Gérard Basset MW, MS, OBE – tributes pour in

  Gérard judging at the Decanter World Wine Awards Terribly sad news that Gérard Basset MW, MS (born 1957) died last week. He had been fighting oesophagus cancer since the autumn of 2017. A year later it was revealed that Gérard was terminally ill. Despite his numerous achievements both as a sommelier, writer and business …

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The essence of wine?

Lunch in the cool of the Boulevard Napoléon winery  Chef John and Trevor Gulliver braving both the heat of the Minervois and the barbecue to bring guests delicious quail   Joseph Paillé checking out the 2014 Grenache Gris, Boulevard Napoléon Wine is, of course, many things – an agricultural way of life and a product …

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Parkinson’s Fundraising Ride: Pauillac to La Livinière – 1er Etape: Pauillac to Langon

Parkinson's team: Carole supported by Lynda and Derek on either side Lafite in background Jim and Carole – the pedallers before the start Derek and Lynda: support team   Well we are now on our way. After a short photo opportunity on the D2 road in front of Château Lafite we set off just before 8.45am. …

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Parkinson’s Pedallers – Pauillac to La Livinière: 12th – 16th June 2017

  Fergus Henderson (middle) with Jim, Carole Macintyre and Max Poynter Hall Fergus has had Parkinson's since 1998 A fishy perspective  Lafite – le départ... ... jusqu'a Cru La Livinière, Minervois  From one famous cru to another: Pauillac to La Livinière Our challenge is to cycle from Pauillac, close to the Atlantic coast, to La Livinière …

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Shorts – NZ tasting + St John

Yesterday was the annual New Zealand London tasting. I spent a little over an hour there as I find large generic tastings increasingly uncongenial – must be a sign of reaching middle age, I suppose ....... Anyway I did spend enough time at the tasting to discover the wines of Clos Marguerite, a small producer …

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