We’re on the case with Oddbins…. literally!

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012
Oddbins Wine Bloggers CaseFor an ancient trade like wine, genuine firsts are now few and far between. In the wine headlines lately there’s been the launch of the world’s first paper wine bottle, a failed en primeur campaign for an otherwise good quality vintage – a first for Bordeaux, the rise of the enomatic wine sampling machine and the unstoppable popularity of English wines, something the old-school-wine-boys thought they’d never live to see.
As with so much to do with wine, the level of interest in the above is of course subjective, but I’d like to add my contribution to the list of new wine initiatives by announcing what we believe to be the first wine collaboration of its kind in the UK – the Oddbins Wine Bloggers case. Invited as one of six of Oddbins’ favourite UK wine bloggers (more subjectivity, I know!) we were given free reign to taste our way through their cellar and select our favourite picks for an exclusive twelve bottle case. The result? “Twelve fantastic wines straight from Oddbins’ shelves independently chosen by six of the most talented wine writers in the business.”Ok, so Oddbins wrote that bit…. ………
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I’d love to do that…..

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

To celebrate the offical launch of the inspiring ‘I’d love to do that‘ website today, here’s a little look at what happened when they visited The Thinking Girls Wine Night last month…..

I’d Love To Do That and Miss Bouquet – The thinking girls wine night from Idlovetodothat on Vimeo.

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Wine is a busman’s holiday….

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

I know things are getting a bit much when I make time to have my nails done. It gives me at least an hour to concentrate on sitting still. I spend a lot of that time wondering what my nails are going to look like when I walk out the door. If the state of the beautician’s fingers is anything to go by my hands will have aged a decade and be flaking at the tips.

The distance between painting nails for a living and giving a monkey about your own reminds me of a friend whose dad was a handyman but spent her childhood in a house full of odd jobs that needed doing. There are people that work to live, others that live to work, and then there are the lucky few aboard the ultimate busman’s holiday who rarely distinguish between the two.

Like me. ………

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Sip up and take notice…..

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

I’m just back from Burgundy. I love it there; every time I go it makes me question why I live in London. I don’t know about you but there aren’t many places that make me do that or try to convince everyone I know to visit too.

It’s such a charming region of France: so picturesque, so preserved, so proud, so French, the food, the people, the city of Beaune…. the wine…. You may be wondering why in a wine column I haven’t put wine at the top of the list of things I love about Burgundy. It’s not because I don’t love les vins de Bourgogne, far from it, but take a little step above the ‘entry level’ Bourgogne blanc et rouge and it all starts to get a bit complicated, a bit pricey and it’s no secret that there’s not enough of each wine to go round!

That’s why the other aspects of Burgundy are so important when it comes to discovering the wines of the region. The more time you spend there the more difficult it becomes to quench your thirst with the entry level stuff and the more curious you become of the regions’ other wines. If you’re not following me take a trip to Beaune, pour le weekend, then you’ll know what I mean & you’ll be telling everyone about it too.

I find it similar with wine shops. ………

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Every Wine Tells a Story…. Volume II

Monday, December 5th, 2011

If you’re looking for a last minute stocking filler for the wine drinker lover in your life then look no further than the second volume of Every Wine Tells a Story. A collection of the most memorable, provocative and emotive wines as experienced by 39 international wine lovers, including yours truly!


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The Judgement of Argentina….

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Aguma bottle shotI’ve done a lot of reminiscing over the last few months, turns out it comes with the getting-married territory. From tales told in the Father of the Brides speech to the various stories you’d rather forget but inevitably surface at the Hen! In wine terms if you go back as little as 30 years our wine aisles were a very different story. Compared to the world of choice we take for granted now, the similarities back then are barely recognisable. It was a time when wine was dominated entirely by the Old World; France, Spain, Germany and Bulgaria (strange but true). That’s not to say wine wasn’t being made around the world, the Australians, Californians, Chileans they were all at it, it just wasn’t making it to our shores. Then came The Judgement of Paris. A wine tasting held by a chap called Steven Spurrier an English wine merchant living in Paris that had tasted wines of the ‘New World’ and wanted to bring them to the UK. A story immortalised by a flamboyant but enjoyable film of the event called ‘Bottle Shock’ – it was set to change the way the UK saw and bought wine forever.

I witnessed a similar wine-changing event in September this year, a democratic tasting and Judgement of Argentina at Lord’s cricket ground. ………

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