Wines of the week.Byline: MAURICE FITZMAURICE
WHO'D have thought us wine types would have a sense of humour Noun 1. sense of humour - the trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous; "she didn't appreciate my humor"; "you can't survive in the army without a sense of humor"
sense of humor, humor, humour ? Well it seems we do, in a only-wine-people-would-get-it kind of way.
My regular emails from Decanter this week included a rather worrying missive on April 1 about how the government of North Korea The North Korean Government is the executive branch of the state, according to the constitution. In practice, the highest decisions are made by the National Defence Commission of North Korea led by its Chairman Kim Jong-il. was buying up the entire allocation of Chateau Latour's second wine, Forts de Latour, pictured.
Panic, no doubt, ensued among the sort of people who have the money to be buying said vino. I worried little, what with being skint skint
Slang without money, esp. only temporarily [variant of skinned]
Adj. 1. skint - lacking funds; "`skint' is a British slang term"
broke, bust, stone-broke, stony-broke .
But fear not, youse youse
pron. Chiefly Northern U.S.
You. Used in addressing two or more people or referring to two or more people, one of whom is addressed. See Notes at you-all, you-uns. uns with plenty of dough, for a second email arrived which read "Decanter would like to make clear that today's article about the government of North Korea buying the allocation of Chateau Latour's second wine, Forts de Latour, was intended as an April Fool's joke (humour, event) April Fool's Joke - (AFJ) Elaborate April Fool's hoaxes are a long-established tradition on Usenet and Internet; see kremvax for an example. In fact, April Fool's Day is the *only* seasonal holiday marked by customary observances on the hacker networks. and is entirely untrue".
Other gems Decanter has tried to trick us with include suggesting Paris Hilton would open wine show Vinexpo 2007 by descending in a golden balloon, that a sixth wine would be elevated to First Growth status for the 150th anniversary of the 1855 Classification and that the French Government was banning all drinking on restaurant terraces.
As said, it's stuff that only wine people would get. Anyway, to more serious matters and news that UK sales of sub-pounds 4 Rhne wines tumbled by 73% last year, according to new figures from Inter Rhone. Currency fluctuation and duty rises were blamed for the fall, as Rhone wines under pounds 4 become harder to find across the UK retail sector. Olivier Legrand, marketing manager for regional body Inter Rhne, said sales of entry-level wines encountered "significant difficulties".
At the same time, he added, wine drinkers have chosen to spend more on Rhone wines rather than trade down to an alternative.
Wines costing more than pounds 4 now account for 71% of Rhne sales, against 42% in 2007, with sales of wine above pounds 10 up 35% on 2008.
Well trade up, I say. Sub pounds 4 wines, now come on. Don't get me wrong there are a few out there, but cheap does not mean good value. And dont you forget it. Seriously, from where ever you buy wine, pounds 6 to pounds 8 or so is where the good stuff is, and I'll not bore you with the whys and what fors of levels of duty and why that is.
Just trust and try one of these more than a deep sea diver Rhones below...