I’ve been listening to modern jazz longer than I’ve been drinking wine. Jazz lovers are in a musical minority and are subject to a mixture of incredulity – ‘how can you listen to that?’ – and ridicule, as the (very funny) Fast Show sketch demonstrated. But, as Thelonious Monk once put it – ‘you’ve got to dig to dig it – you dig?’

All this is a precursor to the wine shown – spotted in Tanners recently when Geoff and I made our annual visit. A fresh and harmonious blend of the usual grapes (35% Grenache, 25% Carignan, 20% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre/Cinsault) with not a bum note in sight. More mainstream jazz than avant-garde, more Lester Young than Ornette Coleman, if that helps. Good value at about £11.

I’m sure we’ve mentioned Tanners before as a great place to buy wine but if you are in Shrewsbury , the excellent CSONS bistro is the place for lunch. Fabulous pork belly with salt roasted celeriac and a carrot/chorizo ragu.


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