This site is about my passion for wine
I am a mature WSET Diploma candidate, thinking about a fourth career, and one of the best ways to learn is to write. Vines and wines are a step change, I like to grow things too, and so have a few vines of my own. On occasion I branch off into the realm of spirits, as they are part of the WSET programme, I find their profiles interesting to assess, and broaden one’s sensory library. I read widely, have an extensive reference library, and taste broadly, though I admit to a penchant for wines with age eg 30 year old Sancerre.
Globalisation, offshoring, tax avoidance, subversive undercutting, supplier abuse, loop holes, zero hour contracts, paying below the minimum wage – we need a revolution against the businesses using these practices, be it in book or wine retailing. So, this site is also my contribution to that revolution.
My initial aims are:
- To encourage trading-up to £10-20 bracket for still and £10-30 for sparkling and fortifieds, thinking about alternatives to the best known wines and producers, sourced from independent merchants and retailers, pushing for bottle fermented cava, sekt, cremant, niche champagne and worldwide sparkling.
- To search out, visit and write-up individual producers with, most crucially, dated tasting notes, according to the WSET SAT. I do not score wines, but if I did, rather than use the top 20 points of a 100 point scale, I would prefer an exponential scale, so that perfection can never ever be achieved. I now do not decant (except for the table), but start tasting immediately on opening, commenting on development then, and further into the next day and beyond if warranted – many is the time that nuances or suspicions on day 1 are realised on day 2. For me, this is one of the joys of wine. Of course, Coravin, now justifiable at a more reasonable cost, recently purchased in France (€179 @ 11/19), helps not only in sampling bottle evolution over time, but also in moderating consumption.
- To disseminate interesting industry news, and to write about current issues.
I write so that I can better understand – this site is comprised of my notes and thoughts. I cycle informational posts annually, fixing broken links, and adding new materials as they turn up. I hope that you find this useful too, so if you see any errors or omissions please let me know [firstname.lastname@example.org]. You are free to use any materials from this site, and though I have done my best regarding accuracy, by cross-referencing where necessary, I cannot make any warranty, express or implied, or assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any data or information provided; use of data and information are the sole responsibility of the user.
The page top image is of the steep south-facing vineyards above Piesport, on the left bank of the Mosel, taken by me, in August 2012.
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