Posted 25th Nov 2015
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Posted 23rd Nov 2015
German rehabilitation hospitals are pretty nice. My room had a view into the Black Forest, and there was a bar on the next floor. So when I opened my work email and found myself faced by hundreds of wine pitches, I had the choice of recovering by going for a walk or having a stiff drink.
Have a guess which one I chose.
I hadn’t looked at my email in a long time – I’d been been too busy reading to think about work. Reading is how I got through nearly an entire year of medical treatment, where my choices were either die of cancer, or die of boredom. Hospital was dire: the food was awful, there was no wine, and the walls were white. Given that I didn’t have enough German to chat to anyone, the overall effect was...
Wine of the Week
(£11.99, 12%, Red Squirrel Wines)
Light, elegant and refreshing, this is a south-west French wine that wouldn't look out of place in Provence, give or take a slightly green, grassy undertone that's typical of the Braucol grape. Summer berries, tangy acidity and bone dry with a note of capsicum and a long, tapering finish.
I’m an award-winning wine writer and Master of Wine with 28 years’ experience. I write for a number of publications, including The World of Fine Wine, Intelligent Life, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Imbibe, Decanter, Wine-Searcher, Fine Drink (China) and Woman and Home, appear regularly on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen 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 25 awards for my journalism and photography. So far, I don’t have a red nose to show for it.
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