1. What is your wine mission?
To maximise the pleasure people get from drinking wine by teaching them more about it… educate and entertain J
2. Next big thing in wine?
Virtual tastings are here to stay, so look out for better and better offerings coming up (like Rebecca Lamont Wine School!)
3. Your ‘go to’ glass after a hard day?
Actually not wine at all…a strong and cold G&T! But followed by a glass of something which matches what I’m eating that evening.
4. Music paradise?
Very mood-dependent but I am prone to some cheesy 90s pop tunes…
5. Preferred colour?
Burgundy, of course
6. Favourite film?
If we’re staying on a wine theme, I still love Sideways
7. Fondest vintage?
8. Oak or stainless steel?
Of course it depends, but I just about come down on the side of oak
9. Best place to eat?
Bocca di Lupo in Soho. Combines delicious Italian food with tapas-style eating.
10. Food and wine matching purgatory?
Dessert or chocolate with any dry wine
11. Guilty food and wine match?
A Magnum ice cream and a glass of 20 year old Tawny Port…
12. Favourite wine writer (apart from yourself)?
13. Wine ‘fad’ irritation?
Bland Pinot Grigio L
14. Most delicious cheese?
15. Inspiring novel?
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
16. Damascene wine moment?
No single epiphany… and I’m still waiting to become a Pinotage convert! Probably the most dramatic moment was when I went from loathing Fino sherry to drinking it in Jerez with local tapas and then becoming obsessed.
17. Most beautiful vineyard in the world?
Rippon in Central Otago, New Zealand (google image it)
18. Ideal last sip?
Any Grand Cru from Anne-Claude Leflaive
19. Next place to visit?
The Amalfi coast. Hoping to visit the Roman vineyard at Pompeii!
20. Best advice?
From the film Sideways – rather than save your best wine for a special occasion, let the moment you open it BE the special occasion