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What better time to get up to speed on what wines you like, love and covet than when you are preparing for upcoming festivities with family and friends? There are a million ways to start brushing up on your skills: Head to your local supermarket/wine shop and ask lots of questions (many times they will have tastings available while you browse – just ask), Attend a tasting (lots of places offer tastings – speciality shops, wine shops, liquor stores, etc. Keep your eyes peeled), Talk to your friends (many people have a favorite bottle of wine that they use as their ‘go to’ tipple for any celebration. Ask people you know for suggestions and you may just discover a new gem!).
For my part, I will be hosting, attending and conversing about all things wine in the next two months (have a look at what I’m up to here and sign up if you’re interested). As always, if you want to swap ideas – pull up a chair and let’s chat.

Essentials for any successful holiday: 
Brandy – my favourite is Hennessy VSOP. Top it with a bit of ginger ale for a spritzy buzz or some spicy eggnog for a classic holiday treat
Sparkling wine – the holiday favourite in my household is Prosecco because of its light body, balanced flavour and general yummy-ness (plus it can be enjoyed at any time of day…)
Good, full bodied red wine – this is the absolute must have. I love picking a few favourites each year to share with my family. I am still in the discovery phase for this year’s celebrations and will be using my upcoming tastings to explore a few pre-selected Malbecs, Petit Syrahs, Bordeauxs and Tannats. Stay tuned…

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I have been asked by my lovely artist friend, Blair, to choose a wine for her upcoming currated art show in Shoreditch. She has selected a theme for the tasting: ‘Go Bananas!’ and I am meant to select a wine that is both in line with the theme and an artist’s budget. I am tasting a few options this weekend and will let you know what we end up selecting.

In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about the show check out the details at www.hatchedgallery.com. Her show opens on the 11th November and runs Monday through Friday, 10AM -6PM, until the 2nd December.

I am also going to host a full wine tasting out of her gallery at the conclusion of the show on December 2nd. If you are interested in attending, drop me a line. Sign-ups are taken for £10 pp until November 11th, £15 pp thereafter.

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