Wine

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 CantinaContinue reading “Visiting Florence? Go To The Wine Club”

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Spooky Supermarket Wines

I usually buy my wine from wine shops or online, but I was in the supermarket a while ago and they seemed to be having some sort of goth wine theme, so of course I had to try them.

One was Apothic’s Dark blend, which I’ve wanted to try for ages but which hadn’t been easily available in the UK until now. The others were wines I hadn’t heard of before.  Continue reading “Spooky Supermarket Wines”

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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.  Continue reading “Flying Solo Grenache Blanc 2015”

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Papegaai Swartland Cinsault 2016

A friend brought this back from Australia with him, which made me think it was an Australian wine, but it’s actually South African. It’s made by Adi Badenhorst, who has a reputation as a Rhône lover which shows up in this blend.   Continue reading “Papegaai Swartland Cinsault 2016”

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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.  Continue reading “Château Talbot Saint-Julien 2003”

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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.  Continue reading “My Favourite Red Wines For Under £20”

Personal, Philosophy

How We See Things

The ways in which people interpret the world have always amazed and intrigued me. How two people can look at the same situation, be armed with the same knowledge about it, and yet still come out with different conclusions (aka ‘politics’). How two people can have a very similar experience and yet react in wildly different ways. How something that can floor one person won’t bother another.

But even more subtly: how the individual ways in which we think about the world – our personal hermeneutics – help us to see things through a unique lens.

Continue reading “How We See Things”