You can do better than Echo Falls..

So, this is my first entry of what will hopefully be many. The title pretty much sums up the whole idea of this blog. I’m 23 and work in the wine business and am sick of drinking shit wine, so are my friends.

I know we can’t all afford to blow thirty quid on a bottle of wine, hell, I can’t, even after pay day. But spending a mere fiver on wine doesn’t mean it has to be vinegar laced, artificially sweetened grape juice. In fact, if you look carefully and know a bit about wine you can get something pretty decent. But how are you supposed to know the difference between a great value Italian red and a mass-produced, chemically flavoured Echo Falls favourite?

Well that’s just it Ladies and Gentlemen, that’s why I’m here. I’m not going to bore you about soil types, climatic influence and classification laws, I’m just going to tell you the honest truth about wine, what’s good and what’s not. However, I do want to educate to a degree.

My love of wine goes hand in hand with my love of food. Anyone that knows me will tell you that I talk about food or it’s derivatives about 96% of the time, cooking really does excite me, just writing that is exciting because I’m already thinking about what culinary delight I will cook next. But matching a wine to your dinner is not only satisfying but can enhance your dinner in a really surprising way. This is my favourite part of my job, people who are holding extravagant dinner parties (I work in SW15, go figure) ask me to match a different wine to each course, they give me a budget and I go mad. Now, I’m not suggesting that this is a normal Saturday night for the average 20 something year old. Matching food and wine doesn’t have to be as flamboyant as a five course dinner party, in fact it can be much simpler. And I promise, once you get into the hang of it, it will be easy and you’ll wonder why you haven’t thought about it before. You’ll become wine connoisseurs in no time at all.

I can’t end this post without a tip, here is the first of many. My favourite cheap and cheerful wine at the moment is an Italian Sangiovese. The best thing about it is that it goes with a lot of my store cupboard meals, a general mixture between tomatoes, garlic, onion, herbs with pasta, and meat, if I’m feeling flush. Basically anything with a tomatoey base goes amazingly with this wine. It’s all about acidity really, but I won’t get technical. Next time you’re out buying wine in a supermarket or elsewhere look out for it, and I bet you can get a bottle for under £6.

Drink and enjoy.

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