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Lazenne Wine Suitcases

I grew up in French. It’s my mother tongue, my first words were in French (“non” and “cheval” if you’re interested), and for about ten years I lived at least 70% of my life in French.

But I’ve never been to France. This is particularly ridiculous because I live in London, and I’ve been on the Eurostar several times, so I’ve been through France on my way to other countries on at least six occasions, but somehow I’ve never stopped off there.  Continue reading “Lazenne Wine Suitcases”

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Pio Cesare Ornato Barolo 2001

I’m generally a Bordeaux girl (left bank, specifically), but I went to Tuscany recently and discovered some rather exciting wines there, courtesy of Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina.

I also had a very nice Barolo from Huntsworth Wine a while ago, which added to my enthusiasm for Italy. So when I discovered that Jeroboams in Holland Park was having a sale on all their Italian wines, I decided it was a sign from the universe and I went along to buy a Pio Cesare.  Continue reading “Pio Cesare Ornato Barolo 2001”

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Visiting Florence? Go To The Wine Club

I was in Florence for work recently, and boy did I fall in love with the city. Beautiful architecture! Ornate antiques everywhere! Excellent food! A café that specialised in truffles! Fine wines! Scenic views! A quiet river just outside the city where I could sit and chill out undisturbed!

It is my new favourite city, and there are many reasons to pay it a visit. One of them is the wine club, properly named Enoteca Pitti Gola e CantinaContinue reading “Visiting Florence? Go To The Wine Club”

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Spooky Supermarket Wines

I usually buy my wine from wine shops or online, but I was in the supermarket a while ago and they seemed to be having some sort of goth wine theme, so of course I had to try them.

One was Apothic’s Dark blend, which I’ve wanted to try for ages but which hadn’t been easily available in the UK until now. The others were wines I hadn’t heard of before.  Continue reading “Spooky Supermarket Wines”

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Flying Solo Grenache Blanc 2015

I’m not normally a white wine person, but I was in a hotel the other day and the minibar was calling to me, and I wasn’t feeling particularly enticed by their red option. So I popped open (well, unscrewed) the white from the mini-fridge and took it into the bath with me. And thus began a very happy evening which ended with me dining on pigeon wellington in their rather swish restaurant.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.  Continue reading “Flying Solo Grenache Blanc 2015”

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Papegaai Swartland Cinsault 2016

A friend brought this back from Australia with him, which made me think it was an Australian wine, but it’s actually South African. It’s made by Adi Badenhorst, who has a reputation as a Rhône lover which shows up in this blend.   Continue reading “Papegaai Swartland Cinsault 2016”