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Up in Yorkshire the other day, I took a bottle of one of my current favourite reds round to my grandma’s for dinner. It was Domaine Andr Brunel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2005, France (19.99, Majestic; 12% abv), a glorious mouthful of fire and silk, and at that price also quite a treat, which was why I made the mistake of badgering Grandma with the fatal words, “Do you like it?” Grandma looked at the glass in her hand as if she had only just Biggest Prada Store London noticed it was there. “Oh,” she said, flatly. “Well, yes, I mean, I can drink it.”
Grandma is known in our family for her unerring ability to truffle out the most expensive wine on the table while also smoking a Silk Cut Extra Light. But we don’t normally drink such expensive wine, so this episode confirmed a theory I’ve been developing that it’s easier to enjoy pricey wine if it’s no more than a bracket, or perhaps two, above the one Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada Outlet Online to which you are accustomed. Therefore no one should allow their craven, meths-loving, nerve-jangling yet sweet 2.99 abomination-addicted palates to be tainted by anything remotely good, and they can remain cheapskate and happy for ever.
I have not been taking my own advice. In recent months, I’ve been gently introducing my tastebuds to wines more costly than I would ever normally taste for this page. It has cost a fortune, and my conclusions to date are disappointingly few Black Prada Chain Bag and distressingly vague. The first and most obvious thing is that the stuff people boast about, spend their inheritances on and gaze at longingly before launching into soliloquy is different from the stuff we drink every day. When you get a good one, it’s not so much more – though it may be more intense – as different: a new realm of complexity and Agatha Ruiz Prada Online Shop flavour. It is also an experience rather than a drink: you take a sip, sift through it with your brain and palate, then let go for the emotional Biggest Prada Store London hit. The danger Authentic Prada Outlet Online Usa is the expense. So many of these wines just aren’t worth it. Others will be worth it. One day. But they’re still too young to demonstrate their greatness.
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One more readily available big shout is Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2005, Barossa, Australia (42.75 as part of a half-case, tesco.com; 45, Majestic; 14.5% abv). It doesn’t have the magic of the Chave Hermitage (not least because time has not had a chance to transform it) but it is gorgeous, a beast of a wine that you should decant and eat with rib of beef or put away for a few years. It is a start.
This week I’m drinking …
Sainsbury’s Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2007, Italy (3.99; 12.5% abv) What do you think I am? Made of money? Clean, herbaceous and crisp, this is my idea of a multi-purpose wine – an end-of-day reviver good for a party or with dinner (say, white fish or creamy pasta or asparagus risotto).