WINES OF VENICE

‘The campo – the country – begins on the other side of the Ponte della Libertà’ quotes Javier Marías in his book, Venice, An Interior. This is apparently a saying amongst some Venetians who see their city as something held apart from the rest of the world; something separate and unique. Crossing Mussolini’s two mile […]

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IMBIBE LIVE 2018

Imbibe Live is a drinks industry event for all corners of the trade; for people who work with drinks in any way, shape or form, whether it’s serving them, writing about them, tasting them or buying them. And everyone knows that people who like drink are usually good people, which is probably the reason it’s […]

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SUD DE FRANCE ANNUAL TASTING

I love visiting the South of France and there are three things that never fail to make it a wonderful trip – the weather, the food and the wine. Visiting small local vineyards is always part of it; making an afternoon of it and taking a tasty, inexpensive bottle (or three) back to enjoy with […]

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WSET LEVEL 2 AWARD IN WINES & SPIRITS

Hooray! My WSET 2 course is done and dusted. I’m excited because there’s a qualification at the end of it (I hope!) but a little sad that the learning is over – I was just getting into the swing of things. Learning as an adult is a funny thing. School taught me to have an […]

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LONDON WINE FAIR 2018

There are three days in the calendar that I block out every year, as soon as the dates have been announced. Pity the fool who has a birthday or a wedding during that time (luckily, none of my friends have a birthday around then, and I can always vet any new ones I might make; […]

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LONDON WINE WEEK

London Wine Week, London Wine Fair, English Wine Week (AND some great weather too!) – are there any more reasons to love living in London in the month of May? London Wine Fair is a permanent annual fixture in the diary since I first went three years ago and had a ball trying millions of […]

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TO WSET AND BEYOND!

WSET stands for Wine & Spirit Education Trust and it’s the largest provider of wine, spirits and sake qualifications in the world – a WSET qualification is globally recognised as a mark of professional knowledge. It took me 32 years to find out about it, but once I did, there were about 12 hours in between hearing […]

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