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Vineyard – July 2019 – Class System

Vineyard July 2019 - Class System  www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk I love the old ‘The Frost Report’ sketch, ‘I know my place’.   If you are familiar with it, then this month’s article will make perfect sense.  If you are not, I urge you to search for it and marvel at the minimalist script and the perfect delivery of their lines from John…
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Vineyard – June 2019 – Urban Jungle

Vineyard June 2019 - Urban Jungle www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk  It’s not a new thing – urban wineries.  There are some superb examples in Australia where the fruit comes into the wineries from hours and sometimes days away and they manage to make epic wine.  It’s not a question of transporting grapes – we know how to do this.  London Cru…
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Vineyard – May 2019 – Save the Wales

Vineyard May 2019 - Save the Wales www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk As the old joke goes, wag one asks, ‘What time is it in New Zealand?’, wag two replies, ‘About 20 years behind Australia’.  I have decided to write about Welsh wines this month and I refuse to adapt this joke as much as I am sorely tempted to.   It was easy enough to find three…
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Vineyard – April 2019 – Under the Radar

Vineyard April 2019 - Under the Radar www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk The expression ‘under the radar’ conjures up rather exciting images in my mind.  Undercover, covert, stealthy, clandestine or indeed enigmatic, if you are a winery or a wine merchant who operates under the radar then you could be knowingly employing some very enviable marketing…
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Vineyard – March 2019 – Rebels with a Cause

Vineyard - March 2019 Rebels With A Cause www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk I love this definition of a non-conformist - a person who does not conform to prevailing ideas or practices in their behaviour or views.  Rebels are seemingly even more attractive – someone who fights authority.  We have a good few wineries and individuals in our wine business…
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Vineyard – February 2019 – By The Glass

Vineyard - February 2019 By The Glass – the three magic words www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk  Would you like to sell one thousand bottles of wine to one person or one thousand bottles to one thousand different people?  Your bank account will have the same amount of cash in it, but your future bank balance will be static in one account while you wait…
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Vineyard – January 2019 – Own-Label Sparkling Wines

Vineyard - January 2019 Own-Label Sparkling Wines www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk Do you think that own-label sparkling wines are bottom-end, shelf-fillers for lazy consumers to chew on because they can’t be bothered to venture further up the scale to well-known, more expensive, branded wines?  Why do millions of consumers place their faith in their…
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Vineyard – December 2018 – Crystal Ball Wines

Vineyard - December 2018 Crystal Ball Wines www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk I have enlisted the help of a trio of the most talented independent wine merchants in our land this month to come up with a few informed ideas for 2019.  While buffing our collective crystal balls it turns out that a few simple questions ended up opening a positive Pandora’s…
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Vineyard – November 2018 – Christmas Sparkling Wines

Vineyard - November 2018 Christmas Sparkling Wines www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk Christmas is looming and ‘tis the season of goodwill, so I am taking a more light-hearted look at the wines you should be devouring this month in order to take the heat out of the ‘discussions’ which were stirred up by last month’s column! I have found three…
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Vineyard – October 2018 – Top End Sparkling Wines

Vineyard - October 2018 Top End Sparkling Wines www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk Green-Eyed Monster or Gilded Lily? The Truth Will Out (a nod to Shakespeare) It was amazing, the reaction to an email I sent out to various vinous luminaries while researching this piece, asking if I could taste their top end English sparklers for an article in this august…
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Vineyard – September 2018 – Red Wines

Vineyard - September 2018 www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk Red Wines - A New Dawn I could not have written this article five years ago. While I have been tracking the progress of English and Welsh wines for more than three decades the advent of balanced, world-class red wine is a very recent phenomenon. Weedy, pale, raw reds were the norm and while it…
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Vineyard – August 2018 – Party Wines

Vineyard - August 2018 www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk Party Wines The summer party season is upon us and, with temperatures soaring to an unprecedented high, I have chosen three wines this month that you can serve ice-cold in order to soothe your palate and also demonstrate with unarguable accuracy that you are the most thoughtful host in town. Party…

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.