Wine making is full of old school traditions. Some are now on their way out as practicality, time, and – let’s be fair – hygiene have all had their say. But one tradition that remains in the production of some Port wines is grape treading. I’ve always wanted to have a go, and a couple … More Grape Treading
One of the first things you’re told when you’re sat in your lecture room at WSET (wine exam board) HQ, eagerly waiting to tackle Port, is that most people in the UK drink it wrong. I’m not saying that they miss their mouth and tip it down their shirts, or that they stand on their … More Why Do We Mess Port Up In The UK?
Once you start really getting into wine, it’s not enough to just head down to the shops, buy a bottle, and get stuck in. You need to be there, you need to wander round the vineyard and soak it all up. Couple of reasons really, one is that you get to drink the wine with … More Crossing Off The “Wine-o Bucket List” With A Trip To The Douro
Yesterday I wrote a bit about a customer of mine who returned a wine to me as it had turned bad in the bottle before opening. It was much more to do with how I handled someone returning the bottle, so I flippantly mentioned that it was “corked” and that’s where the cork … More Why Does A Wine Turn Bad?
Over the weekend this lady came up to me at my stall and started telling me that a bottle of wine she’d bought from me was off when she opened it. I genuinely didn’t know how to react. She’d bought it three weeks previously, opened it, tried it, thought it was corked, and then … More Have You Ever Returned A Bottle Of Wine?
Entry for MWWC #28: Smile Until about two weeks ago I’d drafted a completely different entry to this month’s Monthly Wine Writers’ Challenge. The topic is “smile”. I’d written some guff about press trips and how amazing it was we get to do them. I’d just arrived back from 3 days in … More Trying To Smile Through This
Any whisky geeks out there, before you say it, I know! It’s like being asked which is your favourite kid, or which is your least favourite football player. It’s an impossible question to answer as it changes on a daily basis. I get that, and I’m sorry for asking such a generic question. But I’ve … More What’s Your Favourite Whisky Moment?