I’m Ben, another resident of SE London, living in Catford with my wife and two small children.
I’ve been a WS member for around 10 years, and have been lurking on the fringes of this community for a couple of months now.
I’ve been into wine for about 20 years, and it’s gradually become something of an obsession! I still remember the bottle that got me hooked - a bottle of Tim Adams Aberfeldy Shiraz. After too many years as a student drinking rubbish and coping with horrific hangovers, and decided to push the boat out on a bottle. It was a punt - I knew nothing about the wine, but assumed it would be good because it cost £20 (in 1997). Apart from being wowed by the taste, I didn’t have anything like the hangover I was used to!! So that was it for me! No turning back!
My tastes are fairly broad. I’ve moved away from New World for the most part, though I do still adore NZ wines (if I could emigrate anywhere, I’d go to NZ) and a good Chilean wine. But my love is now red Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhône, esp CdeP. Have been investing in EP on and off since 2010.
Whites - Riesling is King for me, wherever it’s from, but Alsace - oh, such goegeous fragrant wines. Have been to the region a few times to stock up directly from the cellar door! Love them. Totally unique.
Love being a member of the WS. Wonderful wines at all prices, such huge choice, and great to be part of such a passionate community of wine lovers.