In a previous life I collected wine in a reasonably serious way. And then came the ineluctable moment when I had to sell it. The reasons for this sad sale being that it was, for the most part, French wine being held in bonded warehouses and I had moved to France. The result of this equation, had I not sold it, would have been paying 17.5% VAT to Customs and Excise, and a fortune to a transport company to bring the haul back to its country of origin. Not a great plan. I did bring some back for our daughter’s wedding at our home in France. As I sat in our Jeep, the back of which was piled high with cases of fine French wines, waiting to pass through the English customs post on my way back to France, the customs officer lent on the side of the car eyeing the mound of French wine and quietly said “You haven’t quite understood this smuggling business, have you sir”. The real point of this post is that a few fabulous German Auslese wines remain from my collection, mostly because no one but me wants to drink them. Last night I made a dessert of white peaches, skinned and sliced, which are put into a wine glass, covered with a good, chilled dessert wine and put in the fridge to chill. I had forgotten to buy a dessert wine for the purpose, so I used an amazing 1976 Eitelsbacher- Marienholz Auslese! It turned a very good dessert into a memorable moment. There’s still some left in the bottle, which is even better.