Last week I went down to an exceptionally trendy cinema in Shoreditch in East London to go hear what the Bordeaux Wine Council had to say for themselves about the year ahead. Nervous though I was about sitting through a 3 hour presentation it was remarkably well done, flowed well, and had enough pictures and … Continue reading What is affordable? – Bordeaux Wines release
When it comes to school grades, there's a big difference between the US and the UK. I first realised this when I was doing my masters with an American lad called Reed. Lovely guy, very hard worker, and someone who really cared about nailing every piece of work he did. Fist bit of coursework we … Continue reading How Do U.S. High School Kids Cope? – Wine Scoring
I met Clara a few years back at a tasting and I was just starting out with the blogging stuff. I was probably sat in a corner feeling a bit lonely and she must have took pity on me and come over and said hello. Before I knew it I’d been invited down to a … Continue reading Wine List School 101 with Clara Rubin
When you wander into a wine shop these days and you’re after a Merlot or a Chardonnay or something like that, you take it for granted that what’s in the bottle is actually what’s on the label. Years of study at research labs, and in the vineyards, have left most growers in no doubt as … Continue reading I have no idea what I’m growing, and I love it – Field blends
Few weeks back we had the Wines of Portugal trade tasting here in London. Yours truly got asked very kindly to do a bit of tasting and judging on behalf of the organisers. Myself and fellow UK wine-o’s Helena Nicklin (The Winebird) and David Kermode (Mr Vinosaurus) floated around from table to table and tasted … Continue reading Wines of Portugal – So Much Better Than “Value For Money”
When I started doing a blog and I started getting invited to trade tastings I remember being a bit floored by some of the cynicism and jadedness of some of the proper wine journalists. I was coming out of nearly 10 years of office work that didn't suit me and that on the whole I … Continue reading Restoring My Faith – Paso Primero, Somontano
Absolutely no idea what that means? Not a problem. I know it needs a bit of explaining. Long story short for the intro, it’s about how many days off a week you have from booze. Studies suggest that even taking 2 days off a week, consistently, can give your liver a fair crack at recovery. … Continue reading Can You Work In The Wine Trade On A 5:2?