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In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2013 21:16:24 GMT
That could have been to do with the potency, it's not called The Full Fifteen for nothing.

Laithewaites are indeed behind ST. I'm not sure this was always the case as they were never mentioned when we first joined but are now quite overtly noticed. Perhaps the took it over as they seem to be behind quite a few of the clubs, Naked is an independant and tends to suppoert smaller and/or up and coming wine makers

Posted on 19 Jan 2013 21:12:38 GMT
What other alcoholic beverages are winners in modern life?

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2013 21:08:13 GMT
Yes, although my allergy might well be related to the use of chemicals to clear the wine, which the Oz folk apparently do, whereas the French and Spanish do not. Certainly I have never had any trouble with a bottle of Cabalie, although a single drop of The Full Fifteen could leave me looking rather distorted for three days.

Posted on 19 Jan 2013 21:00:50 GMT
So......this enthusiastic digression into all things grape related indicates you seem to be in agreement that wine is a winner in modern life.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2013 20:47:53 GMT
I remember a Deliverance moment when entering a pub just south of Dublin on my way to Cork with a friend. All 16 folks merrily chatting away prior to our entry all went mute and rubbernecked our progress across the pub to the bar, were we ordered two Guinness, which were dispatched in under a minute to allow a swift exit.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2013 20:45:30 GMT
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I am intending to leave this keyboard and go into the kitchen for a 750ml bottle of Innes and Gunn. Laters folks....

Delicious, hop wine. I was going to serve it in a glass and then remembered it comes in one.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2013 20:44:37 GMT
Apparently the point at which consumption was still feasible with regards to production was passed back in the early 80's, since then we have been using up commodities at a rate which would require 3 earths to keep up with.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2013 20:43:07 GMT
Laithwaites are behind the Sunday Times Club, if memory serves correctly. We are in Laithwaites own club, but due to the appearance of an allegeric reaction to Oz wines, merely a touch of some, has led to a rapid withdrawal of Oz wine in my diet. A real pity as I loved the stuff. Magill, at £40, at a tasting was possibly the finest wine I have ever tasted. Can't remember which Magills it was, cos I did not buy any, duhhh.

Cabilie, President XV are two delicious French offerings from Laithwaites, particularily the former.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2013 20:38:49 GMT
I have seen folk have a Petit Bocq after too much wine. A Grande Bocq on at least 2 occasions.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2013 18:28:44 GMT
Ohter than the odd malt it's pretty much been my tipple of choice for a few years now. Beer rarely passes my lips these days.
If your in-laws need any product testers i'm yer man

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2013 18:16:58 GMT
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MC Zaptone says:
I'm not going to be buying a case of wine any time soon, Peter. Sorry about that but maybe someone here will go for it. It's a shame I'm not into my wine as my sister-in-laws family have their own vineyard just outside of Bologna! Completed wasted on me.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2013 18:13:09 GMT
Agree lots of things are better, but it's all becoming very unsustainable. True, I have "never had it so good" but my children and, especially, grandchildren are unlikey to share in this.

There is a lot of pain to be had in future, in the world, and it's going to have to be shared out. the 3rd world and developing world will not subsidise our living standards for much longer.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2013 18:02:27 GMT
Goodness, half the time i can't recall without looking at bottle. Did you get your montalcino from the vinery in Sienna as it rings a faint bell. Primitivo is gorgeous, most especially when made with the negro grape., Excuse the spelling here but Sangiovese an Montepulciano are excellent and though it can cover a multitude of ranges a nice Chianti slips down well.

MCW, while bargains can be had ( a £3.45 a bottle out of Aldi e,g) wine has gone up considerably in recent years. A good case costing £50-60 2 years ago will probably be more like £70-80 now. I try and watch out for bargains as much as possible. Just got a really smooth and fruity cabernet sauvignon - about as similar to supermarket hardy's as a pint of sewage is to spring water - that comes from top Aussie Coonawara estate. Absolutely beautiful. Mind you RRP is £169 a case but abtained for £89. I didn't need this case but it was too good a bargain to miss out so i found somewhere to put it.
Wine is an area where generally you get what you pay for but - as mentioned - exceptions can appear frequently.

