When Rob from Jackson & Seddon got in touch to tell me he was in the local area we suddenly thought, hang on, this is the perfect opportunity for a wine tasting in Rutland! With just three weeks to sell tickets and get organised, I am eternally grateful to Rob for his patience with my [...]
Is there a type of writers block where you write several blog posts on passionate wine topics 'with an angle' before scrapping them and starting again? You see, I half gave into the angst on Twitter lately that wine writers don't do enough drafts, don't get proper criticism and they just don't write with an [...]
"Good wine makes good blood..." Do you know what gets me excited? A wine that I taste, mull over, tell friends about and then when I come to research it, there's little to no information about it on the old world wide web. It's usually because that wine has come from an independent retailer who's [...]
"It's the coming together of two words," she replied. "Amare in Italian means to love and then Amaro means bitter, Amarone is the coming together of those two things." And don't we need a little of both to stay balanced in this funny old thing we call life? Perhaps that's why I'm so drawn to Amarone.
Just before I headed to London for my WSET, a friend introduced me to his Alsatian friend Gewurztraminer. He opened it to go with the chocolate death we were scoffing, a fairly self-explanatory pudding. I thought, hang on a second, I would wear this wine it smells so delightful and to taste so refined with [...]
Social Media has been getting a lot of bad press lately but if any of these journalists were any good, they'd be sharing both sides of the story. Yes, there are trolls, perverts, terrorists and I don't know what else on popular sites such as Instagram and Twitter but there's also an option to block [...]
“Unless you are good at guessing, it is not much use being a detective.” Agatha Christie I wish I'd cooked this evening. If I had, it would be my absolute favourite duck dish inspired by Ross' Mum to pair with the beautiful Chateau Montus 2011 I am currently drinking. I've written about the Tannat grape before [...]