The working day started with a phone call from Michael Broadbent. He kindly answered some questions I'd sent over to him concerning three articles I'm writing at the moment (on the world's most expensive wines, recorking, and pre-phylloxera wines). How kind of him: I'm sure he has much better things to do with his time than help young journos with their quotes.
My Riedels have arrived. I decided a while back to get some more glasses: particularly useful if we are entertaining, because while I have several different Riedels (and a few other useful glasses, including some very nicely shaped, thin-rimmed cheapies from John Lewis), it looks a bit odd setting the table with glasses of wildly differing shapes and sizes. The big question, though, was which Riedel shapes should I go for? In the end, I chose to buy 12 each of two shapes, the Chianti and the Burgundy (pictured left, although the wide angle shot has distorted them a little in this image). The former is a great all-purpose glass which also works well for Champagne (this is what that other leading auctioneer Serena Sutcliffe told me she uses for fizz) and Port. The Burgundy stem is just a brilliant glass for a wide range of reds, not just Pinot Noir. A while back I did a taste test with a full set of vinums and this is the one glass that made the biggest impression on me. I'd also love to be flush enough to be able to drink really good red Burgundy from these glasses on at least an occasional basis. Wouldn't that be fun?