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Book 1

Category for all posts of wine labels and their texts from wine book number 1, from late 1998 – Christmas 2004, all of which are indexed here.

…compared with this one (also from the same Laithwaites) which, whilst MUCH less complex, expresses powerfully the pepper aspect of Syrah. Aromas (tinged bizarrely …

At last, a half-way decent wine from Laithwaites. Dark plum colour. Rich and warm aromas of dark fruit (blackberry?) coupled with coffee / mocha …

One of the best VFM bottles of wine I’ve had for a while. A Majestic “parcel” of sort-of bin-end, older wine, and what a …

An excellent recommendation for NZ Pinot Noir from Majestic’s managers choice page. Complex and pretty full-bodied (and at 14%, ripe!). An excellent alternative to …

This Japanese sake has the coolest name “Kokuryu”, or Black Dragon, from Fukui prefecture. This is a daiginjo grade Sake with up to 50% …

A random beer entry, but one that had to go in. Some history here! When I first cooked Christmas puddings, following my late grandmother’s …

1997 Meysonniers: 7.6 (7) – slightly darker than the ’95 with Port-like notes and strawberry, coupled with caramel. Balanced, spicy flavour with some red …

A vertical tasting with friends – my first! Happened to end up with a range of these Crozes-Hermitages, starting with the 1995 (above label, …

Dark red colour but with brick-reddish tinge (over-quick ageing?). Coal-smoke licked aromas of dark fruit – damson or black cherry. Quite tannic but generally …

Another step in my “explore more interesting whites” move. Not bad overall – my first Marsanne wine. The back label discussed honeysuckle and citrus, …