One of the (few) downsides of writing this column is that everyone thinks I know about wine. As a result I'm always handed the wine list in every restaurant to ferret out that exceptional bottle or asked for recommendations for weddings and birthdays. No pressure there then. I hope that I get it more right than wrong, but there's one occasion I leave the choosing to others.
There are a few perks in this job. To be honest, really quite a few. One of the best recently though was last Tuesday, hanging with Olivier Krug, sipping the latest magnificent vintage from his legendary champagne house. At 11am for goodness’ sake! Only a week in to this column and I’m about to break one of my self-imposed rules. While a budget of £15-£25 a bottle will provide you with tremendous drinking almost anywhere, in champagne you have to open your wallet a little wider.
Welcome to a new weekly column devoted to the best the world of wine has to offer. Each week, I will recommend one wine to bring good cheer into your life. They will generally be in the £15-£25 price range where I strongly believe you can find the best value in the wine world. These are wines that have been made with flair and care, but without you having to fork out a fortune for a fancy label. For my inaugural column who better to turn to for advice than Il Vinissimo himself?
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