Monthly Archives: April 2013

The mystery of Cava and Prosecco

var __lc = {}; __lc.license = 2601231; (function() { var lc = document.createElement(‘script’); lc.type = ‘text/javascript’; lc.async = true; lc.src = (‘https:’ == document.location.protocol ? ‘https://’ : ‘http://’) + ‘’; var s = document.getElementsByTagName(‘script’)[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(lc, s); })(); How much would you pay for a bottle of Cava, produced using the same method as Champagne and […]

A musical ode to inexpensive white wine…

It has been suggested that this blog might be improved by the addition of the occasional piece of spiritually uplifting music. So here goes… (I love the lyrics, by Guardian writer Tim Dowling)

Of wine and cricket

The final hour of Middlesex v Hertfordshire at Lords, April 19, 2013 Every so often, in exchanges with people on Facebook and elsewhere, I get comments like “I know about what wine drinkers think. I frequently host tastings for groups of them…”. I thought of the people who attend those tastings on the final day […]

What’s the value of a Parker point?

What’s the value of a Parker Point? I suspect that to answer this correctly you might need to use a variant of the kind of slide rule I struggled with as a kid, way back in the dark ages of BC (Before Computers). I might be wrong but I can imagine that a five-point hike […]

We know what we want you to want…

Shock! Horror! According to the California Wine Institute, Moscato now outsells Sauvignon Blanc in US retail chains and is only two percentage points behind Pinot Grigio. Moscato sales apparently rose by a third last year – not quite as quickly as sweet red blends which saw their sales grow by 43%. This news will almost […]

A taster of a little parable about appellations – and eggs…

Once upon a time, in the little village of Arse-Ende-of-Knowhere, in the county of Generallydullbutlovelyinpartshire, there was an elderly farmer called McDonald whose hens laid unusually tasty eggs. These eggs were so good, in fact, that local well-informed chefs and gourmets sought them out. No-one could say precisely why Old McDonald’s eggs were so good. […]

Roger Deacon on what makes a great critic

Incisive comment on criticism of all kinds – and the value of the finest, best-informed critics – from Michael Deacon in the Telegraph Roger Ebert: a critic of rare brilliance Roger Ebert’s death is a reminder that writing, not opinion, is at the heart of a great review Roger Ebert was America’s best-known film critic, […]