Tulips

The story of Tulip Mania is one best recounted by a Dutchman.  I can do a pretty good Dutch accent but can’t write one.  Use your imagination – the story is better.  Drink a Grolsch.

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Three bottles: John Gilman

“The Very, Very Ripe, Very, Very, Very Tannic 2010 Vintage In Bordeaux-Miraculously, Some Great Wines Found Alive On the Battlefield”.  Now that is a title for a piece, and I do love a contrarian.  If only I had the balls to write what I actually think…

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2010 Bordeaux

At the end of Summer 2010, Ed Milliband was elected leader of the Labour Party.  A few weeks later, the harvest in Bordeaux was coming in.  A harvest that many proclaimed to be the greatest ever, and one that was certainly the most expensive ever.

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1996 and all that

If, like me, you started your fine wine journey in the late 1990s, then 1996 will have been the first serious vintage that came onto the radar.  The clarets were and are excellent.  The Burgundies very highly rated at the time though the jury is out for the moment on these.

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The Famous Crystal Palace

About a minute after Jason Puncheon (he’s one of our own) scored, I noticed that my eyes were a bit watery.  Watery in the same way that they get when I listen to Nina Simone sing “Mr Bo Jangles” (it’s all about the dog).

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