2006 bottle of ‘Raven’, 90% grenache and… Continue reading