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Take it Away

“What on earth is wrong with you?” The question comes out of nowhere, a sly uppercut into the soft underbelly of my  fragile (often) sense of worth. “I mean, seriously. What is…

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England Sparkles

The rise of the English sparkling wine industry has seen its bottles move from “plucky outsider” status to champagne-beating cellar essentials, claiming a record number of international trophies along the…

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Tonic Rage

  “See how its strength bursts to the top of the glass…the difference is almost frightening.” – These are the mellifluous tones of suave British actor William Franklyn, on a voiceover…

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Drunken Monkey

“Wild chimps caught boozing on 7% ABV ‘wine’”, shrieked the headline in The Guardian last year. As headlines go, that’s a corker. Noble Rot, Issue N10

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I’ve Not Been Back

‘I forgot it was still open’ ‘I forgot to go back’ ‘I haven’t had a chance’ ‘Been doing the new places’ ‘I thought it wasn’t all that’ ‘I thought it…

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Red Alert

The ‘oldest’ of the New World countries to begin making wine, South Africa’s grape adventure began long before the world started taking note. Christie’s International Real Estate

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Going Solo

“Just for one please.” – How many times have I uttered this? A lot. I love it. I’m well up for this solo dining lark me… Noble Rot, Issue N12

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On Tasting Notes

“Bloody tasting notes. The infuriating, bombastic, ridiculous tasting note, sitting there all smug and chuffed with itself – “look at me, aren’t I clever”, it seems to chime. Cocky little…

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The Menu Fetishist Returns

“Here’s our menu, let me know if you have any questions…” The phrase that launched a thousand meals. You read, you choose, you ask, they bring: no titillation here, nothing…

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Wine List Man vs Inverted Snob

Do you really know about wine? Or is all your swaggering braggadocio about to be mercilessly skewered by the secret wine buff in your midst? Noble Rot, Issue N6

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