Working for free
One of the balancing acts you play is a freelancer is between the gigs you do for free versus the paying gigs. I had a busy day today, none of which directly earned me any money. That's OK - I can choose to accept or decline invitations. No one forces me. It's a balancing act.
This morning I was tasting at WSET for Wine and Spirit magazine. It was a tasting of 56 Carmeneres and 28 Pinot Noirs from Chile, organized by Jane Parkinson, one of the team at the Wines of Chile Awards in Santiago. Other journalists attended, including Beverley Blanning who was also one of the WOCA team. So a bit of a reunion. Tasting 84 wines conscientiously is quite hard work, and it took until after 2pm.
Then I trogged off to Flat White, a Kiwi coffee shop in Soho to meet with fellow wine blogger Robert McIntosh, who is busy organizing a European wine bloggers conference for the end of August. We had an interesting discussion, and the Flat White is a very fine coffee experience.
I had a short while after this to finish my presentation for this evening's talk at the Science Museum's Smith Centre, which was a wine tasting combined with a presentation on wine science. A really interesting group of patrons were present (if I had some money spare I'd love to give some to the science museum, who do some excellent work), and the evening went very well. The wines I poured, each designed to fit with a wine science theme, were as follows:
- 1 Green Point ZD 2002 Australia, Sparkling Wine
- 2. Leitz Rudesheimer Drachenstein Riesling Kabinett 2006 Rheingau, Germany
- 3. Villa Maria Private Bin Riesling 2007 Marlborough, New Zealand
- 4. Huet Le Clos du Bourg 2004 Vouvray, Loire, France
- 5. Château Maris Vieilles Vignes 2005/06 Minervois Cru La Livinière , South of France
- 6 Chateau Musar 2000 Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
- 7. Clos de Los Siete 2006 Mendoza, Argentina
- 8. Yellow Tail Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 SE Australia
Yes, they're all from Waitrose, but this is just because I had to select from a single retailer, and they had some very good options. The Musar was the most popular! It was a really enjoyable evening - I'm quite lucky that standing in front of a group of people doesn't worry me, and I enjoy the evening just as much as if I was a punter. So I think this is something I shall do more of. Pictured is a set of ivory anatomical figures dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries, currently on display at the Smith Centre.