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 … More Some Weeks Are Better Than Others
It’s a bit of a funny time to be British. On the international scene we’re being treated a bit like Uncle Knobhead, you know the one that turns up to all the family gatherings, but everyone’s always a bit tentative about how they’ll act and what they’ll say to upset everyone this time. So we … More Something To Smile About For The Brits
One of my biggest pet hates, ever since I was a kid, is people who drink and drive. Look I know some people grew up in a different time, or out in the countryside and everyone did it…bla bla bla. But no, sod that, still not an excuse boys and girls. Just get yourself a … More Cheers to the Designated Drivers
Just read a great bit of news for English in the European Supermarket Magazine. Waitrose, one of the UK’s leading (and one of the fanciest) supermarkets is getting stuck into the export business and sending sparkling wines from England all the way over to the other side of the world and letting them loose on … More English Wine Is Heading For China!
It’s been a lot of fun recently as the guys and girls from the Bordeaux Wines UK team have been in touch and inviting me down to a few of their gigs. It works really well for me as I work with Bordeaux wines for my job, and all these do’s that the CIVB (Bordeaux … More Blending Party With Boys & Girls From Bordeaux
I’m sat here in the shop at Pichon Baron in Pauillac, stealing their WiFi, as my Primuer week comes to an end. Primeur week is where wine-o’s come from all the way around the world to try the most recent vintage (2016) of wines from Bordeaux. The week has a lot of critics, because the … More As Primeurs Week Comes To An End…
Back in my old life in finance there was a “thing” called the black box. This has nothing to do with the recording devices on planes. This is an idea generator that secretive hedge funds would use. It’s the way they processed the info around them and then came out with trade ideas, but no … More Black Box Pricing Stuffs Up Chateaux