In commencing this writing project I am giving outlet to a great deal of material which will either appear elsewhere (in French or English) or will be otherwise lost into the ether since I spend much of my time explaining what I do and how I do it to both friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances.
I am very pleased to be writing here but it was in no way the ultimate aim of my strange career path. I am happiest being hands-on in life; with my sleeves rolled up and (more often than not) covered in grapes, wine, crumbs or a combination of all three. However, the more I learn and the more questions I am asked by the interested amateur drinker, and even the disinterested serious drinker, the more I recognise a growing thirst for knowledge in this mysterious and secretive world of drinks production. The business of making wine well is deceptively complicated, jealously-guarded and often under-divulged.
Having worked in customer facing roles whilst studying for my wine-making qualification in France, I am only too aware of the difficulties faced by wine sales teams when presenting their complicated and precious product to a semi-knowledgeable consumer. I believe it is in the interests of producers, marketers and consumers to help bridge this divide. I hope this blog can find a place in the ranks of the many excellent wine writers already plying their trade and that I can help the amateur, beginner or expert wine connoisseur to further appreciate the complexities of this wonderful colloid.
I am very happy to respond to any queries directly or via a comment and I would equally welcome your feedback. I ask only for your patience in recognising that I am writing alongside my other professional activities at present and I hope you will forgive me a slight delay in response during particularly busy periods.