jamie goode's wine blog: bits and pieces

Monday, December 04, 2006

bits and pieces

Just received my copy of The Wine Diet, a new book by Professor Roger Corder. Unlike most books on diet it's actually written by a proper scientist, which augurs well for the accuracy of its content. However, Corder has a stake in this debate because he has discovered one of the potential links between wine and health, and he may overplay this hand because of it. We'll see - I'll report back when I've done some reading.

Also received a sample bottle of the Red Heart wine referred to here a few days back. It's a full-throttle, ripe Aussie red with a distinctive blackcurrant flavour, and some nice chunky tannins. For a 5 wine it tastes pretty good. It reminded me strongly of a Chilean Cabernet or Carmenere, with a little bit of greenness behind the powerful sweet fruit.

Still on the subject of health I went to see a doctor over the weekend about my right elbow. It makes a funny crunching noise when I use it. Has done ever since I mashed it up in a fall a few years back. When I swim, play golf or play tennis, it gets quite sore. So I tell the doctor this (a charming young South African guy). He looks at my notes. 'You're almost 40', he says. 'You aren't as young as you used to be'. Is there anything he can do for me, or advise me to do? 'Use it less,' is the response. 'If you play golf every week, play it once a month'. Hmmm. Don't like the sound of this.

Got my first Christmas card today. It's a big (25 x 18 cm) card from Casa Lapostolle with a picture of their immaculate barrel cellar. Not signed by anyone. Posted from Chile.

Aside: Blogger (which I use to publish this blog) is a real pain at the moment. Its image upload feature only works about one attempt in three. It has problems publishing posts perhaps one attempt in 12. Not good enough.

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5 Comments:

At 3:04 PM, Anonymous Craig McGinty said...

Re Blogger: I can't speak highly enough of TypePad and at 75 a year it's not going to break the bank.

 
At 10:25 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Craig, I toyed with moveable type but in the end opted for blogger as it was so much simpler and seemed to offer similar utility - if I had the time, perhaps I'd have gone for moveable type.

 
At 8:58 AM, Blogger billn said...

I'm happy with wordpress and it costs nothing - apart from 6 weeks of initial frustration to make it look (roughly) like I wanted.

It works directly out of the box if you take any of hundreds of templates..

 
At 2:13 PM, Anonymous keith prothero said...

Yes it is a pain Jamie and if you cannot get it fixed,people like me will quickly lose interest. Let us see if this gets through---4 others have not!1

 
At 2:39 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Guys, nothing to do with me: it's entirely the responsibility of blogger. They dangle the carrot of enhanced functionality, with the downside being that there's a risk of disruption while the kinks are straightened out. My hand was forced a little: the regular blogger was proving increasingly unreliable, so I had to take the jump. The hurdle of moving to new blogging software is a high one, because I don't have the time required to manage the transition properly at the moment.

 

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