On drink­ing ad­ven­tur­ously

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‘If you be­have like a sheep you will get treated like a sheep. Stay away from the big brands and the fa­mous re­gions.’

On wine ad­vice

‘A lot of peo­ple find some­thing they like and stick with it. In the UK it is rioja and New Zealand sau­vi­gnon blanc. And if you went into most wine shops and said, “I like New Zealand sau­vi­gnon, what should I try next?” they’d say, “Errr, French sau­vi­gnon?” But French sauvi­gnons and

New Zealand sauvi­gnons are ac­tu­ally ex­tremes.

‘Most wine data­bases are grouped by grape and re­gion rather than by taste. If you go on the Naked site and ask the same ques­tion, hope­fully it will sug­gest some­thing like a Span­ish al­bar­iño or an Aus­trian grüner velt­liner. Dif­fer­ent coun­tries, to­tally dif­fer­ent grapes, but they’ve got that same kind of grape­fruity sweet­ness and acid­ity to­gether that pro­vides the magic of a New Zealand sau­vi­gnon.’

On the next big thing

‘For reds, my tip for the next big thing is Touriga Na­cional from the Douro re­gion of Por­tu­gal. The vine­yards are in­cred­i­bly steep and the vines have to strug­gle like hell so it’s very con­cen­trated.

‘I think its wines are just spec­tac­u­lar – they’re like full-bod­ied pinot noirs with that same kind of per­fume about them.’

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