Some Weeks Are Better Than Others

20h33, Social Media, Uncategorized, Wine Industry, WSET


That constant niggle of whether I’m doing the right thing by trying to ram my way into the wine industry never wants to go away. I grew up as an introverted maths geek, became a reluctant finance geek, and then a very angry young man working in an office somewhere in London. I don’t miss those days one little bit, but sometimes I’m constantly battling with myself about whether this wine thing will work out, and if I’m actually any good at it. Well, some weeks are better than others…

Twitter Take Over – It’s Bordeaux Time!!

20h33, France, Social Media, Uncategorized



Following on from my first live tweet up session last week with the Villa Maria guys and girls, I’m back worryingly quickly to do it all again! I’m going to do a take over of the twitter feed for the CIVB’s UK account. The CIVB are the marketing body for the wines of Bordeaux, and they’ve got a big old job on their hands! 

Tweet Up Sessions

New Zealand, Social Media, Uncategorized


Next Thursday night I’ll be taking part in a big tweet up wine tasting session for Villa Maria, the New Zealand wine company. They’re launching the new vintages of their upmarket Cellar Selection range, a classic kiwi Sauvignon Blanc, and the other classic kiwi Pinot Noir. Kiwi Pinot Noir is a particular favourite of mine, so I’m really chuffed to be part of this. But what actually is a Tweet Up Session?

Getting Stuck In The Middle Of Twitter Battles

Social Media


When I started off doing the blog I’d never even touched Twitter or Instagram or anything of that before. As I mentioned yesterday I had a rather shitty profile on LinkedIn that I wasn’t doing much with, and obviously I had a Facebook account, but again rarely checked it. So getting stuck into social media in a bigger way was a bit of an ongoing learning curve.

Most of the time it’s great. You get a few great interactions with people all the way round the world that are into the same things you’re into. You get to e-meet shed loads of people and you get to be involved in the world of (in my case) wine without having to sit in a back office at an importers for 5 years first.

Occasionally though you see the dark side of it all. Last week I was dragged into a twitter hate campaign against one account. I had nothing to do with the argument, but people having a go at this account decided it’d be a great idea to add my @PBMMW to all their posts. If fact it was mine and another couple of accounts that got cc’ed in to all the diatribe. None of us had a clue what it was all about, but our names were being dragged into the argument. What can you do?

A mate of mine who runs a large social media wine thing out in Australia has had issues before. You’re meant to just stick your head down, ignore it, and hope they get bored eventually. But in this case none of it was directed at me or these other two accounts. Why should we have to sit there and ignore a load of bollocks when it’s got nothing to do with us in the first place?

Hey ho, I guess these things happen!



Coming Up This Week On Please Bring Me My Wine

20h33, For The Foodies, Social Media

this week

This week’s more of a techy week and a foodie week than a full on wine week. I guess when you’re writing about wine in the modern world you have to be all over social media as well, and working with wine goes hand in hand with working with food. So it shouldn’t be too far off piste.

“New Wine This Week” Club

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So I was having a think about new year’s resolutions the other day. I don’t usually bother. Most of the things you decide to do are usually all forgotten about by February anyway, but this year I really fancied finding something I had a chance of keeping it all going.

So there I was on Twitter and read up a tweet by Anthony from “Confessions of a Wine Geek”. It was a “what’s anybody doing special wine-wise in the new year?” kind of thing. I thought it’d be cool to have a flick through the lesser known wines, so I replied and said “I’m going to have a brand new wine every week for the rest of the year!”