Who is this blog for?

People who drink. From those who are just vaguely aware that wine and spirits are things worth investigating, to those who are already well into them. Wine is an endless Aladdin’s Cave of treats for the most underindulged senses – smell and taste. And the mental, physical and emotional feelings that go along with drinking alcohol can be hugely pleasurable (so long as we don’t go nuts). It is surely one of the only sustainable, healthy, hedonistic pursuits that both feels great and tastes amazing. Why on earth wouldn’t you want to get stuck in?

Why would you bother listening to me?

I’ve worked in wine for fifteen years and I’m still tasting all the time – dozens of wines a week. The more you taste, the more you know, so I have a grasp of what represents good quality and fair value. I’ve helped with wine selection and buying for award-winning wine companies, and I judge for international wine competitions so I feel confident about giving advice. And I’m completely independent, so you can trust what I say (if I ever write about a wine or winery that I am in some way commercially involved in, I will say so).

Why am I writing it?

I write for my friends, and anyone else who might be interested, to help them get into – and get the most out of – what can be a pretty big and confusing subject. But just because it’s big, it isn’t that difficult to understand, and it is well worth exploring because there is so much pleasure to be had. In fact, that it’s a big subject is what makes it endlessly fascinating.

And anyway, it’s all a good excuse for me to get out there and taste loads of new wines, which is one of my favourite things. I’m pretty much obsessed with wine and spirits, and always want to find out more. I enjoy writing about it, and like to think it might be useful for other people who share my affliction.

I hope you enjoy it.


26 Responses to About the blog

  1. David Lowe says:

    Honoured to have a link to your site (which looks beautiful, by the way).

    Best of luck with all your endevours.


  2. Juel Mahoney says:

    Hi Matt, thanks so much for the link to Wine Woman & Song on your site. Really enjoy your articles and look forward to your book, bests JM

  3. Hi Matt,

    Liking the look – a simple but striking layout of website. Also really enjoyed reading about the Austrian wine tasting. Just done a review on Croatian wines myself. What an interesting experience! Some hidden gems there.

    • Matt says:

      Hi Maddy, glad you’re enjoying it. Looking forward to reading about the Croatian tasting! – will you be posting it on your website?

  4. Maximus says:

    Dear Matt,
    which importer in the UK can offer California wines please?
    rgds Maximus

    • Matt says:

      Hi Maximus – most of the bigger importers such as Liberty, Fields Morris & Verdin, and Enotria ship a few, but you can find larger selections from The Wine Treasury and The Vineyard Cellars.

  5. Krochmaluk says:

    Great moment together in cordier.
    Best regards
    Cellar master Chateau L’enclos – Pomerol

  6. Geoff Kelly says:

    Hi Matt, I see in your intro that you mention ‘spirits’ as well as wine. Can I send you some press information about National Calvados Week 14-20 October this year?
    If so, please send me your e-mail address and if you want a sample a snail-mail address too. Many thanks from Geoff Kelly

  7. Christopher Walls says:

    I’ve tried to sign up for your Blog Matt by clicking on the RSS feed but don’t seem to be able to. Can you help?

  8. Pelissie says:

    Hi Matt,

    Congratulations for your blog. I discovered your articles through a friend from Madeira and I love them.

    I am currently producing wines in … Paris in my ” Winerie Parisienne”. I would be happy to explain you the project if you can grab some time.



  9. Hello,

    we are a French company who is producing Champagne for Haute Gastronomy called Frerejean Frères. We would be happy to do a collaboration to you and could send you samples of different champagnes.

    Thanks in advance for your response.

    • Matt says:

      Hi Annabell – I’ve never tasted your wines so would be very happy to receive samples, thanks for the offer. I’ll email my address.

  10. Ben Revell says:

    Evening Matt,

    Can you drop me an email (ben@winebuyers.com) –

    Thanks :-)


  11. Pandora Mistry says:

    Hi Matt – how do you feel about Rhum Agricole?
    Is it Something you have written about in the past? Hoping to work with some producers and set up a press event.
    Please do get in touch if it is your thing.
    Wines & Spirits, Business France, London

  12. Tzu says:

    Dear Matt,

    I came across with your name and blog through http://www.iwsc.net. As an expert consultant in wine and maybe even other alcoholic beverages, I would like to get in touch with you to discuss an upcoming congress and the opportunity for you to attend.

    I would look forward to hearing from you soon!

  13. Avi says:

    Hey Matt nice blog how can I email me?

  14. Hi Matt,

    We are Pull The Cork, a sustainable online wine platform. We would be interested to discuss with you the ever increasing sustainability trend in wines. We would love to exchange ideas and have your feedback. Of course we will bring the bottles to this meeting. Have a look at out site http://www.pullthecork.co.uk

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