A day in the life of ... a reluctant model

In my personal life I have always been the first to shy away from publicity, keeping a low profile on social media and hiding behind others when the cameras are out. How things have changed since setting up Wines With Attitude.

After an audio podcast with e-commerce guru Chloe Thomas late last year, I have now even braved the cameras and feature in the March

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What colour can tell you about wine

When drinking or tasting wine most people focus only on the smell and the taste of it, ignoring what ought to be the first step - looking at the wine's colour and its general appearance. You might think that choosing red, white or rosé is all you need to think about in terms of the colour of wine but in fact the colour can give

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A review of three different wine saving systems



If you've been following my blogs on wine storage , you'll know that too much exposure to air is not good for wine . So what to do when you want just one or two glasses of wine from a bottle? How do you keep wine after you have opened a bottle? After all, with a nod to health advice, we are all keeping an eye

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Matching wine with Christmas desserts

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Tips for matching Christmas food with wine - Part 2

I cover in two separate blog posts

a)  wine suggestions to serve with main courses at Christmas and

b) guidance on wines to serve with starters, brunch dishes and party food typically eaten at Christmas .

There are no hard and fast rules for wine at this time of year as we tend to eat

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Matching wine with Christmas starters


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Tips for matching Christmas food with wine - Part 3

In this blog post I give some suggestions for wines that will complement seasonal starters, brunches and partyy foods typically served at Christmas. I cover in two separate blog posts

a) wine suggestions to pair with Christmas main courses  and

b) guidance on wines to serve with desserts typically eaten at Christmas .

There are

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Tawny Ports ~ Port ~ Part 2

I wrote a blog post about ruby port after taking delivery of my first port, a beautiful Crusted Port from Churchill's Estates. I then added a lovely tawny port from Quinta do Vallado to the portfolio so let's continue our journey on the Douro river to find out more about port and how tawny port (usually) differs from ruby port?

 

How port is produced

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Reading Wine Labels: Old Vines

Chances are you will have seen the term "Old Vine" or one of its foreign equivalent terms such as "Vieilles Vignes", "Alte Reben", "Viñas Viejas", "Vinhas Velhas" or "Antico Vitigno" on some wine labels. There is no requirement under any wine regulations that I know to mention the age of the vines used for wine grape production and yet old vine is a term that

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Albariño - crisp white aromatic wine: what's not to love?

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In this latest grape-focused blogpost I take a look at the Albariño or Alvarinho grape and why Albariño wines are becoming increasingly popular . I latched on to this grape variety (pronounced phonetically as Alba-reen-yo) several years ago and have been slowly converting people over to its wines; in my opinion, Albariño, especially from the Rías Baixas DO, is one of the best Spanish (and Portuguese)

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All you need to know about tannins in wine

Are wines becoming less tannic?

Is it just me or do you think that wines generally are becoming less tannic?  I don't think my subconscious is pushing me away from more tannic wines when I taste and buy red wine. After all, in the right wine and when in balance with other elements of a wine, tannins are a good thing, providing character, structure, body

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Wine Ratings; what's the score?

A critique of the wine critics

There are many people who review and score wine; I am often asked which of these wine critics I rate. So below are those wine critics at the top of my list and why - plus some information on the different ways they rate wine. I include what I think are the minimum scores that you should look for

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