‘Life’s too short to drink bad wine’ – Its out! We’re in!

Simon Hoggart’s fabulous book ‘Life’s too short to drink bad wine’ has been up-dated by Jonathan Ray. He has added 12 new wines and we particularly like the recommendation on page 17. Its us! The book is being launched today!

Jonathan Ray knows his stuff. Currently the drinks editor of the Spectator – having previously done the same for GQ and the Daily Telegraph – we can out him as having been the anonymous ‘Bar Spy’ for Imbibe magazine. He has written many books on wine, which have been translated into over a dozen languages and sold 300,000 copies. His witty prose has you barrelling through the pages, greedy to engorge. It is full to the brim with vinous treasures ready to be uncorked.

I don’t want to ruin any surprises, but this book is likely to slip into many Christmas stockings.

Read it and sip!

Here’s an extract on English Sparkling wines:
‘Cast iron favourites of mine fairly newly strutting their stuff include Herbert Hall Winery in Kent, Coates & Seely in Hampshire and Ambriel in West Sussex where Wendy Outhwaite QC, a leading barrister, now enjoys a hugely successful second career making first-rate fizz.
The Ambriel range is hard to beat, consisting of the Classic Cuvée, the Blanc de Noirs, the outrageously drinkable English Rosé and the English Reserve Demi-Sec, a fabulously decadently sweet sparkler that is as fine a partner as I have yet come across for such English classics as smoked eel starters, goat’s cheese tarts, strawberries and cream, Eton Mess, wedding cake or – and I’m only guessing here, of course – al fresco seductions.’