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As the pandemic rolled out around the world, I could not help but notice a theme. When trying to make sense of events, people reconcile the situation by saying such things as “This will all make us better people,” “We will...
My experience with Sir Roger Scruton started—as most philosophical journeys do— with a question. Broadly speaking, my question was about wine and life, and as a professional wine writer, I had researched, traveled, and tasted widely in search of an...
One needn’t gaze far beyond the glass to find expressions, declarations and gestures towards wine that would usually be reserved for the love of another human being. Once-rational adults abandoning dependable careers for life in a ​vineyard; empty bottles displayed on...
I am thrilled to announce that I have been awarded the Marchesi Mazzei International Wine Columnist of the Year at the 15th Louis Roederer International Wine Writers' Awards. The award is in recognition of my writing, which the judges described as ‘thought...
In wine there may indeed be truth, but what is the truth in wine? Where is it to be found in wine? And how does one get to it? One needn’t be a connoisseur or heavily invested in wine to...
Of all the paradoxes that exist in wine, one in particular continues to tickle. In a world becoming more casual by the app, with a population apparently deserting the good and the great for the casual and the deconstructed, the...
People have long turned to myriad sources as consolation for the thorny task of being human. From poetry and painting to music and sculpture, the arts are filled with expressions of humanity to soften misfortune and comfort the suffering. Literature...
I nearly didn’t taste it, but it was the surprise wine of the night. It was August this year and I had recently arrived in London on one of my semi-regular ‘sensory sabbaticals’ — an extended trip abroad in which...
I spent an hour with Wine Business Monthly editor Anthony Madigan to talk about my journey into wine writing, our dynamic industry quarrels and Australia’s exciting new wines. Highlights from the article ‘Write On: The Making of Australian Wine Writer...
Awards, Prizes and Scholarships 2019 Louis Roederer International Wine Columnist of the Year 2018 University of Buckingham Humanities Research Institute Scholarship (discount of fees) 2016-2018 Shortlisted for Louis Roederer and Born Digital Wine Writing awards 2013 Wine Communicators of Australia...