Sponsored by the Tweeddale Society Monday,25th August 2014 Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 7.30 p.m.
Knee Deep in Claret: A Celebration of Wine and Scotland
Billy Kay, writer and broadcaster
Though made in Bordeaux from grapes not girders, claret has a legitimate claim as Scotland’s other national drink and once linked Scotland and France so closely, it was called the “Bloodstream of the Auld Alliance.”
Sign up for a convivial start to the Peebles Arts Festival week as Billy Kay investigates the fascinating history of the Scots involvement with claret and the great wines of the world – Sancerre, Champagne, Port, Sherry, Madeira and California, and celebrates our imbibing tradition in poetry, prose and song. Accompanied by an appropriate glass there is no better way to sample historic authenticity and start your Monday evening with a glow.
Billy is co-author of the book ‘Knee Deep in Claret’, while his work on wine history on radio has won him both the prestigious Wines of France Award and the Houghton Prize in the U.K. In France, his contribution to the promotion of claret has seen him inducted into two of the great wine confraternities of the region, the Jurade of St Émilion and the Commanderie du Bontemps of the Médoc and Graves.