December 18th, 2012

Vinter William’s Fine Wines


Say what you like about William Hague, the man certainly knows how to play host. Guido has got hold of the list of wines he has served to visiting kings, queens, presidents and prime ministers over the last year. No expense has been spared, out of our pocket naturally.

The Foreign Secretary’s fine choice of the “flamboyantly scented” Château Cheval Blanc 1985 will have impressed guests, at least it should have at £400-a-bottle. Those looking for something a little more subtle could go for the Château Léoville-Lascases 1989, a snip at just £139. A classic Bordeaux is also on offer, the £142-a-bottle Château Cos d’Estournel 1986 will have been enjoyed by visitors from across the Channel. Let it never be said that Hague lets his guests go away unsatisfied, a glass or two of the £87-a-bottle Warre 1977 is how our host likes to end his soirées. And if he’s sufficiently lubricated, he might even let you see his snake


  1. 1
    Shhh says:

    Beats Crozes Hermitage!

  2. 2
    Mr BumBum says:

    He always leaves a lovely taste in his guests’ mouths.

  3. 3
    He who no longer posts says:

    A NSFW warning would have been nice on that link.

  4. 4
    Moussa Koussa Mark 3 says:

    Is this the politics of envy Guido….you are flip flopping like a Boris.

    Dale Boy Hague can quaff his wine, while the rest of us put up with yet more draconian measures.

    “””The notice period employers have to give before creating large-scale job losses is to be cut from 90 to 45 days”””

    You neo f*uck wits must be so proud…well done

  5. 5
    adrian drummond says:


  6. 6
    Ivor Biggun says:

    Those will be the current values of those wines – I’m no fan of government largesse, but I do know that HMG buys up wines as they become available and holds on to them, hence spends less than the wines are currently worth.

  7. 7
    Moussa Koussa Mark 3 says:

    Lovin it….UKIP you have 14 points but no seats….LOL

  8. 8
    Garudian spillchukker says:


  9. 9
    Anonymous says:

    Just starting to make homebrew wine to save money at home. Good to see we are all in it together.

  10. 10
    Hobo humping Solbo babe says:

    To late Lord Coe has already seen it.

  11. 11
    William's SpAd says:

    It’s a very nice snake even if it is stuffed.

  12. 12
    Git off yo asses and spread the word for guns! Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehaaaaaaaaaw! says:

  13. 13
    Anonymous says:

    Why was Queen sitting between two Queens today?

  14. 14
    Libertarian says:

    This policy document from earlier this year at Cato institute is a good start:

    Google up: ‘Tough Targets: When Criminals Face Armed – Cato Institute’

    Interesting read, and helps cut through the liberal b/s media spin.

  15. 15
    Yorkie DrayMan says:

    14 pint’s of Theaksons Auld Perculiar and a slap or two would sort that woofta out !

  16. 16
    Balls says:

    Utter Bollocks Ivor

  17. 17
    V1le Labour ruined my Country says:

    I wonder what the Labour multimillionaire MP’s spent when they were lording it for 13 years?

  18. 18
    Chriselee says:

    Is that the one-eyed trouser snake>

  19. 19
    London Cabbie says:

    What a load of shite. The FCO is one of the great ofices of State of one of the richest countries on earth. What the fuck are they supposed to serve VIPs and Heads of States, Blue fucking Nun? And do you suppose William Hague chooses these wines himself? Have you turned into Ed fucking Milliband? Get over yourself why don’t you you bog-trotting twat.

  20. 20
    Herman Van Rumpled says:

    Didn’t stop Dave whining about European leaders drinking a mere off-vintage of Chateau Ausone at a recent EU meeting to discuss budget matters. He should have congratulated the Council secretariat on the prudent use of taxpayers’ funds; the Ausone hasn’t taken a haricut, unlike Greek bond holders…

  21. 21
    Dave says:

    You should all be proud that I am setting a minimum price of alcohol for the poor. Soon everyone will join us in forking out £400 for a bottle of plonk.

  22. 22
    Brown out and pay me damages. says:

    Nice stuff!

  23. 23
    London Cabbie says:

    What an original statement. Never heard it before. We are all in it together. How witty and intelligent. You forgot to mention pleb and LOL you dumb wanker.

  24. 24
    Chriselee says:

    Yeo on Daily Politics denies being a piggy,,,,,,,oink

  25. 25
    The British Public says:

    Can we name the snake Sid, and can he stand in Ikes ward at the next election ?

