Biodynamic wine : August 2022
“I’m detecting aromas of blackberry, vanilla…. and cow horn!” Ok, you may not actually detect ‘cow horn’ aromas in your glass of wine but cow horn is an essential part...Read more
Tapas and a taste of Spain : July 2022
I love tapas; small plates packed full of flavour, texture, colour and character. One moment you’re tasting sea salt fresh anchovies, the next spiced sausage before moving on to creamy...Read more
The language of wine June 2022
Wine writers, critics and tasters love metaphors, and I am no exception! I love translating what I smell into words and describing the texture, flavours and character of the wine....Read more
August 2021: A Challenging Pairing!
When selecting a wine, I consider the weight of the food and find a similarly weighted wine. The key is to find balance; the wine shouldn’t dominate the food or vice versa. The wines tannin, acidity and alcohol should play a supporting role to the food and the wine act as a canvas for the ingredients of the dish. There were so many flavours in this dish to consider! Should I select a juicy fruit bomb of a wine? No, this would have been heavy handed, the juicy berry fruit drowning out the herbs. Perhaps a rose? No, a rose would get lost with the rich tannin and texture of the lamb.Read more
June 2021: Picnic Wine!
Salads, quiche, antipasti, a rug and sunshine – it’s picnic season! Time to dine alfresco, enjoy the warmer weather with a picnic and a glass of wine. Here are a few wine related essentials that will make their way into my picnic basket in the coming weeks.Read more
January 2021: The Hills Are Alive!
Mountain wine conjures up scenes from Heidi or The Sound of Music – a beautiful mountain, clean air, alpine and edelweiss. Life on the mountain slope is hard. The steep vineyards, high altitude and thin soils pose a physical challenge to growers. Vines cling to the rocky ground, pushing roots deep into the available soil to establish themselves, finding pockets of moisture and nutrients. The tough growing conditions produce racy, lean wines well deserving of the wine awards and medals they win.Read more
May 2021: An English Country Garden
A client asked me to create an English food and wine tasting for her birthday. I was a little skeptical; I worried a line up of ‘plain Jane’ wine from...Read more
April 2021: Lamb and Wine at Easter Time
For tender, delicate Spring lamb served rare, I recommend pairing with a young, light to medium bodied Pinot Noir. Bright cherry and fresh berry fruit, a subtle touch of oak and hint of spice. The tannic structure will be gentle and not dominate the palate. I recommend Domaine de Valmoissine Pinot Noir 2017, Louis Latour from Majestic Wine at £11.99.Read more