As I get older, I forget to take pictures. I get all caught up in the moment, then forget to document it, and in this day and age that’s sacrilege. It’s like the old saying “If a tree falls and nobody is around to hear it, then does it make a sound”, but more appropriately, … Continue reading IT GOT RAW: When James Met Isabelle… Again
In current times when more and more niche retailers are losing business to supermarkets some may think it would be crazy to buy a wine shop, and some may be right. At the same time, I think there are crazier things to do… bungee jumping without a rope springs to mind… to be honest, that … Continue reading Why On Earth Would You Open A Wine Shop?!
If you’ve read any of my postings before you will probably be aware that I have a hard time getting to the point. It’s not that I ramble (although people may argue that I do) I just like to set the scene. So… Story time. Last week I had the pleasure of visiting Berlin. I … Continue reading Supermarket Ramblings
Just a little over a year ago I was talking with Isabelle Legeron and we joked about the prospect of RAW wine Sheffield. She jested that the only person who would be there would be me. I didn’t get too offended by that as, well she was kind of right. Sheffield has never been a … Continue reading Natural Wine in The Steel City – Dream or Reality?
If you follow various wine shops and bars on Instagram then last Thursday you may have seen numerous posts in big capital letters stating ‘BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU EST ARRIVE!’ with a photo of a store clerk doing a cheesy pose with a bottle of wine, or an artsy snap of a bottle. Wine retailers will regularly … Continue reading Beaujolais Nouveau est Arrivé à Sheffield!
It’s been a bit, folks. I have missed doing these and I’m glad to be back in the writer's chair! Something that I have come to appreciate recently is my library. Now, I’m not speaking about the plethora of unread books on my living shelf (makes for great conversations/decor). The library I’m talking about is … Continue reading A love story on libraries
It’s a common word that is just taken for granted if you know what it means but, if you don’t, it can sound pretentious. So, what is it?
I don’t know about you, but when the temperature starts to crank up, my appetite does the opposite. During Winter I can happily spend hours in the kitchen making rich stews and heart warming roast dinners, but as soon as the Summer hits all I want is something quick, light, easy and to avoid the … Continue reading Salads, Summer and Sipping!
This month’s Tuesday Night Tasting surrounded the theme of “Vinifera” and was hosted by the fine folks at Planter’s Ridge. As host/showrunner, I felt the need to up the presentation game. This involved deriving the word “Plane” from Planter’s Ridge, obtaining a Pilot costume, and introducing each vineyard, as though we were on an airline, … Continue reading Vinifera & Viniserve: An Update from ‘Captain’ Jardine
So, all four of us here at Wined Up have spent time in the hospitality industry. To be honest, it is a contributing factor as to why we got into wine. Lily and I both met in a job unrelated to wine but we both had come from restaurant backgrounds. Lily had previously worked in … Continue reading Myth busting: A Wined Up guide to restaurant etiquette