Lectures, talks, seminars and tastings

I’ve been a freelancer for 40 months now. It has gone better than I’d have anticipated, but I’ll admit that I haven’t done a lot of planning with regard to how I spend my time.

Work comes in (thankfully); I do it. I accept most of it, turning down things that would involve compromising myself or [...]

Off to Vinexpo tomorrow

I’m getting ready to leave for Vinexpo tomorrow. It’s a huge wine fair, held every other year in Bordeaux. It sounds slightly daunting, and it’s my first time there. I won’t be staying long – just one day. I’m moderating a session of climate change in the Napa Valley.

A word on the weather here in [...]

We should be drinking more Port!

End of a long day, completed with a glass of Port. We should drink more Port – it often gets forgotten, or relegated to the end of a long evening or meal.

I opened this bottle last night, watching The Godfather, for the first time since 1999.

It’s Churchill Quinta de Gricha Vintage Port 1999, and it’s [...]

How cork is made

Just posted an illustrated guide to how cork is made, on the main wineanorak site - here. It’s a very attractive substance. Such a shame about the existence of cork taint, and also the fact that cork isn’t totally consistent. But when it’s good, it can help wines age magnificently.

In neck closures – natural cork, technical [...]

Wild Irishman Three Colleens Pinot Noir 2008 Central Otago

Just back from my first game of football in a while, so it’s time for a glass of wine. Tonight’s tipple is a good one – my comfort drinking – Kiwi Pinot Noir. It’s from Central Otago pioneer, and Irish ex-pat, Alan Brady, and it’s from the cool Gibbston subregion. (That’s cool as in thermal, [...]

Video: the vineyards of Burgundy

A short film of celebrity vineyard spotting in Burgundy, much of it focused on the Grand Crus of Vosne Romanee:

At the cricket

Great afternoon and evening. I’d been invited to the 20/20 cricket match that was being held at the Old Deer Park in Richmond, close to where I live, by my buddy Ade of Clear Partners.

Before the cricket, there was a testimonial lunch for Glamorgan batsman Mike Powell, who among his accomplishments scored 299 v Essex [...]

Dinner at Daniel's

Had a nice dinner on Saturday night with colleagues Will Lyons and Joe Wadsack at the home of Daniel Primack of Around Wine. I wouldn’t be so indiscreet as to recount the topics of the lively conversation, but I wanted to post on the excellent wines we enjoyed freshly plucked from Daniel’s well stocked Eurocave.

Cape [...]

blogging the mobile way

Despite having possessed a smartphone for 9 months now, this is the first time I have written a blog post with it.
The reason? It just takes ages. And mobile data connections are annoyingly slow.
I have tried playing with a blackberry, and it’s also slow. Being mobile has its trade-offs.
What about the iPad? I had a [...]

What Alsace could do differently

So, this post is prompted by an exchange on Twitter about the wines of Alsace. The following paragraphs detail my thoughts about what Alsace producers could do to market their wines in a way that’s more relevant to modern consumers.

First, I think it needs to be admitted that there is a problem. The wines of Alsace are [...]