Mozart, Bach and Strauss at Mantra

Thursday, 10 July 2014 11:02
There must be very few food-conscious people in Pattaya who don’t know where to find Mantra Restaurant. If you are one of them (and I promise not to tell anyone) it stands in the grounds of the Amari Hotel, fairly close to the beach in...

Hobgoblins, Postilions and Claret

Thursday, 13 June 2013 11:35
In Great Britain, they used to call any red wine from the Bordeaux region “claret”, regardless of its origin or pedigree. Some British people still use the word, although they tend to be over a certain age and of a refined social class, actual or...

Nosing Around

Thursday, 25 October 2012 10:12
Gascony, as you might remember (or possibly never knew) lies down in the South West of France with Bordeaux to the North, the Atlantic to the East and the Spanish border to the South. On a good day you can see the Pyrénées.  

Hold it right there!

Thursday, 26 April 2012 12:37
Now listen; I don’t want to sound like a grumpy old git, but there’s one thing that really gets up my nose. Well, there are several things actually, but the others can wait. I find it irritating to see people clutching their wine glasses by...

Planet of the Grapes

Thursday, 01 March 2012 13:51
Did you know that there are about ten thousand species of wine-grapes in the world? The chances are that the average wine-drinker would encounter only a couple of dozen of them in the same number of years. You see, the vast majority are somewhat obscure....

A Touch of Glass

Thursday, 17 November 2011 16:40
On Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok, there’s a restaurant where they give you an enormous wine glass if you order anything other than the house wine. Honestly, the glasses are absolutely massive. One of them would make a desirable residence for a goldfish. They’re extremely heavy...