I am a latecomer to wine, and it only came about as a result of a chance conversation. About seven years ago, and already into my seventh decade, I was having dinner with a friend from New Zealand. I had some Brie and the remains of a glass of red wine in front of me and I casually remarked that they didn’t seem to hit it off together. My friend pushed his glass of Sauvignon Blanc across the table and suggested I try it with the Brie. That was my Eureka moment.
I bade my friend write down some recommended Sauvignon Blancs and research the next day revealed that they were quite inexpensive. I ended up buying a case of Cloudy Bay, and then some Greywacke, and then Te Koko, and quite soon things had got quite out of hand! Many hundreds of purchases and wine tastings later, here I am knowing vastly more about wine (and wine and food matching); but my main lesson has been that, however much you know, there are always a vast number of beautiful wines still to discover.
Wine writer/blogger, photographer and educator.
Holder of DipWSET, The Wine and Spirit Education Trust’s Diploma in Wines and Spirits.
Member of the Association of Wine Educators.
Paid-for publications include the following in La Revue du vin de France (Mandarin Edition):
- Photo coverage of the Bordeaux 2012 vintage (Dec 2012 issue)
- ‘Open Your Cellar: Bodega R. Lopez de Heredia, Viña Tondonia, Rioja Blanco Gran Reserva’ (Jan 2013)
- ‘Rioja Revealed’ (Apr 2014)
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