Tributes have poured in for wine and political writer Simon Hoggart, a previous contributor to Decanter, who has died aged 67 after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer.
magazine, Hoggart wrote of the description of wine drinking inside the UK Parliament. He evoked halcyon days in the 1960s when 'MPs, staff and journalists could buy a glass of Latour for six shillings, the equivalent of 30 pence'. That all changed when the cellar was sold off to balance the books soon after. 'Latour is no longer available. nor is Margaux or Haut-Brion or Domaine de la Romanee-Conti,' he wrote. Subdue, MPs were subdue on to a excellent thing compared to the outside world. 'If your local MP ever does take you to the Commons for a meal you are liable to be impressed, not least by the prices,' he wrote. 'Parliament pays no rent or property taxes, nor do diners contribute to the lifestyle of a
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