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6 Nations Tasting Notes An oenological look at the opening weekend's games

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Introduction

Welcome to my wine column where I’ll be taking a look at all things oenological.  Here, you’ll find information on the latest trends and gadgets, investment advice, the places to visit and how to get the most out of your plonk.

As an independent wine merchant and importer, my focus has to be on finding wines you won’t see on the supermarket shelves; products from up and coming or forgotten regions and varieties that give us a great drinking experience but also offer excellent value for money. I’ll be sharing my recommendations with you and also inviting your questions and comments which I will aim to answer as succinctly as possible.  I have no time for wine snobs – wine is simply about getting maximum enjoyment from what’s in your glass, whatever it might be.  My contact details are listed below and do feel free to get in touch any time.  There are, genuinely, no silly questions when it comes to wine.

Kicking off

It’s that time of year again. The time when rugby fans from all over the world unite to support whoever’s playing England. The BBC is allowed to air an actual sport (one that doesn’t boil down to who’s the best at exercising). Welsh fans do their best impression of England football supporters by losing all sense of reality and perspective. Journalists coo over an ever improving Scotland team’s ability to pass the ball from one side of the pitch to the other (bravely) whilst flip-flopping wildly from one extreme of opinion to next based solely on the last game they saw. Everyone delights in describing the French as being bursting with élan and unpredictability despite having for some years been international rugby’s most predictably one-dimensional and boring team.

It’s all great fun. No competition in world sport consistently attracts as many fans to games with stadia sold out tens of times over.  Even Sky Sports News takes short breaks from analysing the move of Norwich City midfielder Tyrone Leroy to Stoke FC on loan to report on whatever inflammatory cricketing analogy Eddie Jones has made about Scotland’s front row.






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About Robert England

Robert England

After graduating from university I spent the following decade living and working between Hong Kong, Shanghai and Melbourne. During this time, I was exposed to a world of food and wine I’d never experienced back in blighty (thank you company Amex) where, truth be told, I was more concerned with where my next pint of snakebite was coming from. With the help of some very generous sommeliers and winemakers, I found myself spending the hours I should have been flogging corporate health insurance touring wine regions and filling my face with good grub and artisanal Pinot Noir until I got to the point I had to jack it all in and pursue a career in wine full time. Since then I have studied and sniffed my way through the WSET L4 Diploma becoming an Associate of the Institute of Wine and Spirits, winning the Earl of Wessex Scholarship, the LISCIO Tasting Trophy and judging at international wine competitions along the way. I now live in Lewes where I run my own business, Wine Boar, hosting tastings, dinners, selling the occasional case of Soave and writing intermittent drivel on food, booze and my other passion, sport with balls. Email: Robert@Wine-Boar.com | Website: www.Wine-Boar.com

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