Saturday 19th of April 2014


December 9 2011
I woke up this morning with a ‘wine spot’. A red zit right by my nose. Nice. I find that if I drink a little too regularly my skin suffers, and expresses itself freely in the odd unsightly blemish. I don’t understand the mechanism behind it, but it is really annoying.

I feel like I am regressing into my spotty teens, except I am now what is know affectionately as a ‘lightweight’, drinking way under the UK government guidelines of 3 to 4 units a day for men (according to drinkaware) . 3 to 4 units is actually quite a lot (4 x 25ml whiskey shots). I probably only have the equivalent of 125ml 12.5% to 14.5 % ABV wine every night (a small glass or about 1.6 to 1.8 units). Just enough to wash down my beans on toast.

So anyway I ate some muesli with lashings of milk as a healthy antidote ...

A Very Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2009

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Cloudy bay has a reputation. A good one. If a bottle comes your way you may feel a little tingle of anticipation before opening it. The price tag of around £17 to £28 certainly talks the contents ...

Angels or Demons?

November 25 2011
There is a boom in fakery. The Internet is a perfect breeding ground for hogwash and deception. This pursuit is becoming a dark art form all in its own right with massive covert marketing drives ...

To drink, or not to drink?

October 14 2011
The boundaries of the wine world we are allowed to see in our UK shops are changing in new and exciting ways. For example India is starting to become a player, ...

What to do with cheap cava...bro

September 19 2011
What do you do when you have very average cava and guests arriving?

Do you pour your £6.00 fizz out while obscuring the label with a carefully ...

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