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  • Gather ye rosebuds, &c. - endangered species

    Now, money couldn't buy you one of these, even from those big Italian nurseries that supply instant gardens to the Chelsea Flower Show and the like. This is the gi-mung-ous Cornus on the Blackrock Road, its beauty somewhat impaired by whatever cheese sandwich &c. got hold of my camera before...
  • Sommelier of the year quarter-finals

    Please, gentlemen, continue to open your champagne this way. Yes, it is a waste, but it's good for business. And it appears to amuse the lasses.
  • School of hard knocks

    Some big names in music are playing Live at the Marquee just down the road from here at the moment. The six-peaked, red- and blue-striped big top tent is hard to miss - I'll try and take a photo soon. The wine connection today is that a chap called Brendan...
  • Angst about which piece of cutlery to use first

    "...thank goodness the New World has just about destroyed the snobbish mysticism about wine that was used more as a means of social exclusion than as a tool to aid enjoyment.I hope that is for ever in the dustbin of history, along with angst about which piece of cutlery to...
  • Straight from the producer

    Like visiting those birds or fish that take a chance in between the teeth of bigger, generally uglier creatures, I called in this morning to the weekly farmers' market that sets up on the plaza of Mammon Point Shopping Centre, to do some buying direct from the producer. The market...
  • Taste, perhaps?

    This story isn't exactly breaking news, but if anyone out there wants to pour away their Cristal in sympathy with Jay-Z and restock with a less offensive marque, we'd be happy to help. So what if our champagnes mostly come from smaller producers whose names aren't exactly brands (yet)? The...
  • Some reassurance about "contains sulphites"

    We're being asked more and more about the statement "contains sulphites" (it is also permissible to spell them "sulfites") on wine labels. Since last November, effectively every bottle of wine has to carry this announcement, as part of EU bureaucracy in the interest of those who may have an allergy...
  • English Market update

    Austin Brennan, manager of the Bubble Brothers shop in the English Market, gets a day off on Monday, and today I'm holding the fort in his absence. It's always good to be in the Market anyway, because of all the sounds and smells and the people flowing round its alleys...

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