I’m an English wine and food enthusiast, currently living in Amsterdam. I have been studying, analysing and enjoying wine for longer than I care to admit, and writing about it since 2011. I’m a columnist for palatepress.com and timatkin.com and you can occasionally find my writings elsewhere on the interweb of things.
This site is a love letter to great wine and wine making. 95% of wine on the market is of course a mass-produced, industrialised product. But it’s the other 5%, made by passionate individuals who value quality and craft over profit, that makes this subject endlessly fascinating and worth writing about. I celebrate these winemakers wherever I find them, and hope that you will be encouraged to seek out their wines.
In general I don’t review mass-market wines of the sort that line major supermarket shelves. Plenty of other writers and bloggers do, but it’s not what fuels me. If your ambition doesn’t yet stretch beyond the bargains and BOGOFS at your local megastore, so be it – but I hope I can seduce you into trading up, or better yet, seeking out your local independent wine merchant. Don’t have a local independent wine merchant? Well, you could always open one!
Is this blog just about Bordeaux then?
Well, fairly obviously, no. The very first entry in this blog was claret-related, and written for a competition held by Fine and Rare wines. I didn’t win, but at least it got me started. The title merely reflects my first love in wine and warped sense of humour. Sorry about that.
Awards and commendations
Shortlisted for the Roederer International wine writing “Emerging wine writer” award 2013
This piece for Palate Press was awarded Best Post by the Etna DOC Consorzio, at the 2012 EWBC Digital Wine Conference.
Scoring and disclosure
I don’t usually score wines, so if you really want to know what I think you’ll have to wade through the article! This excellent blog post from Sarah Abbott MW helps to explain why. I don’t accept payment for any reviews or content published on this site, and where samples or hospitality were provided, I mention this at the bottom of the article. Also, with apologies to all those who have emailed me, I do not accept advertising or guest posts at the moment.
All content on this website is © Simon Woolf unless otherwise stated. Please contact me if you wish to use a photograph or reproduce any of my writing.