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Vineyard Magazine – March 2023 – Sweetness and Light

www.vineyardmagazine.com I am a massive fan of sweet wines, and while I am told they are perpetually out of fashion, whenever I open bottles for corporate events or dinner parties, everyone coos with pleasure. So, please forgive me if this is a slightly indulgent column this month. Somehow, I think this topic appeals to a much wider fanbase…
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Vineyard Magazine – February 2024 -Bacchanalia

www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk Suppose Bacchus were around today, and he was given the honour of bestowing his name on any grape variety he chose. Would he plump for a Silvaner, Riesling, Müller Thurgau ‘criss-cross’ (my technical term for a convoluted hybrid grape’s genesis)?  Given he is the god of winemaking, orchards, fertility, insanity, ritual…
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Vineyard Magazine – January 2024 – Flights of Fancy

www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk The New Year signals new ideas and fresh starts, so I looked back through my tasting notes to try to capture the early essence of 2024 in vinous form.  I found a collection of wines that stood out for their ingenuity, originality, and individuality.  These fresh, new, and engaging wines are ideal for ushering in the New…
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Vineyard Magazine – December 2023 – Starters, Main Course, Cheese

www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk As we inch towards the season of goodwill and festive entertaining, I thought it pertinent to introduce a philosophy that has been part of my psyche for as long as I can remember but which will probably only be part of yours if you work in hospitality. Planning is one of my many annoying traits, although I would not give…
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Vineyard Magazine – November 2023 – A Lightness of Touch

www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk There is a welcome and increasing movement across the globe for lighter wines.  I don’t necessarily mean wines with lower alcohol, but these things often go hand in hand. For example, I recently chaired a comparative tasting of the finest Grenache on earth.  The premise was pitching the most incredible selection of South…
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Vineyard Magazine – October 2023 – The Annual Bunfight

www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk I do not doubt that, with all the best intentions in the world, the Wine GB mob opened the doors to this year’s annual tasting, expecting it to be an unqualified success. Judging by the grumblings in the room, from wineries and guests alike, and the following rumblings on social media, it did not have the sheen of success…
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Vineyard Magazine – September 2023 – London Calling

www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk  Four years ago, I wrote my first piece on London wineries in Vineyard Magazine. I titled the piece ‘Urban Jungle’ – I felt this summed up the mood at the time.  Four years ago, before the pandemic, it was a very different landscape with an emerging group of talented winemakers making names for themselves with edgier,…
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Vineyard Magazine – August 2023 – Rock Stars

www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk photo credit - Simon John Owen I absolutely love an advert that popped up on the telly the other day. It is for a business called Workday - an enterprise management cloud. While I have no idea what an enterprise management cloud is, this cunning business is undoubtedly firing up interest in its activities with its ‘Rock…
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Vineyard Magazine – July 2023 – Party Time

www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk It’s summer party time, and those English and Welsh wineries with keenly priced, refreshing styles of wine should be banging a booming drum.  I know that the sparkling specialists are trying to drum up (intentional pun) party business all year round, given this is a celebratory style of wine, but still wine specialists…
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Vineyard Magazine – June 2023 – Pushing the Envelope

www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk I read a tweet from a fellow wine writer the other day.  He is someone I very much respect in our industry and he said, ‘Why isn’t the trade – and consumers – more excited about English wine? Is it dull?  Inconsistent? Not as good as we think?’  Of course, this is the point of Twitter – say something contentious…
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Vineyard Magazine – May 2023 – When you least expect it

www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk I am always on the lookout for great bottles. I take pictures of labels, make hasty notes on my phone, and sometimes even accept random sips from strangers, but it is still amazing how many remarkable wines come to my attention when I least expect them.  I am often asked, “Do you manage to drink wine for pleasure?”  I…
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Vineyard Magazine – April 2023 – Value For Money

www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk  Value for money is a curious expression. It means something a little different to each of us, but I imagine it does not mean the same thing as a ‘bargain’ to any of us. A bargain is something sold cheaply, a product or a service that is run-of-the-mill, everyday, not something special. Buy one get one free on loo rolls,…

I am a lifelong fan of English wines and I am extremely proud to have been asked to contribute to Vineyard Magazine from the very first issue published in January 2018.   Vineyard is a monthly, specialist publication for viticulturalists and winemakers in Great Britain.  I write the only consumer-facing article in the magazine highlighting three terrific wines of particular interest, tying them together along a singular theme – www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk.