This week I headed down to Thames for a wine dinner that UK wine agents, Hatch Mansfield, were putting on. Gordon Russell was over from the Esk Valley vineyards in Hawkes Bay in New Zealand. I don’t get lucky enough to drink much wine from there that often, so it was a real treat for … More A nice twist on how to blend a wine from a Kiwi legend
Until a couple of years or so ago I found drinking spirits pretty tough. All of them infact. Whisky, gin, rum, tequila, you name it. I’d drunk them in the student bars and pubs and whinced nearly every time. I just couldn’t work out why you’d do this to yourself?! Funny how things have … More Slowly Getting Into Spirits, Anyone Else Found It Tough?
I was flicking through the “wine” news this morning. One of the big bits of news out of the States this weekend was an auction of the wines of this bloke called Aubrey. He was a big swinger in the energy world who drove his car into a bridge and killed himself, not nice, … More Why Bother Build A Wine Collection?
It’s ok boys and girls, I can walk again now. After the complete body shock of finishing my first ever marathon I think I’m nearly there. As much as both myself and JB trained hard before we did it, you can’t really train for the idea of running 42kms, having the opportunity to … More Sore Legs, Happy Bellies, The Marathon Du Medoc Lives Up To The Hype!
What is it with me and horses? There’s a Peter Kay quote that says “you always feel slightly nervous when patting a horse”, well that’s me to a tee. But weirdly my time in the wine world has got me up close and personal with quite a few now, and my visit to Danebury Vineyards … More Meeting Up With Danebury’s Sparkling Cossack
You need to kind of imagine the scene. I’m in the downstairs room of a wine bar in the fancy part of central London surrounded by Masters Of Wine and the great the good of the UK wine writing scene. We’re tasting our way through 20 vintages of Disznoko Tokaji, one of the most beautiful … More Tokaji Tasting – Not Your Usual Monday Morning!
One of the best ways to get my wines from 20h33 across to people is to get them in a room, crack open a few bottles, and throw some food them. The wine dinners have been really successful, and a great laugh, pretty much from the first one. So I decided it’d be a good … More The Perils Of Finding Restaurants