Hello, my name's Paola and I'm a peddler of death. Entering my shop could seriously harm your health. If you're in wine retail, like me, it does feel a bit like this, following the new government drinking guidelines.
You may know Brent Marris from Oyster Bay, Wither Hills & current high-street favourite The Ned Sauvignon Blanc. Hold onto your wine glasses. He's launching a £50 "artisanal" Marlborough Pinot Noir.
A trip down memory lane to a night when I drank some great wine out of bad glasses, until Stanley Tucci (unknowingly) showed me it didn't have to be this way.
Should a wine blogger write up every bottle, lunch or trip they're given for free? If they don't, does this mean they're, at best, unprofessional freeloaders or, at worst, thieves? The perennial wine industry debate hots up.
"Steak and wine have shared a beautiful and long lasting relationship," said the invite to a Penfolds' dinner exploring this perfect coupling. Just don't mention the lack of Grange, OK?
It was this pretty door in Chablis or another vineyard pic. Anyway, you get the idea. I went, I tasted and I gained a newfound respect for a wine I once considered boring.
And you might find yourself in front of a couple of glasses of 20-year-old iconic Henschke Shiraz. And you may ask yourself, will I ever get another chance to try Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone?
An open letter to Black Country Metalworks. Probably more than they bargained for when they had the bright idea to send me a wine rack to review.
"Our wines are made in the vineyard" is a winemaker trope. But none of them have taken me into a ditch to prove their point. Until I met the team behind Chilean icon Don Melchor.
If you love wine, like I do, and you live in the UK, you should be feeling p****d off. Duty on wine has risen by 50% since 2008. And it looks like it's about to increase yet again...
OR All Dressed Up (And Nowhere To Go). Where I get all dolled up as if I were about to troop down the red carpet at the EE British Academy Film Awards. In these shoes? I don't think so.
Right then. It's awards season. All the films over the past year vying for gongs. So, what film would you watch drinking this Pinot Noir? The clue's in the name. And the taste will send you into orbit...