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

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