I’ll stick with the dreamers, the idealists and even the slightly unhinged – they have better liquids in their glass.
These are the bottles we love to drink – We’d sing about them if we could, but trust us, it’s better if we write.
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Who we are
Founder & editor of this site, Simon is an award-winning English wine and drinks writer, currently clinging to mainland Europe in Amsterdam. He is somewhat obsessed with orange wines. Wine has been his muse for the last 20 years. Originally he just drunk the stuff, then started studying it. Finally he got the urge to communicate, starting here in 2011.
Simon contributes regularly to Decanter and Meininger Wine Business International. He’s also written for Punch Drink, Jancis Robinson, timatkin.com, Palate Press, Harpers online and Catavino.net amongst others. There’s more gory detail in this interview by Wink Lorch, which first appeared in CWW quarterly.
Simon is available for paid writing, speaking or presenting engagements, please get in touch.
Hannah is a wordsmith by day and purveyor of natural wines by night, both at a real bar and her own occasional pop-up affair in Amsterdam.
Her writing is as unconventional as the wines she loves and, she hopes, at least half as fun. She believes wine doesn’t have to be a stodgy affair; neither what you drink nor what you say about it. And that it helps if it’s a Ploussard.
After 15 years working in the US, China and Japan in the fields of technology, E-commerce and the wine trade, Giovanni now resides in his native Italy.
He heard the call of the Ancient Gods of Maceration one fateful day while living in Japan (the lost Eden of natural wine) and has since turned to the orange side of the Force with a primal passion.
He still works with tech companies during the day and spreads the Verb of sacred skin contact by night, before retiring to his amphora-shaped sarcophagus by morning.
Taka hails from Japan and has also lived in the UK, the US and France.
As a teenager, his father regularly fed him German Riesling to help build his alcohol immunity and counteract those Japanese genes.
Years later, he became obsessed with cataloguing his vinous libations on Vivino, and started spending most of his money and time on artisanal wine.
Learning about wine gave him many excuses to satiate his love of languages and parade his anthropological training.
Taka’s day job involves data crunching and digital marketing at Casio. He lives in London with his ever-thirsty wife.
Claret….. but nothing about Bordeaux?!
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