SWOT SWOT SWOT!

Upon rediscovering this blog, I rediscovered this post. How naive that turned out to be. I am now proud holder of WSET3 (with distinction, as well as the same for 2) and French, Spanish and Italian Wine Scholar qualifications (all with highest honours. Entirely unsurprisingly I got completely hooked on wine education. Level 1 was…

Bojo Nuvo

No, this is not an ode to our highly esteemed Prime Minister. I am talking about Beaujolais Nouveau. Beaujolais is (most traditionally) a red wine from around Lyon in Eastern France. It’s made with the wildly unfashionable Gamay grape and is a generally a fruit forward, easy drinking style. Because of this easy drinking style…

Mulling things over

I have a long history with mulled wine/gluhwein/vin chaud or whatever else warm wine with spices in happens to be called in different cultures/parts of the zeitgeist (my favourite being Glogg, because it’s really nice to say). I’ve used it to accidentally get an astrophysics department at a top university wasted and to choosing a…

On being a wine wanker

On the eve of London Wine Week (yay!) I thought I’d take some time to witter on about wine. Increasingly over the past year or so wine has become my drink. This is both utterly unsurprising, and, given my love of beer and cocktails, completely shocking. There’s a lot of reasons why this is the…

Week Week Prep!

WINE WEEK! It’s time for London Wine Week again! They’ve stopped doing the by location book and replaced it with an app. While this works when you’re on the ground, it’s not so helpful for the obsessive nerds among us who want to plan. As a result of this I have prepared! I’ve put together…

Top 5 Bars – Beer Edition

London is a great place for beer at the moment. There’s plenty of fantastic pubs and loads of amazing breweries. Following on from my “where I like to go for cocktails” is the beer edition. I’m focusing on places that sell different beers, rather than brewery taprooms, which I may include later. Due to being…

Meh!

I’ve just been to a wine tasting. I tried 14 wines. I liked none of them. It wasn’t that any of them was intrinsically bad per se (actually, that’s unfair, one of them really was), they were just all decidedly meh. G-FORCE German wine fair is currently still going on in the basement of a…

City Wine Fair

I went to The City Wine Fair yesterday. Today I am feeling a little rough. Surprising! It was… mixed. There were some excellent wines and some great people who loved talking about wine. There were also some mediocre wine that was massively overpriced and some people who really didn’t care (despite in theory being there…

It’s been a while!

Hello Internet! I’ve not been writing for ages*. Sorry. I shifted from computer programming and data analysis to writing for a living and it made blogging feel too much like work. It also made me a bit miserable, but that’s something I’m now working on. One of the ways I’m working on it is to…

Top 5 Bars – Cocktails Edition

I’ve had a few people ask me recently for suggestions of where my favourite places to drink are. I am far too fickle to have an individual favourite (as depending on which bar I am talking about it’s often my favourite!), but I thought I’d give it a go. Without further ado and in no…

He out-bopped the buzzard and the oriole

Except he didn’t. Oriole was awesome. I’m not sure why I’ve not been to Night Jars little sister before. Night Jar was one of the first of the current wave of London speakeasy-ish bars with lavish drinks. It’s also one of my favourites, and has been pretty much since it opened. Oriole in Smithfields market…

Chateaux-en/Chat Owen

A friend/colleague of mine has a grapevine. In North London. They’re muscat grapes. Last weekend he and I decided to attempt to make wine from them. We got a reasonable crop from them, although if we’d have harvested a week earlier we’d have gotten a whole lot more. A local wood pigeon found them and…