Sitting in the October sunshine, chewing on the corner of my baguette, I wonder how many others have witnessed this timeless scene: pickers working their way up rows of vines, loading their baskets with bunches of grapes. But this isn’t Sancerre, it’s Sussex, and the baguette was from Greggs. There are now 135 wineries […]
There are three different coloured chicory; red, green and white. The white variety is forced in dark cellars or under a dark barrel, a practice that originated in France in the 17th century and was taken up in Belgium around 1850 where the plant was known as witloof meaning white […]
Like most kids of my generation, I was obsessed with Star Wars. My favourite scene was the Mos Eisley Cantina, where Luke Skywalker meets Han Solo in a violent dive bar teeming with various rubber-headed aliens drinking bubbling concoctions and inhaling noxious vapours. So the idea of inhaling a drink rather than […]
Unlike its once baked cousin, the best thing about this bistro classic is that, thankfully, you don’t need to worry about the soufflé sinking. This makes the light, cloud-like dish a breeze for making at home as the first-cooking can be done a day ahead and then finished off just […]
November is my favourite month. It’s when I research and write my annual Rhône Special Report. I spend two weeks travelling around the region, visiting countless producers and tasting around 1,000 wines to build up an impression of the latest vintage – 2014 this time around. Then it takes […]
Is four years a long time in blogging? I suppose it is. After all, every blogger gets it from time to time – you’re trying to get to sleep one night and the question bubbles up from the darkness… “Hang on a minute – am I just totally wasting my time keeping […]
The UK restaurant scene has never been more rich and diverse, not just regarding the types of food on offer, but also with the choice of wines. This is partly thanks to the diligence of the restaurants themselves of course, but there is another group that deserves our recognition: the small independent wine importers […]
I still remember the first time I was offered a glass of wine at the hairdresser’s. I thought this was a great idea until, on picking it up for a second sip, I spotted a few hairs of various colours that had floated into my glass on hairdryer crosswinds. Wine may not be […]
Sunday 25th October
November is a lovely time to visit the Rhône. It’s still sunny but the air has been drained of heat. After some typically eventful French driving fun from Marseille Airport, I arrived in Châteauneuf-du-Pape in search of dinner. It’s a small town, and quiet this time of year. There was only […]
Standing at the baggage carousel in Timişoara Airport in western Romania, I was approached by a friendly fellow traveller. “You here for the IW Conference too?” he said. “Erm… International Wine?” I speculated, surprised that I hadn’t heard of it. “No, International Welding” he replied. Fortunately I wasn’t; I was there to explore […]
Runner Up in the Born Digital Wine Awards 2015 Best Editorial/Opinon Wine Writing
Shortlisted for Harpers Wine & Spirit French Wine Awards 2014 Best French Wine Writer/Critic
Shortlisted for International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014 Blogger of the Year
Shortlisted for International Wine & Spirit Competition 2013 Blogger of the Year
Off Licence News Top 25 Policy and Opinion Formers 2013
Winner of The Drinks Business Awards 2013 Communicator of the Year
Winner of Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink Awards 2013 Newcomer of the Year
Shortlisted for International Wine & Spirit Competition 2012 Blogger of the Year
Matt Walls first got into wine working in an off-licence in Brighton. He has since worked for Bollinger Champagne and helped manage and buy wines for The Sampler, one of London's best wine shops. He now spends half his time writing about wine and the other half collaborating on various wine-related projects. His first book, Drink Me!, was recently published by Quadrille and has sold over 10,000 copies.
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