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The Lingerers

“You have the best job in the world, you really do…” So the refrain goes, a bit of admiration laced with a dash of jealousy and a smattering of “Oh…

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Meursault & Megadeth

“Can I offer you something while we talk? You wanna beer or something? Wine?” We’re backstage at the 02 Centre in Greenwich, two hours before showtime: 17.30. Dave Mustaine walks…

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California Dreaming

As Sideways opens on the stage in London, Zeren Wilson reminisces of his time spent in the vineyards of California. CODE Quarterly, Issue 7

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Take it Away

“What on earth is wrong with you?” The question comes out of nowhere, a sly uppercut into the soft underbelly of my  fragile (often) sense of worth. “I mean, seriously. What is…

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England Sparkles

The rise of the English sparkling wine industry has seen its bottles move from “plucky outsider” status to champagne-beating cellar essentials, claiming a record number of international trophies along the…

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Tonic Rage

  “See how its strength bursts to the top of the glass…the difference is almost frightening.” – These are the mellifluous tones of suave British actor William Franklyn, on a voiceover…

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Drunken Monkey

“Wild chimps caught boozing on 7% ABV ‘wine’”, shrieked the headline in The Guardian last year. As headlines go, that’s a corker. Noble Rot, Issue N10

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I’ve Not Been Back

‘I forgot it was still open’ ‘I forgot to go back’ ‘I haven’t had a chance’ ‘Been doing the new places’ ‘I thought it wasn’t all that’ ‘I thought it…

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Red Alert

The ‘oldest’ of the New World countries to begin making wine, South Africa’s grape adventure began long before the world started taking note. Christie’s International Real Estate

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Going Solo

“Just for one please.” – How many times have I uttered this? A lot. I love it. I’m well up for this solo dining lark me… Noble Rot, Issue N12