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

Spring into Summer

Spring into Summer

I love this time of year, birds singing in the morning (except Saturday when you really want a lie in), long warm evenings, (there’s a quare stretch in them evenings boy) and summer Sunday afternoons in the garden, well, we have to be optimistic! As the seasons change, so too... View Article

Wine is Love

Wine is Love

Saint Valentine (Italian: San Valentino), officially Saint Valentine of Terni, is a widely recognised third-century Roman Saint,  commemorated on February 14 since the High Middle Ages and associated with a tradition of courtly love. Terni is a city in Umbria, 65 miles from Rome, so there must be some truth... View Article

The Perfect Christmas

The Perfect Christmas

It’s that wonderful time of the year again and we are all rushing around like headless turkeys (boom boom). Calm down, it’ll be grand, the shops won’t run out of food and your local wine merchant won’t run out of drink. However, it does pay to plan away and get... View Article

The 2017 Vintage

The 2017 Vintage

The marketing department are always getting at me about never having this article in on time. The magazine editor tells them this is always the last feature to be finalised. Well I’m happy enough with that, “save the best to last I always say”. Except of course when you are... View Article

Spain

Spain

If you’re just back from Spain and have the holiday blues why not head down to your local wine merchants and pick up a bottle to help you reminisce. So what should I be looking out for when I get to my local wine shop? Firstly you should know something... View Article

WINEXIT

WINEXIT

Ah naw! Not another story about the doom and gloom of Brexit; it’s enough to drive you to drink… exactly my cunning plan (in moderation of course.) Yes it’s true, predications show that Brexit will have a major impact on the price of a bottle of wine. Below are some... View Article

Are there blackcurrants in my wine?

Are there blackcurrants in my wine?

You may think that’s a stupid question; however, I’ve been asked that question numerous times over the past 25 years. Why do certain wines taste of particular fruit flavours? Do they add these fruit flavours whilst making the wine? In a word, no. Wine is made from the juice of... View Article