Not to be one always looking back, whenever I start a new year I try and think about all the great times of last year and it helps me get really up for all the challenges and possibilites for 2020.
So whilst most of you are doing Dry January or something equally as healthy to overcome the post-Christmas and New Year booze/chocolate/meat comas, I thought I’d start the year with a quick recap of the wines that meant a lot to me in 2019…
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 that far!
It’s finally time to reveal the winner of the Lazenne WineCheck competition. It took us a while to organize a good time to deliver, but now he’s got them we can reveal that the winner was Andrea Briccarello from London. To quote Monty Python; You lucky, lucky bastard! (only kidding)
A friend of mine in Italy is a young winemaker called Ale. He’s 20 (or is it 21?) so is still very much a newbie in the world of winemaking, but has been churning out some of the best Barbera (Piemontese red wine grape) I’ve tried for a long time. But, being a young man, he’s always trying to push his boundaries, and at the minute it’s all about making a traditional method sparkling wine. It’s not an easy technique to master, so when I was round the other evening we had a taste of a couple, and he asked me what I thought.
Whilst we’re in the season of Piemonte, with the competition and everything, I thought I’d continue with a kind of Piemonte 101. As we heard from last time, Piemonte’s up in the North West of Italy, in that little bit in between France, Switzerland, and the sea. Directly translated to “the foot of the mountains” it’s where the alps calm down a bit and the hills start.
When you think about Italian wines loads of people think about things like Chianti, Prosecco, and Pinot Grigio. And why wouldn’t you? We all walk into wine aisles and see the shelves rammed full of those three. But what do you do when you want to start exploring Italian wines a bit more? Where do you start?
Given that I’ve had my head down the last few weeks doing Jury Service, I haven’t had the time or mental energy to do anything other than help deliver the Queen’s justice! So here’s me thinking about what I’m going to write about this week…
Ok guys and girls, you really REALLY want to read this post! As I mentioned in a pre cursor last week, I’ve teamed up with Valeire from the Girls Gotta Drink blog, and the team behind Lazenne wine luggage to offer an incredible wine giveaway. This week’s post gives the overview of the set up, what there is to win, and how you enter. Honestly, there’s a bag full of amazing (and free!!) wine for the winner. Get stuck in!
Anyone fancy winning some free wine??? Thought that’d get your attention! Coming up is an intro to a competition I’m going to be running with a couple of other guys and girls to win some fantastic wines from Piemonte.
I didn’t ever fall in love with the idea of wine by drinking an amazing glass of anything. I didn’t have a mate who had an amazing collection that they wanted to share the love with. I got into wine by going out on holiday to Piemonte in Italy and spending time in an insanely beautiful area with the winemakers who live there. The passion and feeling of what they do with their days is absolutely infectious. As knobby as that sounds, it worked for me!