Sunday Times Wine Club will give you monet back if the wine is no good and this applies to just not liking a bottle even when there is nothing actually wrong with it. You can get mixed cases if you prefer which allows you to experiment,

Naked Wines offer a similar deal. They tend to be more expensive but if you become Angel (£20 amonth) your wine comes at a third off. This £20 is not a fee, thwere are reasons for the charge but it can be built up in yout account and is yours to spend when you order. If you leave with a balance oustanding it will be returned.

Let me know if you are interested, I can request them to send an invite. Bargain case for you and I think i get a nice wee pressie if you actually purchase.

Posted on 19 Jan 2013 17:27:50 GMT
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MC Zaptone says:
I've seen recycling bin men take all three bins (food, garden & cardboard) and tip them all into the same container on a wagon. With the council threat of fines if you don't comply to proper recycling rules, it's appalling behaviour.

Peter, Philip & G.A.I.D...I'm not much of a wine drinker so I'll bow to your superior knowledge but is much of today's preferences as much to do with a bargain as the wine?
If I do buy a bottle it will always be old school, I've never been let down by a simple French Chenin Blanc, usually a Savennieres or on a sunny day a nice cold Vouvray. The same goes for reds, I would always head for a St. Estephe - Bordeaux, say a Petit Bocq. As an occasional wine drinker I like the reassurance that every time it is consistently good.
I sometimes wonder if much wine drinking/discussion is about searching (taking a chance) for something new and inexpensive.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2013 16:37:17 GMT
peter, what italian wines do you like ? i was on holiday in tuscany in october & picked up some rosso di montalcino, much cheaper than its overrated cousin brunello. some chianti classico too, naturally. also like barolo.
if you like s. african pinot noir, try pinotage from same country.
sorry to have missed dundee ppu, catfish & all ; hope to make it this december.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2013 16:25:48 GMT
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M ail not checking it's facts again or once more printing any old rubbishy statement, I haven't been remotely confused by this issue as i had no idea long life bulbs were classified in this way in the first place.
Of course if these things actually lasted the 10 zillion hours of use claimed, none of them should have burned out yet in normal domestic use.

I(s dundee ahead of the rest of the country then? Closed bin wheeled to truck, lifted and tipped by mechanical hoist before being deposited empty on ground. Binmenn don't even set eyes on the rubbish let alone handle it.

Posted on 19 Jan 2013 10:05:14 GMT
Modern life is rubbish - The feeble dull and depressing glow that eventually shines from an energy saving light bulb.
Not to mention hysterical councils who don't want them disposed with the normal trash.
The Daily Mail, which is fast becoming a more entertaining read than VIZ magazine has this measured response:
" confused consumers are putting the new bulbs - classed as hazardous waste - in their dustbins when they burn out, putting the safety of thousands of binmen at risk."

Bulbageddon.

Posted on 19 Jan 2013 10:03:24 GMT
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Posted on 19 Jan 2013 01:36:03 GMT
Perhaps most of us think that modern life is better but secretly regret that we aren't ourselves younger in order to totally take advantage based on previous life experiences? I could wax nostalgic about my long-lost teenage life but at least the days of risking a kicking because of tribal mentality and the way you dressed or what football scarf you wore are largely gone - unless a similar kind of unpleasantness manifests these days itself for other reasons.

Posted on 18 Jan 2013 23:13:33 GMT
...come to think of it, that's another plus for modern life. The development of Aussie wine making skills.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013 23:10:24 GMT
I'm not overly fond of the French but do like my Italian wines.
You're missing out though re new World, the Aussies have an abundance of top class estates (not genarally found in the supermarkets) S.Africa do some rahter good Pinot Noir and the Argentine serve up some damn fine reds.

For a variety of generally unfortunate reasons dinner parties have become something of the past but when we did them it was good friends only so no showboating, conversation hogging/spoilers or general uneasiness whatsoever

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013 23:02:16 GMT
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MC Zaptone says:
I believe so mate, I think it's scampi and chips now, served with a nice cold bottle of Black Tower Riesling. As I've said, it ain't my bag unless there's a promise of prawn cocktails, steak Diane and Black Forest gateaux. ;)

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013 22:50:22 GMT
Theres still a dinner party circuit?!?!

Do they still serve chicken in a basket and fondue? Do you like Babycham?

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013 21:38:38 GMT
Subtle, but appreciated, Butler.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013 21:37:50 GMT
What aboot vempires?? They dinnae show oop in a fotay.
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