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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Wine for Christmas starters, brunches & canapés


Christmas dinner place setting

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

wine suggestions to pair with Christmas main courses  and

wines to serve with desserts typically eaten at Christmas .

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

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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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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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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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All you need to know about the wines of Priorat

12 facts about Priorat wines


Some time ago one of my lovely newsletter subscribers asked me to cover the wines of Catalonia in one of my blog posts. It's a huge area with 10 recognised wine regions and difficult to generalise so I will split the subject of Catalan wines into more than one blog post. This first will focus on perhaps the best known

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Lovely vegetarian summer recipe

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I am sometimes told that many wine bloggers and wine retailers don't give any thought to vegetarians when making food and wine pairing suggestions. I try to come up with some vegetarian dishes when I write suggested pairings for each of my wines but I guess, since I am not vegetarian, that I just don't have a sufficiently wide range of vegetarian dishes at the

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Why very hot weather is bad news for wine

 

Beautiful clear skies, sunshine and heat, surely the perfect weather for wine grapes? But is it? Temperatures in Continental Europe in summer 2017 have been  regularly above 40° Celsius; the continental climate is known for being extreme, with very hot summers, but this year it seems that it is hotter than ever. The heat wave, nicknamed Lucifer, is wreaking havoc on many crops including

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