On BBC Radio 4 all this week...


... is a series of 15-minute programmes, Five Green Bottles, about bottles of wine that could, for very varied reasons, be vaguely described as historic. The five 12-minute programmes will be aired just after the noon news. The series can be downloaded here from the blessed iPlayer. 

My episode, on Ch Pavie and the Parker effect, kicks off the series on Monday. Then it's Hugh Johnson on that ancient 1540 Steinwein in Germany, the oldest wine in Michael Broadbent MW's record of a lifetime of wine tasting, Rebecca Gibb MW on Sassicaia on Wednesday, Tim Atkin MW on Vin de Constance on Thursday, and philosopher Barry Smith on a 1994 red burgundy on Friday. 

A few more details here.