The New Wave Of Co-op wine Making

France, Uncategorized


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 latest piece in The Buyer about the changing attitudes of Co-op Wineries!

There’s No Such Thing As A Stupid Question…Or Is There?!

Uncategorized, wine tasting


I have this phrase that got told to me when I started my working life. There’s no such thing as a stupid question, unless you ask it twice. I’ve had that in my head for years since, and use it to this day when I’m running wine tastings or tours or whatever. And I stand by it. I want the questions to keep coming. But this week on a press trip to Languedoc, one of the participants at a tasting we were attending did their best at challenging that premise.

#NWTW Week 17: Sunning Grapes in the South of France

France, New Wine This Week, Reds, Whites

week 17 surfers

As a British kid growing up in the 1980s, I’m fairly familiar with the South of France.  I’ve got all these memories of family holidays down at campsites on the coast.  Most of these memories revolve around my poor dad having to drive us from Liverpool to Perpignan via the Dover to Calais crossing.  Three screaming kids in the back.  Kylie Minogue’s latest album on repeat all the way.  Dad, thank you for not losing it!