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Back in the saddle?

I’ve been travelling again, in a limited way. This last week, I was in Germany. I flew to Frankfurt, took a train to Wiesbaden, and tasted some of Germany’s finest wines for three days. Then I got a lift to Oberhaus in the Nahe, where I spent two days at Gut Hermannsberg, a remarkable wine estate that is making some of the country’s best...

Limiting options can be a spur to creativity

In my spheres of creativity, we think wrongly. Our assumption is that the more options we have open to us, the better the chance of us creating something interesting. But I’d argue that limited options can be a spur towards greater creativity. Granted, the lack of options can sometimes be overly restrictive: I suspect the cave painters of Lascaux...

Is wine good for you?

There’s a lot of talk at the moment about ‘Clean Wine’. The marketing line? Commercial wines are full of additives and are bad for you, but this Clean Wine (which has a pretty normal range of commercial additives: bentonite, added yeast, sulfur dioxide, and it’s filtered) isn’t bad for you. So you should stop drinking all those famous wine brands,...

The end of sport, the end of restaurants, the end of wine?

I am trying to stay positive during this Covid-19 lockdown. Rationing my media use, not trying to blame this disaster on politicians, and not looking too far into the future. But where do we go from here? Social distancing – ISO – is an effective way to slow the spread of the virus and flatten the curve. Some countries have done it amazingly...

An altered sense of smell: every wine professional’s biggest fear

For a while I was scared. While I was ill, I noticed that something strange was happening with my palate. I could taste food OK, although maybe there was a slight loss of smell (remember, what we think of as ‘taste’ is usually smell and taste combined). But wine started tasting very strange. And not very nice. Both whites and reds...

My brush with COVID-19

So I’ve had COVID-19, it seems. It started the Saturday morning before last when I woke up feeling lousy. I’d not felt 100% on Friday, but put it down to a big social week where I’d been out every night. [What a long time ago that seems now.] How do I know it’s COVID-19? Well on Friday night I went out with a friend. We did the Warhol exhibition...

Unsettling times

How quickly things change. Only last week I had a hectic social schedule in London, out five nights out of six, having a great time with colleagues and friends. Covid-19 was on the horizon, and we knew it was a problem, but I don’t think we knew quite how much. Now, after the weekend, things look very different. We are being advised to isolate....

Forged from struggle

Chaim Potok’s two novels, My Name is Asher Lev and The Gift of Asher Lev, follow the struggle of an artist from the Hasidic Jewish community as he seeks to express the art within him without shattering the relationships he has with his family’s community. In the end he is compelled to paint using an image of suffering that shocks and offends his people,...

Arthur Goode, 1939-2020

Today, at 11 am, my father died. The news was not unexpected. He’d been very unwell for some time. Over the last few years we got to say goodbye to him slowly, as he progressively lost his mobility, then his speech. For a while, all he could do to acknowledge us with a hand movement, but even this simple connection was lost towards the end....

Forget wine and food matching: matching wine and people is the thing

We talk a lot about food and wine matching. [Aside: I tend not to be too precise about this: I choose a really nice wine that is quite food friendly when dining out, because it’s rarely a one wine/one dish combo.] But shouldn’t we be talking more about matching wine and people? I think carefully about choosing a wine based on who I’m drinking...

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