Bill Baker

All of us at BBR who knew Bill were immensely saddened by news of  his untimely death.  I first met him in the Walnut Tree Inn at Abergavenny, sitting alone in front of a huge plate of mussels , washed down with a bottle of Chablis (Bill didn’t do halves, in any aspect of his […]

Christmas Day Crackers

I like to start Christmas with a glass of Champagne and the refined elegance of Billecart Salmon  fits the bill perfectly. Moving on to white wine to serve with oysters I would select a Chablis, and the biting, mouth-watering minerality of Billaud Simon ‘s wines has no peer in my book. With turkey I eschew […]

Something for the weekend?

On Sunday morning I did something I never thought 1) I would ever do 2) Would ever have the balls to do! When my alarm rang at half six it dawned on me that I would be starring on LIVE BLOOMIN TV, appearing on a Wine Segment on Something for the Weekend (BBC 2), in […]

Are vintages still valid?

Speaking to The Times , distinguished UK Wine Writer, Hugh Johnson, recently remarked that innovations created by wine growers to protect their crops from the elements have reduced vintage variations, making any year a good year for wine aficionados. Johnson also noted that vintage-specific demand & wine snobbery were intrinsically linked, sparking a debate within the wine world – are […]