Archive for 2009

The wine drought is over…..

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

255OMG!! It’s been a big month! Three big things to tell you about and they’re not all about wine (it’ll be a one off I promise)

The first must be obvious as you’ve made it here, welcome to my new website!!

The second is that I have just had my first wine column published, I’m now available in print and online which is très exciting, non! Pick up a copy of The Notebook in Kensington & Chelsea (London), it’s the December issue which came out just this week and I’ll be uploading it to my site soon. ………

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Winter Warmer

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

202Introducing Mrs H:

Now that the heating is on, the winter wardrobe is out and the fridge is stocked with soup I need to seriously start thinking about my wine selection. Since the clocks went back and winter was officially announced the summer spritzers and chilled bottles of rosé are a distant memory; its time to turn my attention to rich reds.

I started this seasonal change when I invited Miss Bouquet and Clarky for dinner to feed their colds. I decided to treat them to some French classics, after the obligatory Champagne aperitif I served Boeuf Bourguignon, which by definition implies copious amounts of red wine. We not only managed to polish off the wine infused meal but several bottles of Miss Bouquet’s finest Bordeaux. Yum. ………

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Finca Flichman Reserva Malbec 2007

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Finca Flichman Malbec Reserve 07Wine: Finca Flichman Reserva Malbec 2007, Mendoza, Argentina

Style: red, full bodied, fruity & seductive

Waitrose (in stores & online:


Dinner party at yours, dinner party at theirs

New Romantics

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There’s wine lovers and there’s wine lovers….

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

italian-wineAlmo popped over last night for a catch up, we met in Paris 10 years ago. She’s seen me through my growing passion for wine and supported me through my hours of study for my wine exams so there was no surprise that she came armed with the obligatory entry fee into my flat. She was a little late, something that comes natural to Almo, in fact I’m so used to it that when she’s on time it fills me with dread that something must be wrong. One reason for her late arrival, she explained was because she didn’t know what bottle to buy “I’ve got to get something she can include in her blog” was her concern.

Almo has long been a fan of Italian wine, I on the other hand inexplicably lack the Italian wine bug and this clash in tastes has bought a tense moment to the table on more than one occasion. I can’t explain it, every time I’ve visited Italy I’ve had a lovely time but when it comes to their wines I just can’t connect (Prossecco Monday’s excluded of course). Montepulciano is indisputably Almo’s favourite, medium bodied, fruity and dry. “Just how you like your men!” I joked. One look at her face, ha, I’d hit gold, turns out a former Italian lover had been key in Almo’s wine discovery, now that’s more than a connection if you ask me! ………

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French Connection Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Monday, October 19th, 2009

FC SR Sauvignon Blanc low resWine: French Connection Special Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2007

White wine, delightfully thirst quenching



Refreshingly zingy, perfect for a glass at home before heading out for a night on the town


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Popolino Rosso 2007

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Popolino Rosso_M&S
Popolino Rosso 2007, Sicily

Style: Red wine, light and fruity

Outlet: Marks & Spencer (in stores and online:


Christmas on a budget, night in


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