In the beginning, Organic Wine club was created by two passionate individuals who wanted to make a difference! To share our love of organic wine, understanding sulphites, but who also didn’t want to continue running the rat race.
But what drove us to create Organic Wine Club? Well thats 2 very different stories!
Over the last 2 years I have been immersed in wine, organic wine every day, wine tasting, wine sales, people working in wine. It’s just really always wine, wine and more wine.
But with my life before this I have always had wine as part of life somehow, and you end up collecting funny and quirky stories and wine related topics. So, I thought I’d share some of them.
The thought of buying premium wines for me starts from with an exclusive postcode, in a stuffy old shop with the smell of cigar smoke, lined with cedar paneling with the best possible service from a wine professional extraordinaire who directs you with their own personal recommendations about what they like rather than what I do.
Well thats just my thoughts, and putting pen to paper and reading this back, seems that my mind may be closed off to the idea of buying a premium bottle of wine. I think that I have a sightly different approach than most in this industry, but it's also worth noting that I have visited and purchased from two London wine boutiques within esteemed central London postcodes. So I am relatively objectionable.
The world we live in is a hectic one. As we all struggle to negotiate our way through jostling crowds to get to work, facing a day spend fighting to be heard once we are there only to do it all again on our way home, it can be easy to find yourself feeling lost, disconnected, and alone. For many, to escape is to switch off when we finally make it home- not just our electronic devices, but also our minds.
This is the exact opposite of what we should be doing.
Whether it’s staring blankly at a TV screen, numbly eating snacks without tasting anything, or somehow how finishing a bottle of wine despite only remembering drinking a glass (or, indeed, all three of these vices) we’re all guilty of wanting this escapism from our crazy, 90-mile-an-hour lives. But don’t we deserve better than this?
Champagne needs no introduction. The instantly recognised silhouette of the bottle; the signature sound of a popped cork, followed by the magical clink of champagne flutes; it all oozes sophistication and elegance, and signals that something special- a toast, a speech, or a cause for celebration- is about to follow.
But perhaps its formidable reputation is becoming its downfall. In the search for more affordable fizz, the UK has become the largest consumer of Prosecco in the world, putting away millions of pound’s worth of the Italian sparkling wine annually. Whilst it can’t boast the same depth and complexity as its more expensive French cousin, it offers us great-tasting fizz and the experience of Champagne regardless; the silhouette, the cork, the flutes, they’re all the same, and Prosecco is not the only contester creeping out of Champagne’s elite shadow. Amongst the whispers down the grapevine, two big topics are coming up again and again - France, and England.
As a vegan, one of the biggest obstacles I face when it comes to wine - aside from the difficulty of actually working out whether a wine is vegan-friendly or not - is pairing it with food. Traditionally, wine has always been paired with rich, animal-based foods, and all the classic pairings - Malbec and steak, Sauvignon Blanc with seafood, port and cheese- are out of the question. Looking in supermarkets, or scouting out a wine merchant, you’d be hard-pressed to find many plant-based suggestions to pair with the wines. That doesn’t mean it can’t happen, though!
I LOVE THIS WINE! Titouan has been one of my absolute favourites wines that we have been fortunate enough to carry since we launched Organic Wine Club! I will never forget the first time I tried Barbera, at a staff wine training session in a hotel where I was a restaurant supervisor. Back then the purpose of those sessions like those was for, well a session! But amongst all of them I discovered a wine that I actually sort of liked, and I fell in love with Barbera back then in 2009.
Fast forward to today, and after what seems like a lifetime ago I get to spend today exploring, sharing and gushing over this exceptional Italian grape and a truly exquisite organic wine. I’m sure that you may have read or listened to me drag on previously about this wine, but I promise I will try not to sound like a broken record!