#IAmWinePop! The Grape Human Experiment

Today I have fabulous news winelover friends! Some of you may know that I’ve been up to some pretty strange antics recently. It’s all in the name of #IAmWinePop and their fantastic competition to win a magical Lazenne wine case and 12 bottles of wine! Wow! The great news is my video has been selected…

Cellers Avgvstvus Forvm: Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

What connects Bob Dylan, the Queen of England and a long-dead Roman Emperor? And no, I’m not talking about their dodgy hairstyles. I’m talking about a small Catalan winery tucked away in a tranquil corner of Penedés which just happens to produce one of the world’s best vinegars. Born of Joan Roca’s dream to make his…

#IAmWinePop: The new app rocking the wine tourism world

If you’ve been on social media recently you may have noticed #IAmWinePop floating around (as well as some awesome wine-related antics, some of which *may* have had something to do with me). The human grape bunch strikes again… #IAmWinePop https://t.co/02wNG9Mk9R @Lazenne_ @WinePopGlobal — The Wine Culturist (@wineculturist) November 1, 2016 It's All Hallow's Eve! Make…

The Gift of Dionysus: The London Greek Wine Festival 2016

“Yeia mas!” shouts a rather jolly Olly Smith, raising his glass enthusiastically at the little crowd huddled in a white plastic tent in the middle of the festival. For a moment I feel like I’m back in school and a charismatic prefect has broken into the headmistress’s liquor cabinet. We’re reverently gathered for an introduction…

Why English Bubbly is the New Champagne

As a child my summers were filled with ancient thatched cottages and endless golden fields as my sister and I explored every inch of the narrow peninsula we called home on beat-up mountain bikes. Favourite destinations included the river shore with its sandy beach, the bountiful cherry trees and swings of a nearby park, and…

Wine Hackaton: Pinot vs Bonarda

Have you ever met a wine hacker? I have. Last week I found myself in a narrow, brightly-lit room in a far-flung corner of the city, rubbing glasses with Argentina’s hippest wine bloggers at the grandiosely-named PinotBonarda Wine Hackaton. Now let me be clear; there were no geeky, unwashed techies in ironic oversized T-shirts here (ok,…

Weird and Wonderful Champagne Pairings: It’s National Champagne Day!

“Do you know what Dom Pérignon said after inventing champagne? He called out to his fellow monks, ‘Come quickly! I am tasting the stars.” John Green, The Fault in Our Stars Like many things related to Champagne, the National Day of Champagne itself is hotly debated. Some clamour for the 31st of December which clearly makes…

A winelover’s guide to Carmelo: Part 2 – Bodega El Legado

‘Today, man does not govern the forces he has unleashed, but rather, it is these forces that govern man. Because we do not come into this planet simply to develop, just like that, indiscriminately. We come into the world to be happy. Because life is short and it slips away from us. And nothing is…

Please take a bao: Tierra Club opens for business

How do you choose the wine you buy? Do you go for grape varieties you know you love, or do you try to pick something you’ve never tried before? Or are you simply a sucker for a great label? (Maybe that’s just me…) Back in the UK, where I’m from, wine shops and supermarket shelves…