Guigal & Fleurie

Well, we have just filled that everyday gap of a light and accessible Pinot Noir in the £ 14-15 slot but not a million miles away we can now offer a wee deal on the Fleurie we usually stock. Though a Beaujolais Cru is is actually thicker textured, more creamy, more overt raspberry and strawberries compared to the Chanson Bourgogne Rouge.



Fleurie La Réserve 2011 Villa Ponciago (usually £ 14.00) at £ 12.50 per Bottle




Tomorrow we have 100 cases of “Giggle”, that is Guigal’s good value Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge from the stellar 2010 Vintage. Still sub £ 10.







Early closing today. We will close a tad early at 5.30 p.m.





Weekly indulgence:


12 Bottles only but available individually:


Château La Croix du Casse 2000 Grand Vin de Pomerol at £ 37.50 per Bottle





Silly Season:


A Frenchman, a Chinaman, and a Scotsman walk into a Pub…


Apart from ordering pork and plain boiled rice my Mandarin & Cantonese are both a touch shaky. What do they say? -  a tri-linguist speaks three languages; a bi-linguist speaks two; and somebody who speaks one language is an Englishman. At least a timely, Kung Hei Fat Choi. On that note I may sneak off a quarter of an hour early on this coming Friday evening as I have been invited to Chinese New Year.


Now to another nation who have been known to wear the occasional Tartan kilt – Scotland. Re Independence, I think it is only fair that London dwelling (etc) Scots have the right to vote on this issue. As it stands, London is the Capital City of that Union. As such, Scots have flooded here for decades and even Centuries. Alexander Fleming did indeed discover penicillin but here in little old London and not north of the border. You can’t blame or condemn a Scot for living or working where they wish in that Union so why Mr Salmond do you want to deny them such a right? Big Salmon in a small pond syndrome Mr. Alex?!


It’s funny the different reaction one gets. A copy of “1,000 Years of annoying the French” lying about the shop and it can illicit immediate interest, amusement but also embarrassment. “What a great book…is it funny?…is it accurate?…that’s a bit rude to the French don’t you know…”. It is a peculiarly English trait however that we veer towards teasing those we actually like and or admire. Secretly wouldn’t we English like to keep France exactly as is but remove the French and add the English? Anyway a little mention for our French neighbours. Back during the Falkland’s the British Media did somewhat lambast the French for the Exocets and helping the Argies directly and indirectly. Having dinner last night with someone who was on the deck of the aircraft carrier, Hermes, I learnt the French actually gave us the most active support, even arguably over and above America in that they used their Super Etendards and Mirages to dog-fight against our Harriers and thus give those pilots crucial experience before it actually all kicked-off. And their engineers too. Anyone in the Military knows this but sadly the Great British Public doesn’t, so from moi, a little late but merçi mon brave, thank you Frenchie.


I did have one comment last week that I had mentioned films for a second week running. Guilty as charged. Yet come the Summer holidays I am not going to discuss the variable merits of Shrek XVII or Ice Age XIX or Rocky LXXXV. January is the single month when the best of the Oscar hopefuls are pitched our way, so if not now, never! Repeatedly customers have said I must see “American Hustle” plus an Italian beauty called “The Great Beauty” (La Grande Bellezza). With January heading to a close, “That’s All Folks!”