A Trip to Georgia: Day 3

May 31, 2018

Of chacha at the gallop, Crazy Pomegranate=crazy-good food, old Rkat and new pet nat. They say in Sighnaghi that if you drink wine and chacha all night long you start to see the snow-capped Caucasus mountains. This is because dawn has broken and even through blur-vision-eyes everything is still visible and twice as audible. Despite […]

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A Trip to Georgia: Day Two

May 31, 2018

Of healing cheese, #skintouch, bonny Saperavi, a qvevri academy and super Supra. “Truth is not found in other people’s grapes. You can’t call that your wine. Truth is in growing your own grapes.“ –Soliko Tsaishvili The morning after the night before is not necessarily a pretty one. A few of the hardier sponges had soaked up […]

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A Trip to Georgia: Day One

May 31, 2018

Two semi-supras, twenty-one score and five grape varieties, the other Iberian coffee, dodgy spice dealing and trying not to fall in qvevris After an overnight flight you’re bound to hit the ground in Georgia sleepwalking. Whilst an infusion of chacha (grog to counteract grogginess) would certainly invigorate the flagging spirits, Georgian Airlines barely stretches to […]

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Tutti i Giorni: Three light Italian reds for every day glugging

May 24, 2018

We experienced a tantalising flicker of high summer the other day, the kind of weather that moves the great British populace to invoke the inalienable peasant rite of “pulling a sickie”. The swards of Clapham Common were plastered with comely youths flaunting and slurping wines as pink as their unprotected flesh. If orange is the […]

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Doug decants: Franck Balthazar, Cornas

May 24, 2018

Illustrious Hermitage is spoken with a regal drawl, all languorous and timeless, Cote-Rotie, with its pleasing assonance and alliteration, trips authoritatively off the tongue, then there is Cornas. Not Corn-ah, mind you but the stubby peasant finalising of “ass.” This tiny rustic island of world-class Syrah floats at the southern end of the northern Rhone. […]

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#thebeastfromtheyeast and other cringeworthy wine hashtags

May 21, 2018

“…A man who could make so vile a pun would not scruple to pick a pocket.” Gutenhashtag! Und #nichtsehrgutenhashtag! Only Donald Trump could make twitter synonymous with acute logorrhoea. Here at Purple Prose Towers we often desire to take a holiday from the lush, and sometimes unwieldy, tasting notes, and pack our crispy nuggets of […]

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Doug decants: The Wines of Philippe Bornard

April 27, 2018

Philippe Bornard lives in the village of Pupillin near Arbois. His vineyards were inherited from his father, who previously sold only to co-ops. It was Pierre Overnoy, no less, who eventually convinced Philippe to begin to make his own wine, and now, decades later, he is working with nearly seven-hectares of 30 + year old […]

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Pretty in Pink: Part 2 (The Rest of the World)

April 27, 2018

And so we continue on our Rosé journey with some utterly delicious pinks… Was it Mariah Carey in We Belong Together (remix) (feat. Jadakiss and Sty) who extolled the great PG: Big cups, Pinot Grigio Take it easy, yo No, we don’t yo to take it easy with Pinot Grigio. We want a wine that […]

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Pretty in Pink: Part 1 (The Frenchies)

April 27, 2018

We’ve probably endured enough whimsical articles about “la vie en rosé” and how we should be “tickled pink” by surprisingly drinkable rosé wines, but that’s not going to stop this miniature pink peroration. Perhaps it’s global warming, perhaps the adoption of an al fresco lifestyle, wherein at the first watery glimmer of the sun, tables […]

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Wine Wabi-Sabi

April 26, 2018

There are two broadly opposed approaches to farming and winemaking that illustrate the personal aesthetic of those people who are involved in the process. One is to see farming and winemaking as cold commercial scientific or technological activities designed to generate consistent outcomes; the other is to view these as part of life, part of […]

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