Cal­i­for­nia dream­ing

Decanter - - LETTERS -

tHere are tIMes when read­ing De­canter is a joy­ful romp through as­pi­ra­tion and wish­ful think­ing, when money is no ob­ject and my drink­ing dreams take me over the rain­bow. at other times I won­der what world peo­ple are liv­ing in. ro­nan say­burn’s list of top 30 white wines from Cal­i­for­nia (Septem­ber 2018) is not so much a joy­ful romp as a ter­ri­fied creep through a haunted wood pop­u­lated by rav­en­ous wolves with one eye on my throat and the other on my wal­let. Only two wines un­der £20! How many wine lovers – how many De­canter read­ers – live in this world? Ironic that Hugh John­son’s col­umn in the same is­sue takes a beau­ti­ful pop at pro­duc­ers who in­flate their prices for ques­tion­able rea­sons. no doubt ex­pen­sive can some­times be value for money. equally some price-tags are so bloated as to be obese, but sadly the pa­tient is clearly re­fus­ing all treat­ment. Tim Frances, New­bury, Berk­shire

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