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About Man et Vin

I am a 47 year old living in Nottingham. Maybe, like me, you have become disillusioned by the quality and variety of most wine that is sold in the UK. I am not anti supermarket or wine store but there must be more out there. Please join me on my journey to find decent good value wine. At the same time I want to find out more about storage, availablity and discover some of the lesser known wine growing areas. I have nothing to do with the wine industry, as it happens I am a middle manager in a financial services company.

My last blog for a while……

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 … Continue reading

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French Wine Classification

Up until recently there were 4 wine classifications. Please stay with me as this is dull but important. Vin de Table, Vin de Pays, Vin Délimité de Qualité Supérieure and  Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée AOC, with most of the press being … Continue reading

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French wine which grape?

Many French wine labels are packed with lots of useful information, however it is very rare that you see the grape variety included. Yesterday, my father in law gave me a nice bottle of Bordeaux in exchange for some shopping I … Continue reading

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Four season drinking

Raymond Blanc is somewhat of a hero in our house. Twenty years ago we had our first amazing dining experience at Le Manoir, tastes, textures and flavours that we had never experienced before and something that just doesn’t seem to happen … Continue reading

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And on to Lyon…

From Alsace to Lyon, the gastronomic centre of France and part two of our holiday. Lyon is France’s second city but it certainly isn’t second rate. We were chiefly there for a bit of culture and to visit the cities famous bouchons. … Continue reading

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A trip to Alsace

As part of our summer holiday this year we spent 3 lovely days  exploring Alsace, basing ourselves in Colmar. We didn’t hear many English voices so I guess it’s off the radar for most which is a real shame. Hopefully … Continue reading

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Don’t tell him Pike!

From my last blog you may remember that I thought I had managed to secure some declassified Chateau Lafite. I am pleased to report that this is the case.   This merchant does an impressive collection of declassifieds but as I … Continue reading

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