April 3, 2020

Planning a drive up the Pacific Coast Highway? Here is my small, but perfectly formed, tried and tested address book for places to add to your itinerary.  


My biggest bit of advice? Don’t rush it. 

- Allow at least 3 days to drive from LA t...

March 27, 2020

You know those recipes that are inextricably linked to childhood memories and take on a kind of mythical status in a family? Well this is one. It's based on the Crab Ramekins of the Seaview Hotel, a boaty, yachtie little hotel in the equally boaty, yachtie town of Seav...

February 12, 2020

Is there one particular wine that made you fall in love…  with wine I mean?

Often people who love wine will have one particular epiphany moment they remember and it can be fun to ask people about theirs.

A good topic of conversation in fact if you ever find yourself...

February 6, 2020

It's no surprise that women have often been blamed for troubles faced by the 'body politic'. This is the story of Paculla Annia, and her Bacchic cult that came to threaten the very fabric of Roman patriarchal society....

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



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

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