"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"
"Drinkable diamonds, liquid money, tipsy happiness, champagne is a party in my mouth and a gift in a bottle"
"Chefs all wear the preposterously tall toque blanche hat, but all of the pomp is lavishly lapped up"
"I’ve lived in Alba for over 15 years, and have found my happy place. I plant, I grow, I harvest, I cook"
"One question still vexes me, year in, year out. Where can I take my parents for dinner in London?"