  26. 26
    Tom Tomos says:


  27. 27
    Julian Assange's lovechild says:

    Mr Hague seems to be remarkably generous with other peoples money.

    That funny little man Sarkozy only had water and orange juice in France when he was President .

    That Mr Hollande has started the drinks again. He is a Socialist.

  28. 28
    Neo Rupert says:

    Guido make the mistake of too much flash, don’t work that well on Older Computers.

  29. 29
    genghiz the kahn says:

    How does the US introduce Gun Control?

    Obama can’t amend the Constitution – Congress can, but then only with the consent of 3/4 of the states.

    Perhaps ownership of automatic guns isn’t quite part of a well regulated militia, so he might have to rely on a new interpretation of The Second Amendment by The Supreme Court.

    Obama might want change to come to America, but he is somewhat hamstrung on this. The trouble is that the 24 hour media don’t realise it.

  30. 30
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Indeed, LC – and if it wasn’t for Hague’s nasty, destructive predecessor, he could have shown guests around a magnificent library, too:

  31. 31
    Anonymous says:

    Ivor Biggun says:
    December 18, 2012 at 12:05 pm
    Those will be the current values of those wines – I’m no fan of government largesse, but I do know that HMG buys up wines as they become available and holds on to them, hence spends less than the wines are currently worth.

    Seconded. Clubland and Oxbridge colleges do the same.

  32. 32
    20 dead children says:

    Agreed. Assault rifles that fire 30-rounds in one trigger are essential.

  33. 33
    Peter Hitchen's Almanac of Wacky Theories says:

    You miss the point….it’s NOT about gaining seats at Westminster..but about the 2014 European Elections and maintaining the pressure on “Mr Slippery”

  34. 34
    Socialism is a severe mental illness says:

    “To avoid going bust, employers are to be allowed to lay off staff” shock horror. And that’s ‘draconian’ how, exactly?

    You fucking muppet.

  35. 35
    SpAd says:

    Draconian? Six and a half week’s notice? Get a grip.

  36. 36
    Gun nuts says:

    The Second Amendment is already interpreted by the fact that citizens aren’t allowed all arms that are available, otherwise they’d be able to buy stinger missiles and grenade launchers at Wal-Mart. But Congress, both Democrat and Republican, do what the gun lobby want and they want military grade automatic weapons to be available to everyone because, somehow, the ability to empty 30 rounds into someone in 3 seconds is a right.

  37. 37
    sebco says:

    Leave my little Willy alone!

  38. 38
    The US President may thinks he's powerful but on this he's powerless says:

    The BBC actually thinks they can influence US Congress ….Obama is powerless to introduce Gun Control……the US Supreme Court as recently as last year ruled that the 2nd Amendment did not just cover “formed militias” as those opposed to every US Citizen having the”right to bear arms” were arguing but the individual citizen….Republicans in Congress will never pass an amendment and neither will the various states particularly in the South. It’s just NOT gonna happen however many “Columbines” Shoot outs we see in the future

  39. 39
    lickspittle watch says:

    The original intention of firearm ownership by the citizenship was to protect the individual from governments that had got too big for their boots. Too fucking late now!

  40. 40
    treat the people as adults not infants says:


  41. 41
    Anonymous says:

    Warre 77 is jolly nice btw

  42. 42
    Mr BumBum says:

    Dave’s got 30 months notice

  43. 43
    Egon Ronay ate my Donkey says:

    Since we’re all in it together, I’ll have a glass of Chateau Lafite, please and could Mr Hague make sure it gets here in time for Christmas.

  44. 44
    next says:

    why not serve them Blue Nun?

  45. 45
    Pundit too too says:

    Even so these prices are way too high so possibly priced to make a decent profit. Cheval Blanc 85 varies has an international average of £344 – and all the others you could knock off 20% and even the Warre 77 sells for £50.
    Mark up? What mark up?

  46. 46
    Eight pints of fine yorkshire ale says:

  47. 47
    Bluto says:

    I think this is more about balance than polarised extremes. Don’t forget this is supposed to be an age of austerity where we are “all in it together”. Plenty of very good wines that don’t cost £100 a bottle and are not Blue Nun!

  48. 48
    Pundit too too says:

    Interesting that in studying the statistics USA gun sales go up when Democrats get into power.
    The fear factor on gun control by them. and the rises in crime during their tenure generally trigger this.
    Having said this the general sale of military level automatic weapons is a step too far, so Obama could bring this in but at a price.

  49. 49
    20 dead children says:

    Shame we won’t be able to become adults.

