"While I am sure the Greeks commercialised a few bruts before then, Pommery’s incredible 1874 vintage bowled over Victorian London"
“Today is the day that the Cannes Film Festival would have kicked off. In celebration I will mix myself a gin & tonic and set fire to a €20 note, while an Estonian three-hour black & white documentary about a convent plays on my TV. Cheers!”
"Looking at the bottle, with its olde worlde label and dark green hue, I felt as if I were going in to see my bank manager, or for a job interview"
"I smiled back. I felt dirt smear across my teeth. I guess no wine tasting today"
"We are not very focused on marketing. Vinification is the key for us, and all the rest is bullshit…"
"I am not here to be right: I am here as a friend who wants you to put nice things in your mouth"
"Even when worn by bandits and fools in old Japanese movies, they suggest ease and style"
"Drinkable diamonds, liquid money, tipsy happiness, champagne is a party in my mouth and a gift in a bottle"
"Kirill Gerstein has long fingers and I am sure he time-travels"
"Unrivalled as a host, her death a week afterwards was unreasonably and irrationally upsetting to me: I’d only known her for a few hours"