Sauvignon Blanc: The English Country Garden

After the inevitable rain shower, the aromas of an English country garden really come alive. You breathe in the scent of freshly cut grass, the damp ferns, the asparagus in the vegetable patch and that wet stone path framed gracefully by elderflower bushes. A faint...

The C word! Pammy & Jen do Chardonnay.

Do you remember how at school there were always about 15 people in your year with the same first name? The parents must have thought they were being quite original at the time, but there was clearly some subliminal advertising going on somewhere. In my year, it was...

I love Merlot in the springtime…♫♪

I love MERLOT in the springtime… You can’t go wrong with a bit of easy listening at a party. Stick on a bit of Rat Pack and let the smooth as silk, chocolately tones of Frank Sinatra et al wash over you and your guests. The sound is as familiar and uncomplicated as...

The pulling power of Pinot!

Digiboy made me laugh this week. His friend had called him up in a panic asking which wine he should go for on his hot date. ‘I’m thinking Pinot as it’s trendy’, friend told him. ‘Great’, said DB, ‘So what’s the...

Teach me how to read a wine list!

With another client dinner looming, this was the first question DB (Digiboy) asked me on our very first winebird ‘date’. Over several glasses of red, white & rosé, we tackled this question by first considering: What do you fancy drinking? A gutsy red?...