Aesthetics ….. It’s not about the wine!


Any visit to a vineyard or winery should focus on a LOT more than sniffing, slurping and buying a few bottles! I'm well known for my oft repeated phrase “it's not about the wine”, a phrase I borrowed and changed from the disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong …. “It's not about the bike”. In his autobiography … Continue reading Aesthetics ….. It’s not about the wine!

Wines 101: #8 Cullen, Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot


Continuing our Wines 101 exploration of Australia our next purchase was a Cullen, Margaret River, Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot, 2016. Our previous post described the Margaret River area so we won’t repeat it here. The bottle was opened at an evening tasting with friends at our home in The Cotswolds, we had a charcuterie table spread of … Continue reading Wines 101: #8 Cullen, Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot

How to REALLY pair wine with food?


Would you drink a glass of Sauvignon Blanc while eating an orange? Or while eating salted chips? These two questions arose as I was reading a few extracts from the book This is Not a Wine Guide, by Chris Morrison which describes some wine-food pairings on the basis of things like Acid + Acid, Acid … Continue reading How to REALLY pair wine with food?

Mindful reflections on wine tasting and judging


Sitting in my own “wine room” at home this morning I started to reflect on the hectic couple of days travelling to and from Manchester as a wine judge for the People’s Choice Wine Awards, when who should appear but Buddha himself. “Good grief Sid, you shouldn’t just appear like that, it’s a bit more … Continue reading Mindful reflections on wine tasting and judging

Postcard from Alsace: More than a wine region!


Alsace is a region of France situated on the German border with place names and wine/grape names that sound very Germanic .... Gewurtztraminer, Turckheim, Riquewhir, Kaysersberg .... but Alsace has NEVER been part of Germany, though it has been occupied during times of war or political seizure. It is a region with fantastic food and … Continue reading Postcard from Alsace: More than a wine region!