New Year Resolutions for Wine Lovers


By now the scramble to write objectives, goals and new year resolutions should have died down. Also, Dry January has been and gone thank goodness, so how about some guidance for wine lovers who are looking for ways to maybe drink less, but also broaden their wine horizons? Here’s four goals that can help and … Continue reading New Year Resolutions for Wine Lovers

What to drink with What this Christmas!


Dry December: What to drink with What? Foodies looking for inspiration about wine matching to their latest culinary creation are reading the wrong blog, but bear with me because you might find something interesting. Sir Roger Scruton is my favourite living philosopher and one of his books, "I Drink Therefore I Am", is a great … Continue reading What to drink with What this Christmas!

Dry December: The best EVER wine festival?


Fete de L’Escargot, (Dordogne), Fete de La Moule (Boulogne), Fete de L’Huitre (Arachon) are all annual festivals in France symbolic of their culture and gastronomy involving snails, mussels and oysters respectively. There are many others across the summer months "honouring" French cheese and ..... strangely ...... paella in the Languedoc. Then of course there are … Continue reading Dry December: The best EVER wine festival?

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