Posted 18th Oct 2018
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Posted 16th Oct 2018
I saw Christmas decorations in the supermarket today. Admittedly, they were tucked behind ranks of lurid Halloween costumes – but still. Between these and the inexplicable (and surely eternally unused) nets-of-nuts, family pack chocolates and tubs of cheesy footballs already banked at end-of-aisles, I think we can say it: consumer Christmas has begun. It means it’s only a matter of time before we start to experience peak clickbait contradiction. “Why a sober Christmas is the only choice for responsible parents” vies with “Don’t tell the kids! 5 Christmas cocktails you can disguise as hot chocolate”. Truly, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without consumer frenzy scarcely tempered by a litany of ‘opinion’ pieces...
Wine of the Week
(£9.49 down to £7.99, 12.5%, Waitrose)
I often prefer unblended Cabernet Franc to Cabernet Sauvignon, especially at this end of the market. This unoaked, tufa limestone-sourced example from Saumur has long been one of my favourite supermarket tipples. Perfumed, encticing and grassy, with fine-boned tannins, refreshing acidity and gratiflyingly low alcohol.
I’m an award-winning wine writer and Master of Wine with 33 years’ experience. I write for a number of publications, including Harpers, Decanter, The World of Fine Wine, Gourmet Traveller Wine, The Drinks Business and Imbibe and am one of the Three Wine Men. I am a co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, the world’s most rigorously judged blind tasting competition, and have won over 30 awards for my journalism and photography. So far, I don’t have a red nose to show for it.
Awards and recognition
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