Tasting Notes

Writing is making sense of life.’ Nadine Gordimer

Chapter 33 – Papa

At home and loaded with Nurofen I am too restless to lie down. I pace the living room floor, my mind racing, disregarding my tired and aching body. The first anniversary of Papa’s death is in two weeks. What have I achieved since that mad race out of Argentina? My throat tightens and my eyesContinue reading “Chapter 33 – Papa”

Chapter 28 – Old Sins

I get an email from Rachel the following day. She’s had all the info back from stores and she’s about to invoice Villa for £27,753. Could I confirm this is acceptable? Her question is purely academic. Supermarkets deduct whatever they want from suppliers’ payments and the ensuing disputes are lengthy and fraught with pitfalls. YetContinue reading “Chapter 28 – Old Sins”


Papa opens the 1961 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Marguerite Villa has given him for his birthday. ‘It’s a stunning wine,’ he says, nose deep in his glass. ‘Must have cost her a fair bit,’ Maman says. She brushes invisible crumbs from the tablecloth and returns to the kitchen. The smell of roast beef wafts intoContinue reading “Prologue”

4 thoughts on “Tasting Notes

  1. Very well written Anne. Not having been in the wine trade ( though closely associated!) I can imagine how stressful it must be. I think you capture that very well. Most people think it must be an idyllic job but, of course, we know differently. Well done! I look forward to the next chapter. Robin has just started reading!

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  2. I’ve managed to read the chapters! Gosh… It brings it all back. Captures the sense and spirit of the trade, with your own style. Love the addition of the French pop songs as a backdrop. Keepn going la patronne and thank you for sharing. Keen to read on. Bisous x

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  3. I’m really enjoying this, thank you for sharing. It’s as different as it’s possible to be from my experiences as a buyer/importer with a tiny business and small wineries. Look forward to next week’s instalment!

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