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The Perfect Nightcap

Just a quick update today as I’m a little busy. Got my 5k run in early and although still a bit cold the sun felt wonderful soothing. Spring has been a long time coming.  My head was still a little fuzzy from a late night. After a meal out with family we got back home and got stuck into the chocolate Easter eggs and a gorgeous bottle of Calvados. Not just any Calvados, might I add. All too often it is more like rocket fuel, but not this one. It has a beautiful sweet smell of apples, very clean and powerful. Smooth on the tongue with a nice amount of warmth and complexity. This is more like a good Cognac.

L. Dupont Calvados du Pays d’Auge comes with its own ‘appellation controlee’, similar to many wines. The type of apples used (more than 40 different types are allowed) and where they are grown are all important as well as how it has been distilled and matured. Here it has more in common with Cognac than with other fruit-based eau-de-vie. This one certainly tastes like no corners were cut. Proper Calvados has to come from Normandy and the Pays d’Auge forms the heartland of the Calvados region. All Calvados has to be made from apples, however if you see one labelled ‘Domfrontais’ it will have pears in the blend as well. Sip it neat and at room temperature from a brandy glass and savour it.


Wine list Food, Fun and Fizz

Last night saw the first of what is to become a series of food and wine matching evenings with Tasting Scotland. 30 enthusiastic food and wine lovers got together at the the Good Spirits Co tasting room in Glasgow to get the low down on Scottish food and match it to some tasty wines. I’m going to devote a bigger post to this soon but I’ve had a few requests for the wine list, so without further ado, here it is. All wines are available through Cross Stobs Wine with exception of the Manzanilla which can be obtained from the Good Spirits Co. Alternatively drop me a note and I’ll help you source what I can.

The next event is in the planning and will be on January 30th next year. Might there be a Scottish theme to the wine?



Syn Cuvée Blanc – McLaren Vale, Australia £10.95


The Smoked Salmon Taste Trail

Domäne Wachau Grüner Veltliner Federspiel – Austria £8.85 (reduced price)

Raats Unoaked Chenin Blanc – Stellenbosch, South Africa £9.90


The Rare & Native ‘Irn Bru’ Pig

Luis Cañas Barrel Fermented Rioja Blanco, Spain (white) £9.95

Luis Cañas Rioja – 5 months barrel maturation, Spain (red) £9.95


The Smoky Soup of Scotland

Bodegas Argüeso San Leon Manzanilla, Spain £13


The Game Stew is on

Mathilde – Cotes du Rhone, France £10.50


Little Miss Muffet’s Dairy Box

Andrew Quady Starboard Batch 88, California £15


A wee bit of fudge

Familia Zuccardi Tardía Torrontes, Argentina £8.95