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Dump Dry January for Safe Sex and Moderate Drinking

Is there anything more tedious than a social media post announcing the individual is doing the January Dryathlon (or Dry July). “Hey, everyone, I’m not drinking for the next 31 days…” which means please reply with praise. It’s as bad as the post “Feeling sad…”, which fishes for online sympathy. That’s an automatic unfollow in …

Posted in - Blog Posts & blogging & trends on January 5th 2017 0 Comments

The kingdom of Vinterfell

In the cold northern reaches of England, there is a town that many have travelled through on the east coast mainline but never visited. But as the leaves fall in the autumn of 2016, it is here that the seat of the vinous north has been established: Welcome to Vinterfell.

Having moved to Darlington recently, I have discovered …

Posted in - Blog Posts & blogging & Master of Wine on October 31st 2016 1 Comments

Champagne (and Moscato) for 13 new Masters of Wine

A year ago, I received the phone call saying: ‘you’ve passed your Research Paper and I’m delighted to welcome you to the Institute of Masters of Wine’ or something like that. It was lost in a blur of wet eyes, fist pumping and hysterical laughing.

Today, 13 new Masters of Wine in eight different countries …

Posted in - Bollinger & Master of Wine & wine on September 6th 2016 0 Comments

The life and wines of Laure Colombo

My first meeting with Laure Colombo is in a North Yorkshire pub. I order a pint, she drinks tea and tries to stifle a yawn. It’s 5 o’clock in the afternoon and she has just woken up.

Over the course of our pub meeting, the story behind her fatigue unfurls: it was her birthday party …

Posted in - Rhone Valley & Syrah on August 11th 2016 0 Comments

The wines of Lanzarote require Ironman effort

The first-ever wine press event I attended was a Canary Islands tasting. I was on a two-week work experience stint and was pea green. The editor of Harpers thought he’d sent me to a Spanish tasting – well I suppose it was; I turn up and there’s a load of winemakers from Tenerife and Lanzarote. …

Posted in - Blog Posts on May 18th 2016 0 Comments