New year “healthier” me!

New year “healthier” me!

The word diet – potentially the most horrible word in the English dictionary. Let’s be honest, most of us hate it! Has anyone ever been ecstatic about being on a diet?  How many of you have already fallen off your ‘New Year New Me’ resolutions because you’ve attempted an unrealistic... View Article

Cheers to 2018

Cheers to 2018

It’s always a sign of getting old when you say things like ‘Can you believe it’s nearly Christmas again, where has 2018 gone’. Well I’m not going to say that, I know exactly where it has gone and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. So start living and do loads... View Article

Christmas wine down

Christmas wine down

I’m back, hope you missed me. The guys in the office thought it was a good idea to get a few new faces to write articles as I was always (wining) whining about having to put an article together with one day’s notice. Well I hope you enjoyed Matt, Chris,... View Article

Winter is coming…

Winter is coming…

Is it really almost winter again?! I don’t know about you but it feels like it was only last week I was sitting in my garden drinking an Orchard Thieves and complaining about how warm it was, how sad! Thankfully winter has more to offer than just cold weather and... View Article

Heineken, the rugby occasion & the hospitality trade

Heineken, the rugby occasion & the hospitality trade

There is an old joke ‘I was watching a fight the other day and a game of rugby broke out’, and that is still some people’s perception of the game. However, the game has never been as professionally run or as popular in the province as it is today and... View Article

Summer 2018 – you have been amazing

Summer 2018 – you have been amazing

In my role as wine development manager with United Wines, I get the opportunity to be creative in designing bespoke wine lists for my clients, developing lists to suit the needs of their individually styled outlets by drawing on our range of both commercial brands, and our exclusive on-trade-specific wine... View Article

I wanna take you to the island

I wanna take you to the island

If you are in search of your next wine adventure, islands are where it’s at! Head off-shore for some slightly off-beat wines that are very much on-the-money. There is something about island living that lends itself to independent thinking and a gentler pace of life that is in true harmony... View Article

The language of wine

The language of wine

Most people say I can only speak two languages, English and Bad. However that’s not totally true, I can also speak wine. It’s a complete language on its own and can often be way too pretentious with some people waffling on a load of nonsense which can give wine tastings... View Article

Beautiful inside and out

Beautiful inside and out

Having studied History of Art as a student and having adored the subject, I was instantly drawn to the new ‘Santa Rita Reserva, National Gallery, limited edition range.’ Holding the beautifully packaged bottles in my hand got me thinking about two things. Firstly, the importance of labelling and secondly, the... View Article

Lay down with me

Lay down with me

One of life’s great myths is that ‘all wine gets better with age’. People often come up to me after tasting, full of excitement about the bottle of wine they found in their granny’s house and they want me to tell them that they should sell it for a fortune... View Article