Meet Marinko and his wines

Meet Marinko. He’s a winemaker in Solkan, Goriška Brda. Nestled away in one of the back streets, Marinko is working away in his winery. And he’s working hard too – at the time of writing, the harvest has only just finished and in between the important works of winemaking, he has numerous meetings and appointments … Read more…

Life of a Wine Buyer

You have to love your job to wake at 05:15 in the morning and then drive for the next 4 hours to sit in an airport, get herded along in traditional airport fashion and end up at the finish line a mere 16 hours after waking. Luckily, I do. Crazy? Possibly. This time, I’m here … Read more…

Christmas Lunch – what shall I drink?

In my house, when I pair wine with Christmas Lunch, what I say tends to go – everybody knows that it’s probably best to leave that bit to me. I am, however, very conscientious of potential marital discord when it comes to picking the wine. After all, a change of vino every so often is … Read more…

Day 4: 400 kilometers and the oldest vine in the world

Sleep has never been so welcomed. Another decent day of tasting was ahead too. We made a point of highlighting the fact that we were sat on a terrace, eating breakfast in the warm sun in late September. Sometimes, life could not be better. Breakfast was not half bad either. Not hanging around for too … Read more…

Day 1: The views that take your breath away

Does wine warrant a 02:30 start? It does when you’re buying it for a subscription wine business. A drive from Nottingham to Luton, a long wait for a shuttle bus and a meander through duty free (assessing the wine situation), got us onto a plane that landed in Ljubljana 2 hours later. What a beautiful … Read more…

Packing the bags

Is it just me, or does everybody else also have issues when it comes to putting clothes into a bag to go away for a week? How difficult can it be to pack 7 days worth of clothes, toiletries and one or two other things, without making it look and feel like you’ve packed your … Read more…