I remember when I started getting interested in wine. This was in the early 1990s, before the internet. A friend had a copy of one of the early editions of Parker’s Wine Buyer’s Guide, which I pored over. The sweet spot for me was the ’86A’ bracket of wines: in those days 86 was a [...]
Most wine writing in wine magazines is boring and formulaic. What does that tell us? A logical conclusion to draw is that if you want to be a successful published wine writer then you need to learn how to write boring, formulaic wine articles, because this is clearly what the market is looking for.
So I’m [...]
A rant. I don’t rant often, but I’m driven to do it today.
As a wine writer, I’m alarmed by the recent trend for other wine writers to behave parasitically by charging wineries to reproduce reviews.
I’m not going to name names, but it’s morally questionable, and I think wineries shouldn’t put up with it.
If I am [...]
John Lambie, who was the manager of Scottish football club Partick Thistle, is credited with one of the most well known sporting quotes. On being informed by his medical team that the Thistle striker was concussed to the extent he couldn’t remember his own name, Lambie replied, ‘Tell him he’s Pele and get him back [...]
So, tonight: good buddy Joe Wadsack makes his debut on the first episode of series 3 of Food and Drink, the BBC’s flagship food/drink programme. We’d been waiting to see this for a long time. It’s an all-new team. The show is hosted by Tom Kerridge after previous host Michel Roux Jr had to leave [...]
So, the final part of my review of the year, in pictures…
July saw a visit to South Africa to take part in the Standard Bank Top 10 Chenin Blanc Challenge. It was a good experience.
Also in July, a trip to Oregon wine country – my second visit, after a six year gap. Some memorable visits: [...]
Continuing the year…
April is the International Wine Challenge, which takes a couple of weeks – it’s a nice time of year.
It was also the Real Wine Fair, which is epic. Carla and Craig of Lammerschoek/Testalonga above.
And here’s the Noble Rotters, Dan Keeling and Mark Andrew. They may be UTD fans, but they’re OK apart from [...]
2014 has been a remarkable year. Here’s my year in review, in pictorial form.
The January tasting season began with the Burgundy 2012 tastings in London. This was a new discovery for me: the amazing white Burgundies of Arnaud Ente. As with any top Burgundies, the chances of (a) being able to afford them and (b) [...]
So cool to see wineanorak featuring on University Challenge last night (a television program on the UK’s BBC). Paxman reading out content from my site! I’ve made it. Distressing to see how little these otherwise incredibly smart people knew about wine, though. The Charente??? Here’s the clip:
It was a sort of Christmas party. It was pretty epic.
Noble Rot founders Mark Andrew and Dan Keeling threw a dinner for some of the people involved in the magazine, and I was thrilled to be invited. We headed to Mission E2, bottles in hand, for some banter, food and blind tasting.
The wines came thick [...]