Archive | December, 2014


Champagne Discovery

At the risk of sounding like a press release, an exciting new course on (and, even more temptingly, in) Champagne has just launched.  Organised by the Avize Viti-Campus and harnessing the resources of the Université de Reims, the course lasts five days and reveals Champagne in unexpected levels of detail and candidness.  What’s more, because the presenters are […]

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Moulin Touchais

You may never have heard of Moulin Touchais before now but you might wish you had. The Touchais are a negociant family in the Loire Valley, in Anjou specifically, selling pretty good local wines. Their Moulin Touchais, a Coteaux du Layon, is their iconic wine, their Holy Grail, their stellar wine and all those other […]


Ten Tips for Christmas Drinking

I know not everyone is like me – wine-obsessed and list-reliant – but you might find this little compendium valuable. Forget, for a moment, thoughts about how to be creative with tinsel or turkey, and put your mind instead to the really important part of Christmas; your Christmas drinking. If you’re leaving sherry out for Santa, […]

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Wine-related Christmas Gifts

Wine gifts for Christmas are a safe bet whether the recipient is a wine fanatic or merely a regular consumer because, for reasons which are beyond me, wine is seen as a bit of a luxury and not an everyday necessity so people don’t often buy wine accessories for themselves. Please note that I don’t […]