The Palm by Whispering Angel 2017

The whole Kensington wine community is drinking Whispering Angel, or so it seems. Jeroboams are tweeting about it, my friends have it in their houses, Whole Foods had it on offer… yet still I hadn’t tried it.

I’m not a big rosé person really, but sometimes in the summer you want something in between white and red. And the other day my friend came over, and I asked her what kind of wine she wanted, and she said ‘pink’. So I went to the corner shop and picked up a bottle of Whispering Angel’s The Palm, based purely on the label.  Read more

Lazenne Wine Suitcases

I grew up in French. It’s my mother tongue, my first words were in French (“non” and “cheval” if you’re interested), and for about ten years I lived at least 70% of my life in French.

But I’ve never been to France. This is particularly ridiculous because I live in London, and I’ve been on the Eurostar several times, so I’ve been through France on my way to other countries on at least six occasions, but somehow I’ve never stopped off there.  Read more

Pio Cesare Ornato Barolo 2001

I’m generally a Bordeaux girl (left bank, specifically), but I went to Tuscany recently and discovered some rather exciting wines there, courtesy of Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina.

I also had a very nice Barolo from Huntsworth Wine a while ago, which added to my enthusiasm for Italy. So when I discovered that Jeroboams in Holland Park was having a sale on all their Italian wines, I decided it was a sign from the universe and I went along to buy a Pio Cesare.  Read more

Visiting Florence? Go To The Wine Club

I was in Florence for work recently, and boy did I fall in love with the city. Beautiful architecture! Ornate antiques everywhere! Excellent food! A café that specialised in truffles! Fine wines! Scenic views! A quiet river just outside the city where I could sit and chill out undisturbed!

It is my new favourite city, and there are many reasons to pay it a visit. One of them is the wine club, properly named Enoteca Pitti Gola e CantinaRead more

Flying Solo Grenache Blanc 2015

I’m not normally a white wine person, but I was in a hotel the other day and the minibar was calling to me, and I wasn’t feeling particularly enticed by their red option. So I popped open (well, unscrewed) the white from the mini-fridge and took it into the bath with me. And thus began a very happy evening which ended with me dining on pigeon wellington in their rather swish restaurant.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.  Read more

Château Talbot Saint-Julien 2003

On December 4th 2017 I was finally discharged from hospital. The surgeon checked me over one last time, pronounced that I was healing “remarkably well”, and told me I was allowed to do everything I’d been missing out on for the past ten months.

“Everything?” I asked.
“Everything” he replied.
“I can even drink alcohol?”
He said I could.

So I left the consulting room, ecstatically texted my friends to tell them I was finally allowed to socialise again, walked out the front door of the hospital, got on a bus… and immediately went to the wine shop.  Read more

My Favourite Red Wines For Under £20

I’m a bit of a wine snob, let’s get that right out there in the open. My monthly wine budget is equal to my monthly food budget, and often I actually end up spending more on wine than on food. Almost always when I go out for dinner, I’ll order wine that’s more expensive than the main dish.

Having said that, it’s not necessarily true that the more you pay for a bottle (or glass) of wine, the better it’ll be. And I’ve been promising my mother that I’d put together a guide for people who don’t want to spend a shitload of money every time they want a nice red to go with dinner. So here it is.  Read more