Posted 10th Aug 2018
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Posted 10th Aug 2018
Is marriage a matter of the head or the heart? Driving back from my godson’s wedding in Nottingham recently, I heard an interview with Baroness Fiona Shackleton, Britain’s leading divorce lawyer, on BBC Radio Four’s Today Programme, about this very conundrum. Shackleton was unsurprisingly hard-nosed about conjugal bliss, describing it a “practical arrangement” rather than a mingling of souls. The head, she argued, should always rule the heart. For all the confetti, the bridesmaids and the optimistic speeches, the reality of marriage is hard work.
There’s a parallel with wine here. People who go into the business often do so for romantic rather than practical reasons. I’m not talking about those of us who eke out a...
Wine of the Week
(£17-22, 13.5%, )
A wine that's consistently a match for all but the very best (and much more expensive) wines of Pessac-Léognan, this deftly oaked Marlborough Sauvignon ages brilliantly too. Leesy, rich yet beautifully balanced, it combines flavours of vanilla spice, gooseberry fool, lanolin and vivid acidity. One of the region's very best expressions of the grape.
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.
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