#IAmWinePop! The Grape Human Experiment

Today I have fabulous news winelover friends! Some of you may know that I’ve been up to some pretty strange antics recently. It’s all in the name of #IAmWinePop and their fantastic competition to win a magical Lazenne wine case and 12 bottles of wine! Wow! The great news is my video has been selected as a finalist. If you can, please check out my … Continue reading #IAmWinePop! The Grape Human Experiment

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Cellers Avgvstvus Forvm: Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

What connects Bob Dylan, the Queen of England and a long-dead Roman Emperor? And no, I’m not talking about their dodgy hairstyles. I’m talking about a small Catalan winery tucked away in a tranquil corner of Penedés which just happens to produce one of the world’s best vinegars. Born of Joan Roca’s dream to make his own wine, Cellers Avgvstvs Forvm began operations in the late … Continue reading Cellers Avgvstvus Forvm: Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

#IAmWinePop: The new app rocking the wine tourism world

If you’ve been on social media recently you may have noticed #IAmWinePop floating around (as well as some awesome wine-related antics, some of which *may* have had something to do with me). The human grape bunch strikes again… #IAmWinePop https://t.co/02wNG9Mk9R @Lazenne_ @WinePopGlobal — BCN Wine Guide (@bcnwinetasting) November 1, 2016 It's All Hallow's Eve! Make sure you keep your #wine safe from the creatures of … Continue reading #IAmWinePop: The new app rocking the wine tourism world

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The Gift of Dionysus: The London Greek Wine Festival 2016

“Yeia mas!” shouts a rather jolly Olly Smith, raising his glass enthusiastically at the little crowd huddled in a white plastic tent in the middle of the festival. For a moment I feel like I’m back in school and a charismatic prefect has broken into the headmistress’s liquor cabinet. We’re reverently gathered for an introduction to “Modern Greek Wines” by a man who’d easily win … Continue reading The Gift of Dionysus: The London Greek Wine Festival 2016

Why English Bubbly is the New Champagne

As a child my summers were filled with ancient thatched cottages and endless golden fields as my sister and I explored every inch of the narrow peninsula we called home on beat-up mountain bikes. Favourite destinations included the river shore with its sandy beach, the bountiful cherry trees and swings of a nearby park, and the spooky church where doomed Tudor queen Anne Boleyn’s heart … Continue reading Why English Bubbly is the New Champagne

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One Forgets Everything With Champagne: Buenos Aires’ Best Wine Fairs

“Take a picture of me with the little girl”, instructs my newfound Argentine friend to her husband. I lean in and clink my glass with hers, wondering exactly how old she thinks I am. Then I realise she’s talking about a portrait on the wall right behind me. In fact, it’s just one of a whole smorgasbord of weird memorabilia and kitsch which covers every … Continue reading One Forgets Everything With Champagne: Buenos Aires’ Best Wine Fairs

Wine Hackaton: Pinot vs Bonarda

Have you ever met a wine hacker? I have. Last week I found myself in a narrow, brightly-lit room in a far-flung corner of the city, rubbing glasses with Argentina’s hippest wine bloggers at the grandiosely-named PinotBonarda Wine Hackaton. Now let me be clear; there were no geeky, unwashed techies in ironic oversized T-shirts here (ok, so maybe one or two, although they may have been … Continue reading Wine Hackaton: Pinot vs Bonarda

Weird and Wonderful Champagne Pairings: It’s National Champagne Day!

“Do you know what Dom Pérignon said after inventing champagne? He called out to his fellow monks, ‘Come quickly! I am tasting the stars.” John Green, The Fault in Our Stars Like many things related to Champagne, the National Day of Champagne itself is hotly debated. Some clamour for the 31st of December which clearly makes no sense as that day’s already pretty packed. Others supposedly … Continue reading Weird and Wonderful Champagne Pairings: It’s National Champagne Day!

Cow horns full of s*** and chamomile sausages: Understanding Biodynamic wines

As the vine leaves turn golden after a bountiful harvest, hundreds of winemakers across the world bury horns stuffed with manure in the ground to ensure the success of the harvest to come. When winter is over they return to unearth the horns and extract the rich organic material which will be sprayed on the soil at an auspicious moment determined by the movements of … Continue reading Cow horns full of s*** and chamomile sausages: Understanding Biodynamic wines

A wine lover’s guide to Carmelo: Part 3 – Tannat, the eligible bachelor

They say that Ulysses, sated with marvels, Wept tears of love at the sight of his Ithaca, Green and humble. Art is that Ithaca Of green eternity, not marvels. Cuentan que Ulises, harto de prodigios, Lloró de amor al divisar su Itaca Verde y humilde. El arte es esa Itaca De verde eternidad, no de prodigios. From “Ars Poetica” by Argentinian poet Jorge Luis Borges … Continue reading A wine lover’s guide to Carmelo: Part 3 – Tannat, the eligible bachelor