A nice bit of symmetry today. Very few will remember how this site (which I’ve now christened “World’s Least Influential Wine Blog”) began – it all started in late 2010 when Fine & Rare wines announced a competition to submit a tasting note about a Bordeaux wine. The prize was the chance to travel with the FRW team to Bordeaux during En Primeur week. Current readers might be surprised that tempted me: Well, I was and still am a great Bordeaux fan, however back in 2010 it was the centre of my known wine universe.
I guess I never gave up the fight, as last October Jancis announced a new wine writing competition. It was inconveniently timed during a very busy month (a total of almost 7,000 words submitted to various publications during October 2016), but nonetheless I rattled off a couple of pieces. They are published on JR’s site today, almost 6 years to the day that this little adventure began.
The first piece, “Natural food, unnatural food” is a reworking of the talk I gave at the Digital Wine Communicators Conference 2015, in Plovdiv. It’s a plea for wine professionals to stop being so hidebound, looking to the explosion of interest in artisan bread, cheese and craft beer for inspiration.
Piece number 2 is my prediction for who will replace Robert Parker. A well-trodden theme? Yes, but maybe not like this . . .
As the pieces have been published in an ever so slightly indigestible format (virtually no pictures, one huge page of text), I hope to republish them here in the future, perhaps with additional polish.