​Diary of a dream – part 11


Neophyte vigneron Chris Boiling discovers that it’s just as difficult to make a living from wine writing as it is to make wine. 

While Jancis was tasting Grandes Cuvées from Krug and Neal Martin was getting his chops into a Château Montrose from Bordeaux, I was doing a horizontal tasting of mulled wines from Europe’s top Christmas markets. 

A spicy white Glühwein from Dresden came top, in case you were wondering. Cheap reds and whites infused with cinnamon, sugar, lemon rind and brandy, sipped from mugs — what’s not to like?

It was another step along the path to becoming...