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Fake or fortune? Pétrus 1949

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I’m not sure that the label of 1949 Pétrus should look like this… It was tasted (drunk!) by a MW in 2015, who wrote, “Petrus 1949 was mute so another bottle was opened. It was glorious!” I hope that MW … Continue reading

PROJECT FRONT FOOT: MAY NEWSLETTER

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A message from Vic Mills at Project Front Foot: “Hi Stuart, Please find attached a little light breakfast reading with the May project newsletter. You won’t be too surprised to hear that they continue to play on at the Gymkhana … Continue reading

An Arctic Banquet – with 1834 Antónia Ferreira Port

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Recently I read Richard Holmes’ history of ballooning Falling Upwards: How We Took To the Air. He tells the tale of S. A. Andrée’s Arctic Balloon Expedition of 1897, which ended disastrously. The bodies of Andrée and two colleagues were … Continue reading

A wine-themed tale from Richard Holmes’ history of ballooning “Falling Upwards: How we Took to the Air”

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In 1836, Charles Green (1785–1870), accompanied by Monck Mason and the MP for Hastings Robert Hollond, set a major long distance record in the balloon “Royal Vauxhall”, flying overnight from Vauxhall Gardens in London – ten minutes from where I … Continue reading

PROJECT FRONT FOOT: APRIL NEWSLETTER

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A message from my friend Vic Mills: “Hi Stuart, Another busy month of news, comment and action from the far pavilions courtesy of the Project Front Foot April newsletter. The icing on the Ras Malai  was the surprise visit by … Continue reading

Chat flanqué de Rats – with Romanée-Conti 1858

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Who could resist a Christmas Day lunch of elephant, kangaroo, cats and rats (yuk), and antelope with Latour (sic) Blanche 1861 (a good Sauternes vintage), Palmer 1864 (one of the great vintages of the 19th century), Mouton Rothschild 1849 (average), … Continue reading

My “The Drinks Interval: Wine and Cricket” article published by FINE India

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Following India’s victory over West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on 30th June 2017, the former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who scored 78 not out, was asked by a journalist about how he is getting … Continue reading

PROJECT FRONT FOOT: “MUMBAI SPECIAL” NEWSLETTER

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A message from my friend Vic Mills: “Hi Stuart, After arguably the weepiest week in the history of the game, it has fallen to Project Front Foot to put a smile back on the face of world cricket. A big … Continue reading

Wine and literature: Marcus Brigstocke’s “The Red” – and Lafite 1973…

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Marcus Brigstocke’s drama “The Red” was recently broadcast on Radio 4. The synopsis read: “Benedict has been sober for 25 years. On the day of his father’s funeral, he learns he has left him an unsettling final request. Benedict’s father … Continue reading

Wine and literature: Roald Dahl’s short story “The Butler”

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Roald Dahl’s wine-themed short story “The Butler” was recently dramatised on Radio 4. George Cleaver, the Sausage King of the North, sells his business and moves to London in order to enter society. He employs a butler, Tibbs, to help … Continue reading