On the shoulders of giants

Late last year I wrote a very personal guest post on top London wine merchant Berry Brothers & Rudd’s blog.  It was about the leap I took in starting my own wine label whilst continuing to consult around the world.

What I didn’t mention in the post is that this leap may very well have remained a fantasy had it not been for the inspiration and confidence instilled by some key individuals in both my personal and professional life.

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Cedalion standing on the shoulders of Orion from Blind Orion Searching for the Rising Sun by Nicolas Poussin, 1658, Oil on canvas; 46 7/8 x 72 in. (119.1 x 182.9 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art

It’s something I’ve been thinking about as I skim read the news, hoping not (but half expecting) to see the name of yet another musical revolutionary referred to in past tense. We know their influence, but often don’t pause to reflect until they’re gone.… Read more >



Where’s the wine and sympathy?

As I sit here re-hydrating with a kale smoothie (to compensate for last night’s over-indulgence) I am reminded of the effect of what I choose to put into my body.

The closer we get to the holiday season, … Read more >