Le Vin C’est Pas Sorcier

In my quest to become as French as a pasty Northerner possibly can, and buoyed by starting a summer course at the Alliance Française in London, I decided to try and combine two of my favourite things: learning French, and learning about wine. My recent trip to un caviste in Avignon made me realise that, while... Continue Reading →

WSET Episode 2: Attack of the Rhônes

The past three weeks have been pretty wine-heavy, from the trip to Avignon and inevitable summer wedding events and interspersed with studying for WSET Level 2. After enjoying my day at Leiths so much in February, I had almost immediately booked on Level 2 as the metaphorical ink had dried on this blog post.  While I loved... Continue Reading →

In the Footsteps of the (Chateauneuf du) Papes

When I began writing this, Joe and I were resuming a solid form after almost melting in mid-30 degree heat for two days in Avignon. Structural integrity and rapidly escalating temperatures aside, it was a refreshing break that brought a new appreciation of wine, fresh croissants, and air conditioning. We took the Eurostar direct summer... Continue Reading →

Côtes de Provence on the edge of Lewisham

Reading any wine-related social media post or drinks column, it's obvious rosé has exploded this year. Joining the realms of Aperol Spritz, Pimms and towering crisp lagers as the quintessential summer drinks, it'll be permeating every barbeque and summer party until the temperature drops low enough to render outdoor events after 8pm unfeasible. I've often... Continue Reading →

La Cité du Vin est arrivée à Londres

It will come as no surprise that I love France and most of its exports. The language, the food, the countryside and the wine. This week, while unfortunately coming a not-very-close second in the Winerist writing competition, I did manage to win a tasting for two at Bordeaux Wines' pop up bar in Finsbury Avenue... Continue Reading →

Meeting the In-Laws and Other Reasons to Drink

June arrived this week, and if you listened carefully you could hear a universal declaration of "well, it's summer now" rippling around every office in the vicinity. It's a statement of intent to organise outdoor parties, picnics, and steadfastly barbecuing whether or not the forecast changes from 26 degree sunshine to humid thunderstorms in the... Continue Reading →

Drinking Outside the Box

This week's blog features a special guest appearance from one of the world's greatest humans, my friend Divya. As a wonderful person, and the only woman I've met with the same capacity for Malbec as I, she was the perfect choice to accompany me on this tasting. For my birthday a couple of months ago,... Continue Reading →

That Was The Week That Was

This past week will go down as a pretty mixed one. After leaving the beautiful city of Vienna on Monday afternoon, I returned home to news of a persistent pipe leak which, in summary, has been a Right Ballache to fix properly. Dripping overflows and faulty ballcocks aside, the week in wine was actually pretty... Continue Reading →

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