Women, Warriors & Wine

  It is a long acknowledged truth that the hardships of war often force men to drink, and drink heavily. In Anglo Saxon England the brutality of the shield wall style of combat… Continue reading

Banquets of Mass Destruction ; Wine & Barbarians

Do you drink your wine neat? What, not even the merest drop of water? You utter barbarian. At least to the Ancient Civilized mind. The Classical World had an obsession with wine which… Continue reading

The Medieval Dry January

For many January has become a month of atonement. The waist line has expanded, the liver is aching, the obvious solution seems to be a period of self flagellation of the worst kind… Continue reading

Muddling Through ; A short history of Mulled Wine

Nothing shouts Christmas like mulled wine. That combination of good, rich red wine with cloves, cinnamon, sweetness and spice. It’s comforting, warming and the winter months really wouldn’t seem right without it. The… Continue reading

Meeting the demands of Past & Present ; Colonial Wine

How the deemed threat of global wine shortage can be countered with a new wine world off the back of the Colonial Age… Like a dog with a particularly precious news-based-bone, this week… Continue reading

A Medieval Battle for Wine

Here’s a bit of an essay. It’s actually my entry for the Young Wine Writer of the Year Award. Hopefully it still makes for an interesting read… ‘Celebrated or Excommunicated’ – How did… Continue reading

To War for Wine ; The Hussite Rebellion

The Hussite rebellion of the 15th Century is a truly fascinating episode in the history of Europe, a real watershed moment. It has always astonished me how much they were able to achieve,… Continue reading

Emerging from barbarianism ; The Ancient Greeks and Wine

Wine in Ancient Greece; why we owe it poetry, theatre, religion, language and love. Plus – why you should never invite a centaur to a wedding. If we were to take a map of… Continue reading

“Up the bloody slopes of La Pompelle” – Champagne and World War I

For many, champagne still remains an unaffordable luxury even to this day. Hand on heart, I for one could go without – largely because I find a bottle of Echo Falls and a… Continue reading

Turmoil & Terroir – Lebanese Wine

It’s hard to imagine something like viticulture having a spiritual home in such a changeable landscape as the Levant. Vintners in the West, or the New World, worry about rain, or frost or… Continue reading