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“If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all.” A sound injunction, but not the best qualification for a wine critic.

Writing as the Tippler’s Tipster in a national newspaper he rarely had anything ‘nice to say’ about the hundreds of wines he tasted each year. For wines from farcical through fanciful to the finest, his epithets were legendary. Put-downs like ‘bouquet like a bat’s arse’, ‘tannins like tar’ and ‘a nose like a Neanderthal’ were some of the tamer ones.

His obituary read: ‘High acidity to the bitter bin end. Should have been laid down earlier.’

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    Olga Klezovitch almost 5 years ago

    His problem was that he was tasting all this wine alone, without friends and company. No wonder he was so bitter and his wine was so bitter. Poor guy...

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    Neville Hunt almost 5 years ago

    ...so the message is, never drink alone? I think that's a good message. Thanks Olga.

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    Kate Gowers almost 5 years ago

    Oooh - like that - from the punny title to the obit at the end. Lovely and it raised a smile

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    Neville Hunt almost 5 years ago

    Thanks Kate; I'll drink to that!

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