Amazingly it is nearly 5 years since I began my blog, I have published 62 articles but I have basically run out of things that interest me so I have decided to take a sabbatical for a while.
I thought this may be the moment to summarize what I have learnt over this period.
1. Bordeaux en primeur is essentially dead for investment purposes. Most wines for the last 2 legendary vintages of 2009 and 2010 are still trading below their initial price.
2. En primeur is still good for buying difficult to get wines in other regions.
3. Don’t overstock your cellar with one type of wine. I overbought Bordeaux which is fine as it is ageworthy but it is amazing how your palate can change over 5 years.
4. It is possible to buy a drinkable red burgundy for under £10.00. Available from VYD.
5. Drink seasonally, more pinots and Beaujolais. Thank you Raymond Blanc.
6. I think the sweet spot for wine is £10.00-£12.00 anything over this you get a diminishing return.
7. Cheese and red wine don’t really mix, particularly if you are like me and like stinky cheese.
8. Don’t ignore sherry, it is incredibly versatile. Think Fino or Manzanilla rather than Harvey’s bristol cream. One of my favourites below.
9. Rose is for blokes as well.
10. Treat yourself to some nice stemware. It really does make a huge difference.
11. Look out for interesting Vin de Table wines. Some hidden gems here. They are great wines just not following the appellation.
12. Don’t be afraid to ask for an ice bucket if your red is too warm.
13. Magnums are great to share with friends. Or as Keith Floyd once said as he was staggering around outside a French chateau. Not quite enough for 2 people but slightly too much for 1.
14. Support your independent wine shops. I will continue to buy online form Roberson’s, FYD and Berry’s.
15. I prefer right bank over left bank.
16. Keep an eye out for alcohol content. 16% and rising in some cases
17. see I told you I had run out of ideas
Cheers,sante, prost, salute