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
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
Last month, Lily and I found ourselves in Shoreditch for another wine tasting. (Oh what a tough life we lead!) Normally we do our tastings at Merchants Tavern but this time we reached out to our good friends at Passione Vino, who were kind enough to lend us one of their tasting rooms, for our … Continue reading The Revolution will be boxed! An afternoon with When In Rome
I mentioned in a previous post that Italy is like my Achilles heel when it comes to wine knowledge, so lately I’ve been making an effort to drink more Italian wine. (Ok, that was just an excuse to drink more in general.) A couple of weeks ago, Lily and I met up with Rachael Leach … Continue reading Fiobbo – Offida Pecorino 2015: A wine you never knew about, but need to know about
Wine and the service industry go hand in hand, and to be honest; if it wasn't for all the years I have spent as a waiter and bartender then I wouldn't have ever had the appreciation for wine that I do now. With this in mind, I thought I would highlight some memories of things … Continue reading Memoirs of a server: Coming of age in the hamptons
Some believe corkscrews to be a daunting contraption, designed to humiliate you when you are trying to open a bottle of wine, which is otherwise known to be a pretty basic task. I know some people who won’t even buy cork top wine because they ‘can’t’ open the bottle, so will automatically opt for the … Continue reading Corks, Corkscrews, Screwcaps and a blogger stuck in his ways
We recently met Aymeric and Jordan Amiel, two brothers who run Domaine des Amiel in Languedoc, France. These guys have a very clean approach, they don’t follow antiquated appellation laws and they make fucking delicious natural wine.
It dawned on me the other day that the two biggest wine fairs we attended this year have been celebrations of natural wine, but we haven't explained what natural/biodynamic wine actually is. Well fear no more, that’s about to change. But first… story time. I remember when I first got really into wine. It was … Continue reading Natural wine: what the f*ck is it?!
We go into more detail about the lifespan of a barrel and a concept called toasting.