About time

Timepiece by Andrik Langfield

Tom Parker MW, whose day job is at Farr Vintners, reports on lockdown's beneficial effect on his wine tasting.

The gradual relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions in the UK brings many advantages, with restaurants, pubs and shops reopening key among them. My first few forays to meals with friends have been a delight. Life is, I hope, returning to normal, and none too soon. There has, however, been one unforeseen benefit to life in lockdown when it comes to tasting wine – time. The chance to access a wine over several hours (or days) and watch it evolve has provided a...