January 16, 2020

My anti-January theme continues.

Chestnut and Black Truffle risotto (recipe below) with a Barolo from legendary ‘last of the mohicans’ producer Bartolo Mascarello. One of the famous traditionalists of Barolo - he famously scrawled ‘No Barrique, No Berlusconi!’ - two th...

December 9, 2019

WHAT TO BUY THE WINE LOVER IN YOUR LIFE

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My Christmas Gift Guide for Wine Lovers

Christmas gifting is a tricky business. I’m often asked to recommend a wine to buy as a gift for someone, and the truth is, it's a really hard question to answer. It depends on so muc...

November 7, 2019

I can explain. When I saw that Dr Hannah Critchlow, (one of my favourite speakers and writers on Neuroscience) was speaking at New Scientist Live, I knew I'd have to make a day of it. 

So there I found myself, a wine lover, turning up at The Excel Centre on a...

November 7, 2019

Did you know Transylvania means The Land Beyond The Forest? (Trans across - Sylvania Forest land). I can hardly imagine a more atmospheric or intriguing name, and it perfectly suits this rural wilderness full of myth and legend. Rustic villages, horse-drawn carts, stun...

October 31, 2019

Romania. I’m not too proud to admit that before I began looking into it, I couldn't have pointed out Romania properly on a map (other than somewhere in Eastern Europe) and my associations were: Dracula, and Romani Gypsies. Terrible I know. But what are your connotation...

October 7, 2019

In Alsace the gingerbread vibes are strong. Around every corner is a location scout's wet dream for a live-action Disney remake, just waiting to burst into son

October 2, 2019

Wine lovers, let's dream about the perfect wine weekend. What would it be? - Less than 2 hrs by plane from London Heathrow (perhaps on a business route = lots o

August 20, 2019

How do you pick Rosé? 

Perhaps you really want a nice pale-coloured Rosé, but how on earth do you choose off the wine list, when you can’t see the colour? 


Fortunately, winemakers all over the world are responding to the wave of consumer preference for dry, li...

August 13, 2019

The Wine-Dark Sea

This is essentially the post I wish I could've found whilst planning our two week sailing trip: how do I combine the best swimming spots on the most secluded islands, while maximising opportunities for excellent restaurants and wine experiences, withou...

August 13, 2019

Croatia. I'll admit the first thing I think of is not food. Or wine.

But sparkling seas? Yes. Spiny Sea Urchins? In their mutilating millions. (Note to self: pack jelly shoes)

I first travelled to Croatia almost 13 years ago as a uni student on a shoe-string budget....

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