A small but perfectly formed @greatgrog tasting at @thewalnutedinburgh this evening. Hats off to the Groggers for finding the Vergel airen/sauvignon blanc and monastrell/merlot blends from Alicante in Spain. At £7.99 and £8.49 respectively, they're green value, with tonnes of fruity flavours. The Vila Nova Vinho Verde was one of the wine merchant's biggest sellers at its autumn fair and it's easy to see why - this is no wishy-washy white. Plus, throw in the ripe and fruity Silvermyn Argentum Bordeaux-blend from Stellenbosch and you have an ideal winter survival kit. And a big thumbs up to The Walnut for its bring your own bottle policy with only £5 corkage - need to go back and try the food. 🏴 🍇 🍷 🥂 #wine#winetasting#instawine#instagrape#winegeek#winenerd#drinkup#drinkswriter#winewriter#press#hack#journo#journalist
It's three years ago to the day that I found out I'd passed the final exam for my @wsetglobal diploma. The Wine & Spirit Education Trust qualifications aren't only useful for those in the trade - they also help wine geeks to learn more. If you live in Scotland and want to find out more about the diploma course that's starting in February then contact the WSET and ask to be put in touch with Catherine Boot. To whet your appetite, you can read about my experiences on the diploma in this article I wrote for @scottishfieldmag back in 2017: bit.ly/SF_WSET (link in bio) 🏴 📄 🖋 📜 #wine#instawine#instagrape#winegeek#winenerd#drinkup#drinkswriter#winewriter#press#hack#journo#journalist#blog
Such a great feeling to be done pruning our 4-year old Marquette and Frontenac Blanc vines. That’s 4,000 vines pruned since December 1st, and my grip has never been stronger! I can’t wait to start on Frontenac tomorrow.
It was viognier all the way yesterday for @ginger_magician's 40th birthday, with @barboursville viognier from Virginia at @winehousehotel1821 followed by @eberleboar viognier from Paso Robles in California at the new @lady_libertine_ Along the way, there was some great @darenbergwine Monkey Spider roussanne from McLaren Vale in Australia at Lady Libertine, as well as The Wine House Hotel's crowd-pleasing #abbaziamonteoliveto Vernaccia di San Gimignano, @feudobutera grillo from Sicily, and @santamarialapalma vermentino from Sardinia with its distinctive salty twang. 🏴 🇮🇹 🇺🇸 🍇 🥂 #wine#instawine#instagrape#winegeek#winenerd#drinkup#food#foodie#friends#cali#edinburgh#scotland#italy @madeleinesmith455