My first love in wine is always Piemonte. It’s where, about 15 years ago, I first stood in a vineyard and thought; “this is a bit of alright, isn’t it?” Over the years I’ve made my way through countless bottles of Barbera, Dolcetto, and Arneis, even the occasional Barolo or Barbaresco when the wallet stretched … More The Kids Are Alright
I’ve written a bit about this before, but my friend David’s book about his career as a drinks inventor is going great guns. I thought I’d keep the momentum going by writing a piece about it for The Buyer. David was part of the ideas team behind drinks like Baileys, Ciroc, Tanqueray Ten, and Aqua … More That Shit Will Never Sell
I recently got the invite to head off to Southern France for the 50th anniversary celebrations of Foncalieu Wines, one of the largest co-operative wine makers in the region. I was um-ing and ah-ing about what I’d find to write about over there, but thanks to the immaculately afro’ed Romain, I found my angle…here’s my … More The New Wave Of Co-op wine Making
I was gutted last week to miss out on a trip to Paris to join in the festivities with JB and the rest of the 20h33 team as they celebrated their 6th annual Soirée de degustation. Some great guys and girls were there, and sponsored by Château Samion, Château Jean Faure, and Château Pichon Baron…doubly … More 20h33 Rocks Out Paris!
I think Martini’s Asti must be one of my first ever wine related memories. Not drinking, mind you, but I remember my parents buying a few bottles in the 1980s back when as a brand and as a wine it was flying high. As much as sentiment might have changed over the past few years … More Are You Ready For Martini Time?
Whoops!! Forgot to post one yesterday, so here’s a two for the price of one. Finishing up our International Sherry Week videos, we’ve got Episode 4 on the sweet sherries, and Episode 5 on the easiest Sherry Cocktail imaginable. Enjoy, and get drinking more sherry!!
Time for something big and brown for our International Sherry Week videos. I’m attacking some op drawer Oloroso, and Amelia’s grappling with her Darwinian failure; Amontillado. Keep watching for a top tip from Javier Hidalgo’s mum!