Hello there. I’m Scott, a wine lover from Scotland originally (unoriginal naming from my parents…) but now living in SE London.
The day job is IT - I lead the IT team for a medium size London housing association.
I have a husband and a pet mole - more on that later.
I’ve been a keen wine lover for many years, but starting taking it seriously about 10 years ago, and have now been fortunate enough to visit some of the great wine regions, tasting and exploring.
I’ve done the WSET Level 2 and Level 3 courses and I plan one day to change career and be a winemaker.
Wine likes? It’s easier to say what I don’t like as I have a catholic palate. Sauvignon Blanc from NZ I find hard work; anything over 14.5% is increasingly challenging as I crossed the threshold into middle age a few years back, and I find Chilean Merlot very confected, generally.
I love reds, reasonably dry, in particular Rioja - a superb region for excellent wine at a good price point in my view; Bordeaux partcularly Left Bank; Italian reds from almost anywhere but including Barolo, Barbera and and Chianti Classico; Northern and Southern Rhone and much of the Languedoc. In the New World, I love NZ Pinot, and cooler region reds from Australia like Margaret River.
For whites, I prefer dry but not too dry - a Macon Chardonnay, rather than a Chablis, for example; and I love aromatic whites like Viognier and Moschofilero.
Much depends on what I’m eating; I love pairing wine with food and confess to having far too many bottles at home, so I always have something suitable whatever we’re eating.
I think the Wine Society collection is superb - I’ve only been a member for a couple of years - but it’s great value.
At the moment I’m on holiday in Greece and in a few days will be visiting Naoussa, and experiencing the magnificent Xinomavro grape… I think Greek wine is under-rated, with Nemea producing some superb reds, and excellent whites such as Malvasia from Monemvasia.
I think that’s enough from me - hardly a short introduction but, as I’m sure many of you will agree, once you start talking about wine, it’s hard to stop!
Best wishes to you all and I look forward to many interesting conversations.