THE BIG FORTIFIED TASTING 2019

The Big Fortfied Tasting launched in 2010 and it’s the only wine tasting of its size that is solely dedicated to fortified wines. It’s not just big; it’s actually the biggest. What’s a fortified wine? A fortified wine is a wine which has had a spirit added to it. Think Port, Muscat, Sherry and Madeira. […]

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GRAYS & FEATHER: UNLOCKING THE KINGDOM OF WINE

I am always thrilled about a new wine bar springing up in London, but there’s something about Grays & Feather in Covent Garden that is even more exciting than most. Self-described as a ‘mischievous wine parlour’, the two-storey venue pricks the senses as soon as you walk in: in your direct eye-line is an elaborate […]

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Bolney Bubbly: Crunchy green apples, tons of citrus (lemons, lime and grapefruit) with an edge of elderflower. Super crisp and dry, pretty mineral too, with lively bubbles! Popped on a windy but sunny beach at Broadstairs on the Kent coast 🏖 Superb gift @danielledufort & @carloscoote! 👌👌👌
It’s this little mutt’s 1st birthday today! She celebrated with a dentastick on the beach while we popped the bubbly. Many happy returns, Luna! 🥳
There’s three girls in this picture... That’s right, my homeslice @ninjaewok has got a bun in the oven of the female kind! As we’ve been best buds since the dawn of time, that cantaloupe in there is going to be like family to me. At least she’ll be able to recognise me by the scent of wine and always know when I’m around - pretty handy when she first comes out into the world like a little blind mole 🤗💗🥂 Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHARLOTTE! 🥳
Friday after work drinks have just improved 100%! I think I’m going to like my new stint at @graysandfeather, a wondrous wine parlour in Covent Garden. This Krone Borealis Cuvée Brut 2017 is a South African sparkling from Tulbagh which G&F says tastes of ‘nougat, white pepper and toast’. The grapes are 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay and it’s made in the same way Champagne is made, known as Method Cap Classique in SA. Really delicious! If you’re a sparkling lover, I urge you to stray from your usuals and try this - it’s available by the glass too. Cheers 🥂
Get into Port! Especially the Tawny stuff. Tawny Port is different to Ruby Port in the way that it is aged - Ruby Port is aged in steel tanks or large old oak vessels, retaining the primary fruit sweetness and colour, whereas Tawny Port is aged in small oak casks, exposing it to gradual oxidation and evaporation, making it lighter in colour and body. I tasted @sandemanporto’s 10, 20, 30 and 40 Years Old Tawny - all intriguing and beautiful in their own unique way. If you want to read more about them, click the blog link in my bio 👌 #thebft2019
Sweets for my sweets, sugar for my honey 🍯 I’m on a fortified wine high after visiting the @big_fortified_tasting for the first time ever today. I tried Montilla, Port and Madeira in that order. See what I thought of the sweet stuff in my new blog - link in bio ☝️✨ #thebft2019
I was at Mama and Papa Longhi’s house this weekend sorting out some old stuff when I came across evidence of my first wine tasting ten years ago at the amazing @greatwesternwine in Bath! It was something I organised for my birthday get together and probably was the thing that lit up my interest and passion for wine! Who knew that ten years later I’d be embarking on a career in the industry? Great Western Wine held such fantastic tastings - look at those bottles too! Love a bit of nostalgia 🙂
Yessss belated birthday presents are the best 🤘Looking forward to drinking this Moscatel Oro with you @ninjaewok when you are a bit less pregnant 😙
Mmm yum! Scallops and black pudding panko balls with pea purée and a crisp, citrusy and minerally Sauvignon Blanc from Chile at @staffordshiregrill - good lunch game 👌👌