  50. 50
    BBC Bring Back Communism says:

    We always try to influence western foreign government decisions by providing biased and one-dimensional news to their citizens.

  51. 51
    Pundit Too. says:

    Anyone who has toured and dined in the Foreign Office cannot but be immensely impressed by its splendour in the banqueting area.
    This is of course intentional to suitably impress dictators and potentates used to their over the top palaces; so to serve plonk wine is not in their agenda.

  52. 52
    David Cameron's Mum says:

    That’s not what my boy means when he talks about a minimum price for alcohol…

  53. 53

    William Hague after 14 pints this afternoon

  54. 54
    NBeale says:

    Certainly HMG should be able to entertain foreign visitors with fine wines. This is how we develop business. Complaining about this is ridiculous!

  55. 55
    Brutalist Archetype says:

    They are almost all illegal, the only fuly automatic weapons which one can own in the USA (excluding permit holding dealers and law enforcement) are those which were in curculation prior to the ban in the 80’s and they require a permit from the Feds and cost a bloody fortune.

    The term automatic as used by the MSM would more accurately be described as semi automatic, the action is automatic, ejecting the spent case, loading the next bullet and cocking the gun as part of the firing sequence, but each round fired requires the trigger to be pulled.

  56. 56
    yeah, right... says:

    Let them eat cake!

  57. 57
    Enemy of the State says:

    Good for him. Anyone who appreciates fine wine cannot be all bad! Cheers!!

  58. 58
    Ex-Wine Trade says:

    £87 for Warre’s 77. Certainly not the current price – £87 per glass perhaps.

  59. 59
    Anonymous says:

    If there had been somebody armed in the vicinity of the gunboy, he would have been toast.

  60. 60
    hohum says:

    Many, many many years ago I dined in the Foreign Office as a guest of an official. Meat pie and 2 veg and a bowl of apple pie and custard in the basement canteen, 4/6d all in. Those were the days my friend. No wine on the menu back then.

  61. 61
    politicians and the crosses they bear says:

    Hey look, YOU are all in this together, you plebs need to understand that your leaders hate having to live the high life quaffing the finest bubbly and wines available to humanity and chowing down on the finest foods your money can buy. They make these sacrifices on your behalf, what would you have our leaders eat and drink, pot noodles and Tizer?

    You plebs just need to get it through your thick dunce heads that the grandeur of state doesnt just happen, its has to be cultivated and refined and that costs lots of your money, its a small price for you plebs to pay to see your leaders look good in front of other leaders. Your elite leaders simply hate enduring the high life, they suffer this for all of you plebs, now shut your moaning and be grateful.

  62. 62
    Dr Evil says:

    My guests will get a glass of Hardys stamp of Australia Chardonnay, £4.99 or two bottles for £9 and as good as any expensive plonk. I have had wine at £130 plus a bottle and I couldn’t tell it was so expensive. I reckon all this nose business and eldeflower nuances is just bollocks.

  63. 63
    Living in 96.98 percent white Merseyside says:

    But aren’t other issues like gay marriage and immigration pushing the EU down the list. This is according to a survey yesterday taken amongst The Faithful, or what’s left of them.

  64. 64
    Gladiatrix says:

    I think the headline should say ‘Vintner’ rather than Vinter, and as a British subject I would be mortified if I heard that MY Foreign Secretary was serving cheap and bad wine while representing me.

  65. 65
    Hague is a great foreign secretary says:

    Come of it…Hague is a fine Foreign Secretary and there are times when it iis in This country’s interest to wine and dine the great and good of the world in style.Peanut money ( or if Milliaband was still FS bananas) compared to seeing some of those African Presidents arrive to stay at Claridges in last night’s BBC programme…now if our foreign aid is paying for that, that really is something which should raise the hackles .

  66. 66
    Dougie says:

    As someone with a bottle of Dows 1977 in my cellar (alright, under the stairs) I certainly hope it’s worth a similar amount to the Warre 1977. But I paid a lot less for it when I bought it and, of course, the FCO paid a lot less for all its wines than today’s retail figures quoted by Guido.

    Anyone looking for a scandal at the FCO would be better advised to look at Miliband Major’s philistine sell-off and dispersal of the historic contents of the FCO library.

  67. 67
    its bleak in sunderland says:

    As one of the faithful I can attest to the fact that sanctifying buggery is not going down well with the troops!

  68. 68
    its bleak in sunderland says:

    Yeah I saw that our African brothers living the high life at the expense of the British Taxpayer as we are about to come a 3 rd world country its time to stop International Aid and start asking for refunds.

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