jamie goode's wine blog: Back to business

Monday, November 19, 2007

Back to business

It's quite hard to adjust to late November London after spring in Kiwi land. The weather here seems miserably cold and it's awfully dark, although I did have a nice nature encounter yesterday - a hawk flew up from the ground just five feet in front of me, carrying a mouse. It alighted on a branch close by and then devoured the unlucky rodent. A beautiful bird, it seemed quite out of place in our urban setting.

The week ahead is a relatively quiet one. Tomorrow there's a masterclass on 'Brettanomyces: friend or foe' by Matt Thomson, and then on Thursday evening I'm doing a seminar for Women in wine on alcohol levels.

Then on Friday we're off for a family weekend away in the country, to celebrate a significant birthday for myself and my twin sister. Being a twin is odd: you have to share a space that most people have to themselves. And if you are both different sexes, is there an influence from your sex hormones on the other twin and vice versa? This could have all sorts of developmental effects, particularly with regards to brain development.


At 6:36 PM, Blogger Paul Tudor said...

I am not a winemaker (obviously), but I would have thought placing Brettanomyces into either of those two categories was a fallacy!

Brettanomyces is surely an acquaintance, rather than something you need to have a special relationship with?


At 8:14 PM, Anonymous keith prothero said...

Happy 40th Birthday Jamie!!! And thanks very much for your really entertaining and informative travel tales.
I love NZ,and it must be quite a culture shock to get back to the glories of Feltham in the winter!!

At 10:32 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Paul, that's correct - will be interesting to see what Matt has to say

Keith, it is a real culture shock. There are some places (e.g. adelaide, melbourne, perth, most of NZ) where I'd seriously consider relocating (for a few years at least)

I should add that the thursday event is one that I'm doing as a freebie because its for cahrriddy

At 12:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jamie, Many Congratulations to you & your sister on your 40th joint birthday. Please pass on regards to her, hope you all are well.Just had mine 2 weeks ago!! Age creeps up on you, mind you Phil got there before us Ha Ha!!
You awakened a wine interest in me now. Cheers, Catch you soon, Lee.

At 10:55 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

if anyone wants a copy of the WOW presentation, drop me an email.


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