Drinking Outside The Box

With Simon Woods – wine for people who have a life

It’s a wine of two halves… March 9, 2009 at 10:15 am

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Loved this comment on the weekend’s football from Yahoo’s Early Doors team – “Chelsea’s FA Cup sixth round win at Coventry was so completely lacking in drama that ITV would have been better off showing 90 minutes of Tic Tac adverts.” The gist of an entertaining article was that while English football teams are more adept at winning than they were in the 1990s, they’re also far more boring. “Were the likes of Matt Le Tissier, Gianfranco Zola and Dennis Bergkamp truly world class? Who cares? The Premiership might have little more than a retirement home for ageing stars, but it was a bloody exciting one.”

Could the same be said of of today’s High Street and supermarket wine ranges? Fewer duds than in the past, and more economically sound, certainly. But for the most part, predictable, with technically correct but often soul-less wines dominating. I must say I preferred it when Wine Rack had almost as many wine buyers as it had stores, when Oddbins shelves came over all Greek, and when Safeway failed to live up to its name with an inspiring selection of Eastern European oddballs. Sounds like I need to write a folk song on the subject…

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