What did a wine list look like in 1914?

8th July, 2014 by Neal Baker

A century on, and the 1914 wine list from the forerunner to The Wine Society is now quite the artefact.

 

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At the Society’s helm was a general manager bearing a name that would certainly encourage a feeling of confidence in the society members…

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And the society headquarters could boast cushy central London offices and private cellars…

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The preface to the list is a rallying-cry to wine lovers the world over…

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And full of advice for any fledgling wine collector…

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There are wise words on the tricky matter of storage (most notably to keep the bottles away from one’s kitchen range)…

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Reassurances that seem appropriate to today’s natural wine fan…

 

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And a vital tip relevant to ALL of us…

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There are prices for top wines that make a mockery of today’s rates (the most expensive case of Burgundy going for the equivalent of just over £122 in today’s money)…

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And praise for a wine-producing region that, in a few short weeks, wouldn’t be receiving such high esteem…

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Thanks to The Wine Society for releasing this gem.

6 Responses to “What did a wine list look like in 1914?”

  1. Linden says:

    Savigny ’06 please. Nice to see a good selection in halves. I would love to see the German list please.

  2. Neal Baker says:

    If you click the link at the bottom of the piece it will take you to the full document, so you can have a look at the Germany list.

    Here’s the link: http://www.thewinesociety.com/resources/downloads/july-1914.pdf

    Thanks.

  3. David N says:

    The note for the most expensive wine on the list, the Corton, uses the word “Ripe”. I wonder what that means exactly. Was 1898 a hot year? You don’t see that word anywhere today in Burgunday. Maybe in California… (-;p

  4. cvgate says:

    Missing a descriptor for Volnay 1896 … … … 😉

  5. ben says:

    The International Exhibition Co-operative Superconvoluted Wine Society, Limited.

  6. Mike Green says:

    Neal, you start the article indicating that this is the forerunner of The Wine Society, I was under the impression that it is the same organisation that no longer uses the full description in its name of the International Exhibition Cooperative?

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