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What did a wine list look like in 1914?

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.

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